Daymon Worldwide supports and encourages our associates to get involved in the communities where we live and work. Around the world, Daymon people actively participate in both locally based and company-sponsored volunteer activities. Here are just a few examples:
Daymon has been a supporter of local Make-A-Wish chapters for a number of years.
Our Daymon Interactions teams host an annual Month of Giving during September. For the fifth consecutive year, associates came together to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant a wish for children with life threatening illnesses. In 2011, the team raised over $11,000 and sponsored the wish of a local girl who dreamed of going to the Grammys. This year, to meet their 2012 fundraising goal of $15,000, the team is using a variety of tactics ranging from 50/50 raffles to the set up of a creative display of picnic items for associates to purchase.
Community Backpack Program
The Community Backpack Program is another initiative supported by Daymon Worldwide associates as part of the Daymon Foundation backpack drive. For 2012, associates at our accounts H-E-B and Schnucks accounts teamed up with their local Boys and Girls Club to donate backpacks full of school supplies to area children. H-E-B donated 82 backpacks in 2011, and developed an exciting associate engagement program that exceeded their goal of 100 in 2012 with a donation of 102 backpacks to the Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio.
The Schnucks team in St. Louis was also able to exceed their annual donation goal by setting up donation boxes on each floor. Full backpacks along with plenty of school supplies were donated to the Boys & Girls Club of America.
In June 2012, nine members of the Daymon team at Wegmans spent the day at Clara Barton School #2 in the city of Rochester, New York, working with the not-for-profit organization Rochester Roots and the students at the school. Rochester Roots is an organization that “develops self-reliance by providing the education and tools that help low-income people obtain nutritious, locally grown food, and through the development and marketing of urban produce and products.”
The Daymon team helped to get the school yard garden ready for planting by removing weeds, placing stakes in the ground to help the plants grow and spreading straw to prevent further weeds. The team also worked with the students planting different varieties of tomatoes, peppers, carrots, lettuce, swiss chard and flowers. During the summer months, students of all ages in the school area tend the garden and harvest the vegetables.
During the school year, the elementary students and teachers work with Rochester Roots, integrating nutrition, gardening and ecology into the classroom lesson plans. Then the students put into practice what they have been learning in the classroom by spending time in the garden. The students learn about growing, preparing and enjoying high quality, safe, affordable healthy food.
In March 2012, Team Daymon in Stamford, Connecticut participated in SpinOdyssey 2012 for the 10th consecutive year. Eighteen members, including associates, family and friends grabbed their sneakers, rolled up their sleeves and joined efforts to raise more than $7,000 for breast cancer and cancer research. On the big day Team Daymon made a stand on health and fitness participating in Spinning, Zumba, Tennis, Herman Workout and Yoga. It was a fun and a rewarding experience for all!
The six-week fundraising journey brought together the best of the Daymon community. Once the team was assembled, direct donations through Team Daymon’s brand new website were flowing in, followed by a raffle and a carwash in partnership with Greenwich Car Wash in Stamford. The traditional silent auction was a huge success as well! Associates in Connecticut, along with and the rest of the U.S., starting bidding once the auction started and the hot line opened to everyone.
Visit SpinOdyssey’s Facebook page to learn more.
Daymon and Makro Join Together to Support Local Schools – October 2012
Makro recently supplied four underprivileged schools in Johannesburg with enough lap-desks for every student to have their own. Lap-desks are vital for impoverished South African students who don’t have flat surfaces at home to do homework and don’t have desks at school, as they are often stolen or destroyed to be used as fire wood.
The lap-desks are specifically manufactured with the purpose of being balanced on your lap. They are rounded at one end to sit comfortably around your stomach, and have a cut-out handle on the other end so they can easily be carried back and forth from school. The desks are designed to last from grade one until grade 12.
Teaming Up to Support Breast Cancer Research in 2012
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and teams across the Daymon organization came together to support research efforts as well as the many individuals affected by breast cancer.
