Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"Dog Days of Summer” Raises the Bar

The Salvation Army HR department's Dog Days of Summer fundraiser has raised the bar for Area Command fundraisers by earning $600, the most lucrative event this year. TSA is a United Way Agency, and as part of our internal TAUW campaign each department is charged with hosting an event to raise money for TAUW’s annual campaign.

HR department members sent out e-mail teasers starting a month before the event, using every bad pun and play on words related to dogs that they could come up with. What did they serve for lunch? Hot DOGS. Employees voted for their favorite dog by putting cash in jars with the dog’s photos taped to them. Major Williams got in on the fun by putting out a jar with his cat’s photo on it, but he was disqualified.

The department brought in guest speakers and barkers from the Owasso Police Department and Therapetics. Prizes were donated by Southern Agriculture and Merritt’s Bakery. Committee members were: HR Director KyKy Kanyiki, HR Administrative Assistants Kimberly Willis, Mardina Blackshire, Ann Loveless; Nancy Lloyd, Benefit Dinner Assistant.

Photo 1: Michael Dishman, Fundraising and Special Events Director, poses with his Miss Tilly who earned the tiara by winning the Cutest Dog Contest.

Photo 2: BoBo Godwin. As a cat owner, I’m hoping that the next event will be a Cutest Cat Contest, because I think BoBo will win.

What do you think? Does your company or organization host United Way Fundraisers? Please, post a comment and/or photos and let us know!

-Sallie

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