Across the country on June 6, we’ll take to the streets, trails, and paths via the Virtual Race app. It’s like a traditional 5k—friendly competition, t‑shirts, finish line selfies—only you pick the route.
To join the race, you must first register on this site. After registration, you’ll get a text with a unique code and instructions to download the Virtual Race app we use for the event. From there you can create a team and challenge friends to join you virtually.
When it’s time for the event, you lace up your shoes and activate the race tracker in the app. It’ll let you know as you make progress toward 5 kilometers on whatever route you choose in your neighborhood. After you’re done running, we’ll show you how you performed versus others on the leaderboard. Challenge a friend and see who’s faster. Or just stretch your legs and get some fresh air. Plus, just like a regular race, you can get a t-shirt and medal to commemorate the time.
Traci DiStefano was a force of nature. A friend to many, her smile would light up a room. Wherever Traci went, fun and laughter followed. Traci was known for her contagiously positive spirit, love of life and was described by many as a true “wonder woman.” She had an expansive group of friends, many of whom she had known most of her life, who ranged from peers her own age to the children of her friends.
When Traci was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, her network of friends and family — “Traci’s Tribe” as she called them – rallied around her to help. She approached her treatments with optimism and her characteristic ability to see the beauty in life, even during the toughest times.
When Traci tragically lost her battle in 2019, she left a huge void in the lives of those who knew and loved her. Traci’s Tribe wanted honor her memory in a way that would be meaningful to her. Because of the excellent care Traci received at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, the Tribe decided to host a fundraiser to benefit the cancer center. The Kids Comfort for Cancer event would be a way to thank them for caring for Traci, and also to help others facing treatment.
A committee of eight was formed to begin making plans for their inaugural event. What made this committee unique is that it was comprised of four adults and four young teens, who shared equally in the responsibility for making sure all details were covered. The event co-chair was 14 year-old Casey Stone, daughter of CertaPro CEO Mike Stone.
Traci was one of Casey’s mother Kim’s dearest friends, and Traci was like an aunt to Casey. Although Casey has always demonstrated a caring for others, having held fundraisers for various causes for more than half her life, this event was even more special. Casey wanted to honor her friend’s legacy in the best possible way, creating an event that brought families together to celebrate Traci’s life and inspiring other kids to get involved in meaningful causes.
The event was held on the anniversary of Traci’s passing, at CertaPro’s new corporate headquarters in Audubon, PA. To keep with the family-friendly theme, event organizers planned a wide range of interactive activities such as corn hole, balloon art, a kids’ arts and crafts area, photo booth, ping pong, face painting and much more.
Leading up to the event, committee members hand made bracelets and colorful cancer awareness ribbons and assembled baskets to sell at the event. Attendees got to choose which cancer they wanted to represent at the event, making it even more meaningful to those whose lives have been touched by cancer. The committee also worked with local retailers, restaurants and service providers to donate items to be used for the raffle and silent auction. Cav’s Philly Tailgates generously donated all food and service staff for the event.
Special event speakers included an oncologist from Fox Chase and two cancer survivors whose shared their personal experiences. The committee set a fundraising goal of $15K, and when all was said and done, the event raised more than $50K. In addition to promoting the event on the Social Purpose event calendar, Casey was invited by local media to appear on news shows to raise awareness of the event, which she did with poise and grace.
When we spoke to Casey, she shared details of the important life skills she acquired through this process – time management, prioritization, agenda creation, goal setting, communication, public speaking and teamwork. She even deployed a post-survey to event attendees to determine what they liked best about the event and if there were any suggestions for the future.
When asked about her favorite memory of Traci, Casey shared a special moment. The Christmas Eve before Traci’s passing, Casey and her friends organized a group of 25 carolers for a surprise visit to Traci’s house where they sang some of her favorite carols. She was shocked and happy to see them, and overwhelmed by their kindness. It was another cherished memory of Traci that will live in their hearts forever.
Finding your Social Purpose can happen at any age, and getting kids involved is a great way to set them on a path of charitable service to others.
