Fundraising is extremely important to everyone here at Directors’ Choice, and is an integral part of the culture of caring for others that we maintain. One organization we have focused throughout our years in business is The Terry Fox Foundation (http://www.terryfox.org/). Most recently, we are proud to announce that we recently wrapped up a Silent Auction in support of this great cause. Along with supporting this established and well-respected foundation, we had a great deal of fun and many of us came home with new treasures!
About the Terry Fox Foundation: Terry Fox was a Canadian humanitarian, athlete, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometers (3,339 mi), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy. The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$500 million has been raised in his name. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_fox)
Because of our many home agents, this year our fundraising turned virtual and we held the silent auction through MS Sharepoint. Using item photos, bidding sheets, and descriptions in spreadsheets, staff members in and out of the office placed their bids and competed against each other in good fun to go home with some new and “new to you” items. We are proud to announce that we raised over $1,300 for The Terry Fox Foundation with this one event!
Here are some of the highest grossing items:
8 Desktop Computers (held in storage after recent upgrades): $60+ each
A pair of jackets from our local hockey team – the Saint John Sea Dogs: $40
Mary’s Famous Brown Sugar Fudge: $22 (double-batch!)
And one staff member even set aside a $100 budget to purchase 42 out of our 167 donated books (she takes her reading very seriously)! She even offered to sell the books to other staff members after reading them and donate further proceeds back to Terry Fox!
Please share your fundraising efforts!