Associates from the Daymon team at Kroger GO participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. This was the fourth consecutive year that the team has participated in the event. Associates who were unable to attend the event provided monetary support, and over $1800 was raised, which exceeded the team’s goal. Team members included: Bev Eaton; Kim Cook; Tony Contini; Nate Romberger and his wife, Julie; John and Shelia Carroll, Kimberly Honschopp, John Donnelly, Susan Riccetti and her children, Dominique and Alli; Justin Yancey; Bill Dunleavy and Tawnya Antolik.
The Daymon Foundation team at the Wegmans account recently held their second annual bake sale. The bake sale offered an array of pink desserts made by members of the team, as well as a raffle for a hand-painted, pink scarf that was graciously donated by Wegmans Product Developer, Chris Coffey. Nearly $300 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Rochester, New York—an organization that supports breast cancer patients with services such as: transportation to and from treatment; free lodging for patients who have to travel for treatment; free wigs; emotional support programs; cancer education classes and assistance with the physical side effects of treatment.
The bake sale was led by Daymon Foundation members Laurie Harmer, Erin Heckman, Adina Carbone, Heidi Sommers, Kristy Nudo, Wendy Ronhovdee and Naomi Peco.
The Daymon team at Stater Bros. was among the 12,000 people that gathered in downtown Redlands, California to participate in the fifth annual Believe Walk for the Cure. This year the event raised over $500,000 for breast cancer research. Walkers came dressed in all shades of pink and had the option of participating in a 5K or 10K route.
The Daymon team came together at 4:00 a.m. to build gondolas and spent the rest of the morning interacting with event participants. The team gave away healthy snacks and water to the walkers and their families, and was able to educate them about the healthier selection of private brands in local Stater Bros. stores. Participants also received a healthy shopping list memo pad that was designed by Associate Business Manager, Joelle Seesing. Other associate participants included: Brian McDaniel, Michael Weeda, Dennis Dangerfield, Judy Gomez, Dan Webb, Diana Garcia, Herbert Benjamin, Lori Triona, John Fratzke, Tan Marks, Peter Troupis and Shayla Gerber.
Daymon Team at H-E-B Honors Former Team Member and Gives Back to the Community - November 2012
The Daymon team at H-E-B wrapped up another successful United Way campaign with a 45 percent increase in donations. Ryan McLeaird, Business Manager was this year’s United Way Campaign Manager and team members included: Judi Villegas, Business Manager; Doug Coffman, Management Development Associate; Brett Barcelona Jr., Associate Business Manager and Matt Miller, Business Manager.
The team has seen double digit growth in campaign contributions over the past three years. This year’s total donation was $33,373—thanks in large part to the 1st Annual Tommy Williamson Memorial Golf Tournament. Tommy was a Daymon family member for over 10 years, and H-E-B partner for 25 years. He passed away in January 2011. Family, friends, suppliers, H-E-B partners and Daymon associates came to support the memorial event which raised over $7,000. The money was donated to Big Brother’s Big Sisters of South Texas, and Tommy’s wife, Melva presented the check in his honor.
Honoring Peter Brennan
The Daymon Foundation recently held a fundraising campaign to which associates generously contributed individual donations to the sum of $7,005. The amount was matched by the company’s co-founder Milt Sender (picture below on the right), bringing the total donation amount to $14,010.
The campaign was a way for Daymon associates to pay tribute to Peter Brennan (pictured on the left), a long-time Daymon executive who recently retired from the Board of Directors. At Peter’s request, the donation was given to the Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) Trust. The organization, a charity funded entirely by voluntary donations, helps to fund research into the treatment and cause of MSA. To ensure its services are accessible to everyone, the Trust is committed to providing its services free of charge.
The Daymon Team at H-E-B Participates in 7K Fun Run
On February 3, the Daymon team at H-E-B participated in H-E-B’s Fourth Annual Super Bowl Sunday 7K Fun Run. The seven kilometer race benefited Transplants for Children, an organization aimed at providing assistance to young organ and tissue transplant recipients as well as their families.
The Daymon team supported the event through a sponsorship, and 40 associates along with family members participated in the race. The event was a success and provided a good opportunity for Daymon associates to join in H-E-B’s support of a great organization.