From the week of September 12-15, our Community Campaign was held with the focus of making a difference in the lives of others and our selected local charities. It as a week of fun events while raising funds for local non-profits. It is nearly impossible to not be swept up into the excitement and team spirit during the week.
Laforce is proud to announce that the 2017 Community Campaign raised $42,699.56 for local charities!
The Green Bay office chose to raise funds and awareness for Colton’s Cure – a local charity that works to ease the burden of childhood cancer diagnosis on families in Wisconsin. Here is a look at the week’s events:
Tuesday (Sept. 12)
Tara, the president of Colton’s Cure and Colton’s mom, attended the Kick-Off Lunch to present the heartbreaking story of Colton’s battle with stage IV neuroblastoma and their mission to lighten the financial burden of Wisconsin families who are going through a diagnosis of childhood cancer. It is safe to say many fought back tears during the presentation.
Wednesday (Sept. 13)
Employees could purchase Grab Bags and Popcorn for $1 starting at 1:00 p.m. Within 15 minutes the 440 Grab Bags were sold out. Bags included fun things like toys, candy, gift certificates, raffle tickets, Double Decker game playing cards, and LuLaRoe leggings.
Thursday (Sept. 14)
Members of the 52 Club were treated to a delicious catered breakfast with eggs, biscuits, gravy, potatoes, fruit, juice and coffee. There was also a bake sale that was held throughout the day. Countless dessert donations came in, and employees were satisfied with sweets for the day.
Friday (Sept. 15)
The busy, event-packed week wrapped up with a Finale Lunch for employees. Tara, from Colton’s Cure, was on-hand to hear our current “total raised” which prompted an emotional response from her and many employees. Finally, the much-anticipated raffle baskets were drawn with prizes such as a hammock, a Milwaukee Food Tour, Target GiftCard, round-trip airfare for two, a Yeti cooler, chartered fishing trip, cooking class and more!
Employee generosity does not just thrive in Green Bay, each of the locations selected their own local charity or teamed up with Green Bay. Here is a quick recap of what went on throughout the week at each location:
Appleton chose to support the Community Clothes Closet in Menasha and spent the week wearing jeans, playing bean bags, a guessing jar and raffles.
Austin supported Austin Pets Alive and ended up doubling the amount they raised from last year! Activities from the week included jeans week, a guessing jar, and a 50/50 raffle.
Cincinnati also knocked the ball out of the park by beating last year’s total! Employees raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by enjoying a bake sale, raffle baskets, lunches, split the pot and more.
Columbus supported the Mid-Ohio Food Bank with 52 Club participation and airfare raffles.
Detroit chose the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan to support. They spent the week playing poker, pie in the face contest between contract and aftermarket, “guess the year of the wedding” and getting BBQ and pizza lunches throughout the week.
Indianapolis got creative with an “NFL Pick ‘Em” challenge and an office cookout, all to support Paws and Think.
Madison joined Green Bay to support Colton’s Cure. The activities for the week included a candy guess, clothespin drop, Jenga, target practice and ball toss.
The team in Milwaukee ran a successful campaign for the Hunger Task Force with raffles, floats, food, poker, shake of the day, putting challenge and more!
Phoenix supported Karma Connect of Phoenix by spending time playing games, raffles and enjoying a pizza lunch.
Vernon Hills decided to support JDRF with challenges such as putt-putt, bag toss and ended with a Firehouse Subs lunch and cookies.
Finally, last but not least Willowbrook chose the Greater Chicago ALS for their campaign funds and raised money through raffle baskets, poker games, and lunch.
Our Campaign could not be complete without the generosity of our sponsors, including: Detroit – Woodpile BBQ, Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Burger House 41, Captain’s Walk Winery, Green Bay Children’s Museum, Enterprise, Gordon-Flesh, Hager – ADO Architecture, Independent Printing, Leighton Interactive, Kessler’s, Konop, Nevile Public Museum, PDQ Car Wash, Pizza Hut, Seroogy’s Chocolates, Shell, Stanley, Transitions Family Hair Care & Tanning, Erberts & Gerberts, Glass Nickel Pizza, Green Bay Pizza Company, Aloft Hotel, Fox World Travel, and Complete Office.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2017 Community Campaign! We strive to select charities that can be directly affected by the funds we raise, and needless to say, we are making an impact on all of our communities!