The Phoenix office of Grant Thornton LLP is pleased to announce it has raised nearly $7,000 for the Phoenix Chapter of the Breast Cancer Network of Strength, exceeding its initial fundraising goal of $6,500. The office, which has supported the organization on a local level since the event’s Phoenix inception in 2007, had more than 80 team members, friends and family participate in the Network of Strength Walk to Empower at Tempe Beach Park in May.
“Our team got very creative with its fundraising this year,” said Managing Partner Brad Preber. “We held bake sales, used book sales, wine tastings, sold a cookbook of employees’ favorite recipes and even partnered with Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman to declare the week leading up to the race as ‘Spring for Strength Week’ to inspire other local businesses to take part as well,” finished Preber.
In addition, Network of Strength partner Bumble Bee Foods named Maia Legge, an associate in the office’s National Tax Strategic Solutions department, a BeeWell for Life™ ambassador for the walk. As part of her duties, Legge used social media to capture special moments during the walk.
The Breast Cancer Network of Strength provides immediate emotional relief to anyone affected by breast cancer through the YourShoes™ 24/7 breast cancer support center, which includes the country’s only toll-free breast cancer hotline staffed exclusively by breast cancer survivors. Nationally in 2009, Grant Thornton contributed $195,000 through sponsorship and fundraising by partners and employees, and nearly 500 people from the firm participated in Network of Strength’s Mother’s Day Walk to Empower in 12 cities across the country. To find out more about Breast Cancer Network of Strength, please go to www.networkofstrength.org.
This initiative is one of the many community outreach programs supported through Grant Thornton C.A.R.E.S. (Community Awareness and Responsibility Expressed by Service), a program created by Grant Thornton designed to demonstrate leadership not only in its industry, but also in its community. Through the program, employees contribute time, money and expertise to local civic organizations, charities, universities and professional associations.
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