Last week Mspark partnered with the Dear Jack Foundation (DJF) and the Raise Your Voice $200k Challenge. The DJF supports adolescents and young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer, and this annual event works to raise funds supporting their programs. This is the second year we’ve joined in the Raise Your Voice Challenge (read more about last year’s events), but this year we made it bigger and better, and we raised even more funds for this worthy cause.
“I’m so proud of our team and the funds we raised for the Dear Jack Foundation!” said Steve Mitzel, CEO of Mspark. “The funds raised through our events will create real impact in the lives of adolescents and young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer.”
A Winning Line Up
The day-long event included several mini events, giving our team opportunity to contribute and have a lot of fun at the same time. It all started with our Silent Auction, which kicked off a few weeks before the big event day. Some of our clients as well as our team members shared their services and goods as part of the fundraising efforts.
The first event of the day was Mspark Bingo, and Andrea Schwartz, Executive Director at the Dear Jack Foundation, joined us in our “bingo hall” to tell us a little more about how the funds raised at our events helped DJF. Bingo was well attended with a lot of excitement around some great prizes. With a $5 per bingo card price, some bingo-ers had multiple cards. There was even one player with 6 cards. That’s some major eye-hand coordination!
Next up was our Scooter Racing and Relay. Teams donated to DJF to compete through several legs of a relay with the ultimate goal of smashing a pie in their manager’s face. Scooters have become a common sight around the office, so of course a scooter obstacle course was part of the relay, along with paper airplane targets, office chair racing, corn hole and hula hooping. The competition was stiff!
After a delicious pizza lunch with the team, our Dunk Tank was up next. We had this event last year and it was so much fun, our team brought it back with new dunkees this year. Our team members were able to purchase throws to try and sink their favorite dunkee. Participants included:
Lori Sigler, CFO
Derek Ellis, Support Services Analyst
Spence Latimer, Account Manager
Jason Kerstiens, Manager, Account Services, National Brands
Mark Griggs, Associate Marketing Director
After the Dunk Tank came the Sumo Wrestling. New to the event line up this year, some of our team members donned sumo outfits and took to the ring to raise money for DJF. The match ups were intense, and there was plenty of cheering and laughter at some of the antics. Participants included:
Greg Bogich, Senior Vice President of National Accounts vs Tom Caprio, Senior Vice President of Local Sales
Mandy Roberts, Senior Director, Account Services vs Jay Nesmith, Creative Operations Manager
Jamie Adams, Chief Information Officer vs Anna Marie Chapman, Vice President, Human Resources
Chad Graves, Manager, FP&A vs John Edwards, Senior Corporate Accountant
Chris Morgan, Director, IT Operations and Information Security vs Jeremy Hensley, Director of Application Development
Jessica Mitchell, Portfolio Specialist Supervisor vs. Aundria Johnson, Executive Assistant
We wrapped it all up with a Raffle Drawing at the end of the day. Team members bought tickets for their chance to win some cash. Our Silent Auction also wrapped up, with lots of competition to place those last-minute bids.
More About The Dear Jack Foundation
Dear Jack Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in July 2006 by musician and leukemia survivor Andrew McMahon. Supporting the most underserved group within the cancer community — adolescents and young adults aged 15-39 — the DJF provides advocacy and funding of initiatives that target their unique set of needs and works to create more positive health outcomes and improved quality of life from diagnosis through survivorship. For more information about DJF’s work in the fight against AYA Cancer, including corporate sponsorship and volunteer opportunities as well as how to donate, visit www.dearjackfoundation.org.