Every year the LaForce offices hold annual Community Campaigns to raise funds and awareness for local charities through games, raffle prizes, donations, and more. This year we are happy to announce that the offices were able to donate over $40,000 to local charities!
This year, the Green Bay office selected the Bark ‘n Blue Foundation as their 2019 recipient, an organization with the goal to help support and provide funding for police K-9 units in Brown County.
Friday (Sept. 6)
Green Bay’s Community Campaign started with a preview day to give the office a taste of what activities would be coming up for the following week. Employees were invited to check out the various raffle prizes, purchase grab bags, and enjoy cookie dough from The Dough Shoppe. Preview day also included a one-day-only raffle for a Green Bay Packer signed football which went to one lucky winner!
Tuesday (Sept. 10)
Tuesday officially kicked off the campaign with a lunch catered by Margarita’s and a presentation from Bark ‘n Blue Foundation, allowing the office to learn more about the charity. Attendees got to see a demonstration from the Green Bay Police Department K-9 unit, as well as an update from Eye Heart World, the 2018 Community Campaign recipient.
Wednesday (Sept. 11)
On Wednesday, employees brought in treats and enjoyed a bake sale along with coffee donated by the Exchange! With that was the ever-popular “LaForce Monopoly”, a fan favorite for many employees. The goal of the game is to fill up the board with all the properties and redeem those Monopoly properties for prizes. Competition was in the air!
Thursday (Sept. 12)
Early Thursday morning, the Green Bay 52 Club got to enjoy a breakfast catered by Renard's. The 52 Club is a group of employees who have donated $52 or more through a pledge form to the campaign recipient! Thursday also included the exciting $1 grab bags, which are bags that employees can buy that are filled with anything from a candy, toys, gift cards, and more. The day included a dunk tank, and a visit from the Caribbean Cruiser, a local food truck. Prior to Thursday, 10 lucky employees battled it out to see who would go in the dunk tank through a coin/cash war. Among those who were dunked was LaForce’s President/CEO, Brian Mannering. Additionally, team members could continue to redeem Monopoly properties for prizes and put raffle tickets in the various raffle baskets.
Friday (Sept. 13)
Friday was the exciting finale for the 2019 Community Campaign. The Bark ‘n Blue Foundation and a number of officers from the Green Bay Police Department and their K-9 partners were in attendance to hear about the past week and the total amount raised. Following these introductions, the winners for the raffle baskets, the airfare raffle, and the 50/50 raffle were announced. Raffle baskets included anything from kayaks, concert tickets, an Apple watch, handcrafted outdoor bar and bag toss game, or an electric cooler scooter built by a member of our Electronic Security Systems team.
You thought Green Bay was fun? Wait until you hear what the other LaForce offices were doing!
In Appleton, the office chose to support the Fox Valley Veterans Council. Throughout the week, the office participated in a variety of activities, including a spelling bee where they used the military alphabet to spell words, they also enjoyed a pizza lunch!
The Community Campaign was in full swing in Austin, the team raised funds and awareness for the Austin Fire Foundation through a jeans week and Ping Pong Tournament! This turned out to be an office favorite and helped the office raise funds with some healthy competition.
The Cincinnati office raised funds and awareness for Walleyes for Wounded Heroes. The office participated in activities such as a bake sale, candy guessing game, and “split the pot”!
In Columbus, the team chose to continue their support for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Throughout the week, they played a variety of games including BINGO and a Putt-Putt Challenge. All of this helped raise funds and non-perishable items for the food bank.
KnowResolve was the 2019 recipient for the Detroit office’s Community Campaign. The office participated in a variety of fun and exciting events, such as a poker run, guess the grade game, where staff had to the guess the age of a staff member from school pictures, and a raffle to win a massage.
LaForce’s Houston team raised funds for United Way of Greater Houston through helping with the Tellepsen Poker Tournament! They assisted at the poker tournament to give back to their local community.
For the Indianapolis Community Campaign, the team decided to raise funds for the Trinity Youth Foundation. The office participated in the 52 Club and held events, including a water pong tournament to get everyone involved!
In Madison, the office participated in fun games that helped raise funds for the charity, Badger Honor Flight. A paper airplane contest, ring toss, and bowling were just a few of the games that the Madison office hosted.
Milwaukee was excited to raise funds for Zachariah’s Acres this year, a charity they have continuously partnered with. In order to help raise money, Milwaukee had games and raffles for the office to take part in. The exciting games included poker, a water balloon toss, and more!
The Minneapolis team chose to volunteer at Neighbors Inc. for their Community Campaign. They organized donated clothes and a storage space to make room for a new food store.
This year, Vernon Hills chose the Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation for their campaign beneficiary. They helped raise funds and awareness for the organization through a variety of games, including employee trivia and a paper airplane toss. In addition, the team enjoyed a potluck style grill out as an office!
Vista Maria was the selected recipient for the Warren office this year! Through “popcorn & pop” sales and a 50/50 raffle, the team was able to raise funds and awareness for the cause.
Willowbrook was happy to help the Ronald McDonald House for their Community Campaign by raising funds with a jeans week, various raffles, and an office lunch.
Finally, none of this would have been possible without our incredible sponsors and generous employees. Thank you everyone who helped LaForce give back to our local communities. Learn more about LaForce and our dedication to the community on our website.