Virtual Halloween-themed fundraiser was a 2021 highlight that brought us together.
By Dave Pond
As the old saying goes, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
In a world where social distancing continues to play a huge role in serving clients and partners alike (and one in which we’ve all received a refresher course on the Greek alphabet thanks to a seemingly endless rash of Coronavirus variants), we’re looking toward 2022 with gratitude for those we have met at various online and in-person events and the financial institutions we’ve helped unleash the power of financial productivity.
But one of the year’s biggest highlights had little to do with our financial services or industry expertise — it was simply the opportunity for our employees to gather from home offices across the nation, to help support those in need.
For years, StrategyCorps has partnered with the United Way of Greater Nashville, which helps serve those in and around our headquarters Brentwood, TN. Due to the pandemic, the needs were more significant than ever — and our leadership team vowed that the pandemic would not scare us away from achieving our fundraising goals.
As Halloween fell squarely in the middle of this year’s three-week campaign, our team of organizers and event planners went all-in to bring the StrategyCORPSE Frightful Fundraiser to life. It was full of holiday-themed events like pumpkin-carving and pet-costume contests, a 50/50 raffle, a unique online mixer with company leaders, prize drawings, themed t-shirt sales, and more all completed with an eye on filling the coffins — er, coffers — of all in need.
“With the campaign being virtual this year, we had to get pretty creative,” said Taylor King, a StrategyCorps project coordinator and the 2021 campaign chair. “We knew that going several events combined would get more people involved than just having one opportunity to get together.
“Employee participation was high this year, and our committee was so happy with the results and being able to help bring everyone together.
King, who was joined by Andrea Steele, Andrea Parent, Brittany Moyers, and Courtney Kibler in planning Frightful Fundraiser activities, announced earlier this month that StrategyCorps employees scared up a total of $18,826.82 during the 2021 campaign — money that will support local United Way solutions that improve the education, financial stability, and health of our Nashville-area neighbors as well as those in our remote employees’ local markets.
For us at StrategyCorps, that’s what it’s all about. So, as we look to 2022, we simply want to say thanks. Our hope is that you’ll be able to take a moment to reflect on all that was positive during a year of uncertainty and use that to ignite your passions going forward.
Finally, whether you celebrate Hannakuh, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or simply being together with friends and family, happy holidays and best wishes from all of us at StrategyCorps and BaZing.