FirstService Residential Austin, TX is conducting a drive to collect items for The SAFE Alliance (The Stop Abuse for Everyone Alliance) from February 3rd to February 26th. The SAFE Alliance is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, both long-standing and respected human service agencies in Austin serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence. The SAFE Alliance provides comprehensive services to survivors of trauma and abuse. They advocate for improved response systems for those whose lives are touched by violence and abuse while working to create just and safe communities. They provide housing, healing and support via the Austin Children’s Shelter and SAFE campuses.
The Austin team is requesting the following items to assist with basic needs in the facilities:
• Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion • Brushes, hair accessories, and hair products • OTC medications (vitamins, aspirin, allergy) • Sizes 4, 5, & 6 diapers, pull-ups, and baby wipes • Toddler meals & snacks • Pantry items (boxed meals, canned meat, cereal) • Individually packaged snacks (granola bars, fruit bars, etc) • Toiler paper, paper towels, & tissue
Austin’s Lakeway office will collect all items and drop off at the facility at the completion of the drive.
FirstService Residential is hosting a Teddy Bear Drive to benefit Travis County child abuse victims.
The Center for Child Protection is a nationally accredited children’s advocacy center and the only non-profit in Travis County involved in the investigation of crimes against children. For more than 30 years, the Center has been the first stop for children in Travis County who are suspected victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse and for children who have witnessed a violent crime. Every month, more than 300 child victims and their siblings receive a teddy bear or stuffed animal after visiting the Center. The teddy bear provides comfort and a sense of safety during a difficult time, and it represents a new beginning for these children.
With a continually increasing number of children visiting the Center each day, we are asking for support in keeping their teddy bear and stuffed animals supply fully stocked. We are asking for new stuffed animals only please and have provided a wish list for easy ordering to send bears directly to our collection office (link below).
Bears can also be dropped of during normal business hours to the Austin office: 7 Lakeway Centre Court, Ste. 102, Lakeway, Texas 78734.
Being able to give back and treat those in need speaks volumes to who we are as people and as a company. We are thankful to work with so many caring people who are willing to assist those in need.
Our employees generously donated $11,606 and combined with the Interstate’s match of $5,000, we were able to raise $16,606 this year.
Since we started the campaign in 2007, employees along with the company match, have donated $99,863!
Thank you for your dedication to giving this year… and always! Together we are stronger and are making a difference!
ESPN West Palm, FirstService Residential, John C. Cassidy Air Conditioning, Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and Stanley Steamer will host charity softball games for Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (FAU CARD). You will enjoy fun family activities, games, food, entertainment, raffles and information from community organizations.
Sat., October 19 at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium
10:30 a.m. – Gates open
10:30 a.m – 2:30 p.m. – KidsFest – Enjoy They Day with Family
Arts & Crafts
Petting Zoo Area
Food & Beverage
Entertainment & Games
And Much More
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 1st Softball Game: John C. Cassidy Air Conditioning vs. Stanley Steamer
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 2nd Softball Game: Winner for 1st Game vs FirstService Residential
We encourage online registration, but registration will be allowed on the day of the event.
*Please note: Kids Tickets are $10 (this covers kids’ activities, food, beverage). Adults are Free! Proceeds raised will be donated to FAU CARD. It’s a great day to give back and have fun!
The St. Pete with the direct leadership of RD Andrew Szaroleta is hosting a Charity Softball Event on Saturday, October 19th from 9 AM to 4:00 PM
All proceeds will go to Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches
Several different vendors form our area are co-hosting the event and bringing their A Teams to play.
We are having MnM BBQ – Kids will eat free
Location: Woodlawn Park 1450 16th St N St. Petersburg, FL 33704
Any Questions go to RD Andrew Szaroleta at Andrew.Szaroleta@fsresidential.com
The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation was chartered in 1955 to carry out a vision: That every child in South Central Texas would receive the best available medical care, even if their parents could not pay. That noble calling remains the Foundation’s driving motivation.
San Antonio Office is holding a silent auction to benefit The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Available auction items will be on display in the office lobby until June 24.
Everyone is invited to come by and bid on the items between the hours of 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday.
3424 Paesanos Parkway, Ste 100 | San Antonio, TX 78231
Please join us in supporting this worthwhile cause.