Clarion Events launches initiative to support Ukraine citizens

Energy infrastructure damage in Ukraine caused by Russian attacks. (Courtesy: DTEK)

Clarion Events has announced its Clarion Cares corporate initiative to give back to the communities that are affected by and engaged in its events starting with supporting Energize Ukraine in partnership with the energy community through DISTRIBUTECH International and POWERGEN International both taking place in February 2023.

“Clarion understands the important role communities play in helping host our live events, and we want to return the favor. Clarion has established the charitable group Clarion Cares to support organizations that align with our core values: care, respect, service, compassion, diversity, inclusion, and sustainability,” stated Greg Topalian, CEO, North America of Clarion Events, Inc.

“The Clarion Cares mission is to collaborate with the industries we serve and together give back to global and local communities which host and are touched by our live events.”

Clarion Events’ internal teams are working with multiple charities to find the right fit for each of their portfolios and events and plan to roll out partnerships for each in 2023 and beyond. Clarion Events’ energy portfolio is the first to find a deep connection to a partner for this new corporate Clarion Cares initiative with two events taking place this February – DISTRIBUTECH International® and POWERGEN International®.

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“We are pleased to announce our partnership and support of Energize Ukraine through Clarion Cares. Together with the energy communities engaged with DISTRIBUTECH and POWERGEN, we strive to help collect and contribute with monetary donations and electrical equipment through the global coalition by the Ukrainian World Congress,” said Desiree Hanson, Executive Vice President of Clarion Events, Inc.

Energize Ukraine is a global initiative to immediately help the Ukrainian people rebuild their energy infrastructure which has been destroyed by Russia’s ruthless and massive missile attacks that have damaged over 40% of Ukraine’s infrastructure.

“The support of Clarion Cares and the energy community is urgent, and we thank Clarion Events for their generosity and compassion,” added Paul Grod, President of the Ukrainian World Congress. “Average Ukrainian citizens are without electricity, heat, and water. Temperatures are well below freezing. Seniors are trapped in their apartments as elevators are not operational. People will die if we do not help Ukraine immediately rebuild its electricity infrastructure.”

A kiosk for Energize Ukraine donations will be available at DISTRIBUTECH International®, which will be held in San Diego, California, February 7-9, and at POWERGEN International®, which will be held in Orlando, Florida, February 21-23. Additionally, DISTRIBUTECH will host a Special Briefing: Update on the Ukraine Electric Grid on February 8 during the event.

By donating funds, the Ukrainian World Congress will be able to fund the delivery of donated equipment or the purchase of new or used equipment to the areas of Ukraine that are most in need and have experienced the most devastating destruction. Learn more about the equipment needed and donate at

Clarion Events will be announcing additional Clarion Cares partners and local support efforts later this year. For updates and to learn more about Clarion Cares, visit

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