Last year was the Local Community Outreach Committee’s first full year of service and support to our community. We closed out the year by collecting over $1,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, volunteering at New Lease on Life Animal Shelter, raising money through two luncheons, and collecting items for Akron’s Children’s Hospital of the Mahoning Valley, Easter Seals, and more. Now that 2019 has come to a close, we are excited to push forward with 2020 and our vision for outreach in the new year.
We have chosen an organization to support throughout the year through various fundraisers and supporting events. The organization is called the Magic of Michael Foundation. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this group… This organization was created after a family local to the Boardman area lost two of their sons, John and Michael, to a rare neurological disease called adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). John survived 8 years with ALD, while Michael lived to be 27. His time was spent in the dugout where he made friends with players and became the bat boy while also suffering from debilitating seizures. Throughout this time, Michael and his family were always able to lean back on the community that supported them. Now, they strive to provide something meaningful to keep Michael’s memory alive.
Already this year, we have hosted a SOUPer Bowl where Team Schein Members brought in their own soup concoctions to raise money for this worthwhile cause. The winner of this was our Manager of Development and Quality Assurance, Tina Prestas, with her broccoli and cheddar soup. We were able to raise over $150 in this one event.
Throughout the rest of the year, we are excited to hold fundraisers, drives for various organizations throughout the region, and other events to raise money for the Magic of Michael Foundation. Our Team Schein Members are ready for another year fueled with giving back to the community and we are excited to show our support.
Keep an eye out for future eNotes installments to read more about how MicroMD TSMs are “doing well by doing good” in our local community.