FirstService is pleased to present an opportunity to help kids in need this holiday season. Due to COVID, the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs isn’t accepting gift donations for its Holiday Hamper program at this time, but is requesting monetary donations instead. We’ve set a collective goal to raise $1,000, which will brighten the holidays for four deserving kids.
There are two ways we will raise money: Individual fundraising efforts and a Team Jeopardy Trivia Challenge.
Individual Fundraising Efforts
If you are interested in making a monetary donation, please visit https://www.believeinkids.ca/get-involved/2020-holiday-hamper and add “FSV” to the message section. Donors and amounts are anonymous, but by including FSV, Kiwanis will be able to provide us with an accounting of what we donated so we will know if our goal has been met. Please feel free to share this link on your social networks and with family and friends who might be looking for a great cause to support.
We are also planning a fun teambuilding activity to help raise money.
Team Jeopardy Trivia Challenge
On Friday, November 27 at 12:30 pm, FirstService department teams will compete in an online Jeopardy-style competition via Zoom to correctly answer trivia questions. Each team will have one minute to answer their question. FSV will provide a monetary match for correctly answered questions!
For Kali Freeland, supporting Autism awareness is personal. Kali’s cousin, Mandy Conner, founded Northeast Florida Advocates for Autism and Related Disabilities. Mandy started her organization to raise awareness and funds for families in NE Florida with Autism and Related Disabilities. Mandy’s daughter Katelyn loves riding in golf carts, which inspired Mandy’s idea to organize a Golf Cart Poker Run for Autism.
Saturday, September 26th was the 7th Annual Katelyn’s Golf Cart Poker Run for Autism. Participating golf carts visit 5 stops around the Pirates Woods area of Fernandina. Police blocked the streets for 173 participating golf carts this year! At each stop, participants would draw one poker card and compete for the best hand. All cards / scoresheets were safely collected, and the winner was announced at the end of the day.
The event raised $35,000 this great cause!
“I am always proud to volunteer at this event with my family,” said Kali. “This year, I was proud to include Paul Davis slap bracelets in the event bags and represent our brand at this wonderful event!”
Join us for Century Fire Protection’s Annual Charity Clay Shoot benefiting Diapers to Diplomas.
Century Fire’s Charity Clay Shoot is an opportunity to get outdoors, have a good time, and network with industry peers while supporting a GREAT cause. We are partnering with Graystone Church to fund ministries that support orphans and foster families in Georgia and around the world.
All proceeds from this event are donated to Diapers to Diplomas. Over the last two years, we’ve raised over $250,000 for the cause. Our donors and sponsors make it possible for us to host a premium event that directly impacts the lives of orphans and foster children. If you would like to become a sponsor, supporter, or just find out more about the cause click on the links below. Your support is greatly appreciated. We look forward to seeing you there!
At Century Fire Protection we strive to have a positive impact not only on our employees and clients, but also within our community. Doing the right thing goes far beyond our daily work.
Safety is our top concern! Social distancing and COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed.
Back in the spring, West Palm Beach GM Anette Jordan was invited to a fundraiser for a new school in their county of Port Saint Lucie that would be dedicated to children with Autism and related disabilities. Now, the Exceptional Academy for Differently-Abled Learners Inc is a private, non-profit learning center offering a full-time academic educational program for grades 1-6, as well as part-time homeschool enrichment classes for grades K-6.
The school is different than others because of its focus on children’s abilities, instead disabilities. With input from each student’s family, the school’s team of experts tailor a curriculum based on what a child is interested in and the things that he/she is currently successful at. With confidence, grows skills; the teachers work with the children, and their families, to help build their current skills and attain new ones.
This summer, the West Palm Beach team closed one of their older showrooms and opened a brand new one with all new displays. Knowing the school’s needs, Anette rallied her team. They reconfigured several of the displays from their old showroom and installed them at the school – a wonderful and equally “green” effort that also spared the team from discarding all the displays in landfills!
Once again, Paul Davis is partnering with WOKV for the Care-A-Thon held at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care in Jacksonville. All proceeds go to benefit the Child Cancer Fund.
This year, due to the pandemic, the Child Cancer Fund Careathon 2020 will be reformatted. It’s going to be a week-long campaign across Cox Media Group’s 8 radio stations.
A small remote phone bank will be operating to kick off the event, Monday 7/13 only, for half a day. This will be operated primarily by the CCF Board of Directors and staff. Paul Davis will have 3 volunteers accepting phone calls from 7am to noon Eastern.
The BIGGEST Need is virtual help! We hope you will tune in and share posts with your networks throughout the week on email and social media.
In addition to the phone bank Monday morning (5am to noon), there will be an online auction running from July 13th to 18th (ending at noon) at www.careathon20.givesmart.com. A preview of the online auction items will start July 10 at 5:00pm.
The Child Cancer Fund has not been able to hold a fundraising event yet in 2020 — let’s work together to make this one a huge success.
Join us for a run through the beautiful Amelia Island Plantation. Events include a 5K run/walk, a 5K youth event and a kids fun run.
Forget the tolls and traffic…RUN the Lincoln Tunnel! This unique 5K takes runners through the tunnel and back, all to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey.
The Lincoln Tunnel Challenge is one of the most unique races in the country that not only is underwater but also spans two states. Participants will run or walk a 5K (3.1 miles) certified USATF course. The toll booths in Weehawken, NJ mark both the start and finish of the race. There is a cone turnaround once participants reach the NYC side of the tunnel.
All proceeds benefit Special Olympics New Jersey and the 26,000 athletes they serve.
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.
Proud supporters since 1993, Apple Fitness is proud to sponsor Joy Ride 2020. As part of its commitment to support Make-A-Wish and the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, the company is providing 30 spin bikes to be used at the event. Following the event, these extremely popular, commercial-grade Keiser M3i Indoor Cycles will be offered for purchase for a special price of $1,899 plus tax — nearly $1,000 off retail. And it gets even better: Apple will donate $100 for every bike sold back to Joy Ride 2020!
So, gather your coworkers, friends or family and join the Joy Ride! Teams will embark on a 12-hour stationary ride at this energetic and fun filled event.
The more people on your team, the more ways you can divide your 12 hours. One person from your team must be riding at all times. Ride for 3 hours or ride for 15 minutes but whatever you do, don’t stop riding.
At Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta and the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, kids are our first priority. We share a community of children—many Stollery kids are wish kids too—and offer support at different points of their medical journeys. We have a common goal: to give sick kids a fighting chance and change their lives.
By forming a team and joining the Joy Ride, you will make a difference in the lives of our kids. It’s an event that requires just a little of your time but makes such a big impact in return.
For more information and to register, see yegjoyride.com.