SanMar Donates $121,000 to Charity
SanMar, Issaquah, Wash., recently made a difference in each of its eight communities around the country by fundraising for organizations that support local homeless populations. The home office and distribution centers joined forces to raise $121,000 for charities.
“One of our SanMar family values is to make a difference, and it was truly inspiring to see everyone come together and raise money for such wonderful organizations,” said Marty Lott, founder and CEO of SanMar. “I challenged our teams to come up with new, inventive ways to build excitement and a bit of competition with our fundraising efforts. I’m amazed by the results, and take great pride in knowing that these efforts by SanMar employees will truly make a difference in the lives of many of our neighbors.”
Employees in the company’s home office spent two weeks participating in fundraising activities, competitions and events, such as raffles, an online auction, collections to dress managers in superhero costumes, a chili cook-off, SanMar Oktoberfest and other more. The team raised $88,000 for Friends of Youth, an organization that has been helping young people in challenging circumstances get their lives back on track by providing shelter, programs and support at 21 sites in 18 cities in the Puget Sound region of Washington.
Each of SanMar’s eight distribution centers hosted local events to support charities near and dear to their communities. Focusing primarily on organizations that help homeless youth and veterans, the warehouses raised a combined $33,000. Games, bake sales, barbecues and other events generated the funds that charities rely on to continue doing their work.
The total amount donated includes funds that SanMar employees raised, as well as a company match.
For more information on SanMar, visit www.sanmar.com.