With my new job, I took on the responsibility of being Team Captain for our Light the Night team. For those of you that don’t know, Light the Night is a fundraising walk through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society that honors blood cancer patients and those lost to the disease. There are walks in many cities and we had our Tallahassee walk this past Thursday, November 13th.
My company, Brandt Information Services, set a goal to raise $5,000 by November 13th. In order to help reach this goal, my coworker, Mary, and I brainstormed many ideas to encourage people to participate and support this fundraiser.
I wrote up a professional letter and we went to local businesses to request donations of promotional materials like gift cards and coupons. We used these gift cards to incentivize our employees to fundraise or donate by holding weekly raffles of $25 gift cards to the top fundraisers of the previous week. One of our sponsors was Gold’s Gym, who donated three 3-month platinum gym memberships, which we gave to the top three fundraisers for the month of November.
We planned luncheons and had guest speakers from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society come talk to us about the walk and our honored hero. I also sent out weekly emails noting everyone’s progress and the steps we needed to achieve our goal.
After months of hard work, hundreds of emails, and many, many kind souls, we not only reached our goal, but surpassed our goal with flying colors. We raised $6,056 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! This money will help discover life-saving treatments and could ultimately help find the cure.
This past Thursday, we walked in support of the millions of heroes.
The night was one of the first cold nights in Tallahassee and it got dark at 6pm due to Daylight Saving Time. We started to set up the event at 4pm and the walk lasted from 7-8pm.
There were booths and tents with fun activities, live bands, fitness experts to help keep warm, and lots of free food.
Right before we started walking, Tallahassee’s honored hero, Jonathan Defuso, told us his story and how LLS has affected his life. It was so incredible seeing how a simple donation and act of kindness can personally impact someone so much. I know I’ll never forget how his story made me feel.
Together, we walked in support of finding a cure and we lit the night with hope.
The entire night was extremely beautiful and moving. I’m so grateful to everyone who helped to make this night special whether it was through donating, supporting, or thinking of those lost souls. I’m honored to have been able to help in some small way, and look forward to lighting the night next year and the next.