Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, one of North America’s leading trade suppliers of display, exhibit and event solutions, held a month-long “FUN-draiser” in August benefitting the Andrew Grene Foundation (AGF).
Events included a company-wide 50/50 raffle, Silent Auction, Spare Change contest and a “Dunk-A-Manager” Dunk Tank event. The fundraising efforts raised over $3,700.00 for AGF.
AGF is a charity dedicated to supporting the people of Haiti through education, loans and building projects. One of Orbus’ board of directors, Tim Perutz, co-founded AGF in honor of his close friend Andrew Grene, who passed away in the 2010 Haiti earthquake while working on a project for the United Nations.
Orbus employees were invited to participate in the “FUN-draising” events organized by Orbus’ Social and Cultural Committee. The fundraising began with a 50/50 Raffle, where tickets were sold company-wide each week, with 50 percent of the proceeds going into a donation to AGF, and 50 percent going to four employee winners. Total sales from the raffle raised $918.00 dollars. Employees were also encouraged to bring in spare change from home, cars or desk drawers, raising $1,037.00 during the Spare Change contest. The board of directors doubled that amount.
On Aug. 28, the month of fundraising concluded with a “Dunk-A-Manager” and Silent Auction event. Ten management team members were voted into the tank by colleagues, and for a two hour window, employees had the chance to pay to dunk them and were charged $1/ball. Simultaneously, employees enjoyed a pizza lunch and were able to browse the Silent Auction. Between the two events, Orbus raised $770.00. Video from the dunk tank event is available on Orbus’ Facebook page.
In total, Orbus raised over $3,700.00 to donate to AGF. The funds will be applied specifically to sponsoring students of The Andrew Grene High School in Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The school opened its doors in August of 2012, and recently completed an expansion to serve more students. The funds raised by Orbus will be allocated to sponsoring 21 children to attend the high school for one school year, inclusive of tuition, books, meals and other supplies.
“It has been remarkable to see the generosity of Orbus employees,” said Giles Douglas, President and CEO, Orbus. “We are very pleased to have been able to help make a difference in the lives of so many for a cause that is close to us.”
To donate and learn more about the Andrew Grene Foundation, please visit www.andrewgrene.org