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Cushman & Wakefield Tampa believes in actively being involved in the community we call home, taking us outside of our office walls and into the community we know and love. We recognize our civic responsibility as a local business leader and our corporate giving to charitable organizations is directed toward local not-for-profit agencies that provide needed services to the community.
In 2017, the Tampa office set a lofty goal of raising $22,500 for the United Way. The United Way has been one of the Tampa office’s corporate charitable partners for the past 30 years. We support this amazing cause as it brings the community together to break the generational cycle of poverty by focusing on education; providing financial and employment education for adults to achieve long-term financial stability; and helping individuals and families in need.
Our month-long campaign ran from September 15 – October 15 and consisted of community service, internal events and a capital raising campaign. During that time, we surpassed our goal by $4,600 with a grand total of $27,100 raised for the United Way! An amazing feat!
In addition to the money raised, the team participated in several activities including:
- Tour of the 2-1-1 Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, a United Way partner, that provides over 4,000 services for people in need in the Tampa Bay area.
- Great Bowls of Fire Game Day Chili Cook-Off, where 10 employees squared off and competed to be the Great Bowls of Fire Game Day Chili Champion. Chili bowls were $1 / tasting for hungry employees and this event alone raised $369. Todd Tolbert’s chili came out victorious.
- Tropical Day & Silent Auction where employees enjoyed tropical cocktails while bidding on new or nearly new items brought in from their fellow Tampa colleagues with proceeds from the silent auction going to the United Way. The hottest auction item was custom invites designed by Tampa’s own Marketing Maven, Shannon Breher.
- United Way’s Day of Caring where the Tampa team gave back at two local non-profits. One group spent the day at Metropolitan Ministries where the team worked in the kitchen assisting with meal prep and in the warehouse where they sorted clothes and other donated items. A second group volunteered at Sterling Heights Senior Nutrition Center where volunteers organized games with local Tampa senior citizens and assisted with lunch service.
The campaign wrapped up with our annual Celebrate Caring Bowling Event.
We are proud to work annually with the United Way and hope to continue surpassing our fundraising goals year after year.
Scott Garlick is a Senior Director, Tenant Advisory Services at Cushman & Wakefield in Tampa.