Earlier this year, a committee of Copart employees aimed to fundraise $2,500 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event. Acquisition Marketing Manager Carolyn Pfantz never imagined they would fundraise more than double of their goal.
On June 5, 2015, Copart employees took part in Relay for Life. The company as a whole donated $5,838.26 for the event from personal and team fundraising. With Copart sponsorship and a personal fundraising match donation, Copart donated a whopping total of $15,838.26.
Carolyn is part of the committee that helped organize the charitable giving and fundraising. Penny Wars was one of the methods used by Carolyn to raise money. The war sparked competition and camaraderie among and across departments. Each department had a bucket in plain sight. For each penny in the bucket, the team received a point, for every silver coin and bill, the team would receive negative points.
“Our finance department put in $500 worth of pennies,” Pfantz said.” We fundraised over $2,000 from Penny Wars alone.”
The committee also sold gourmet popsicles to its employees from the local popsicle vendor, Steel City Pops. They hosted a homemade salsa competition and various happy hour socials, all to benefit the American Cancer Society’s event.
In choosing the American Cancer’s Society Relay for Life event, the committee took into consideration a common cause. Since many people are affected by cancer, the committee agreed that the cause was one many of their employees could relate to and stand behind.
Sales Admin. Assistant Erica Augustus participated as a team member on the day of the event along with her children.
“I thought it was important to teach my children to get involved with benefits like this,” Erica said. “We have relatives that have passed away from cancer so it was important to us as a family to help raise money for the cause.”
On the day of the event, Copart had a team of over 100 members. Erica Augustus described the energy of the Copart team as a family.
This was the first year Copart was involved with the event. The money raised in Relay for Life is used for research, facilities, recovery and health and beauty programs for women battling cancer.
Mari Hailu was also part of the committee and raised $255 in her name.
“It was really encouraging to see that our Copart family has such a huge support network and that we really care about our employees, our community, and the important cause that Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society represent,” Mari said. “We have some big goals for next year, and hope that this was the beginning of a lasting partnership of caring between Copart and the American Cancer Society.”
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