It is pretty amazing how $1 million dollars has been raised by the First Weber Foundation since 2005, considering most of the money comes in small amounts like $5 per pay period or $10 per home sale. “When everyone chips in, great things can be accomplished” says Foundation Director Mary Grunow.
Below is a reprint of the Easter Seals article originally posted in the Easter Seals newsletter :
“If you do good business in a community, you have to put something back,” says Jim Imhoff, Chairman and CEO of First Weber Group.
And putting something back is something the First Weber Foundation has done exceedingly well. Last fall, the Foundation, formed in 2005, passed the million dollar mark in funds donated to non profits across the state – funds which have come almost entirely from First Weber Group employees and sale associates.
“That million dollars was raised by all of our people giving back to their communities, selling houses and really committing,” says Foundation Director Mary Grunow. “Most of it came in small amounts – $5 per pay period or $10 per home sale. When everyone chips in, great things can be accomplished.”
Easter Seals Wisconsin considers itself very fortunate to have benefited from that steady commitment. Even before the Foundation existed, First Weber Group President Bob Weber was investing time in Easter Seals, personally asking business associates, partners and friends to support the organization through the Easter Seals telethon and later, through the Annual Campaign. When the Foundation was formed, the level of support to Easter Seals expanded. Gifts made to Easter Seals by First Weber Group employees were matched by the Foundation and, in 2010, the Foundation stepped up to sponsor Starry Night, an Easter Seals event held each spring to launch the Annual Campaign. The event showcases Easter Seals in a very personal way, providing guests the opportunity to meet children and adults who have benefited from Easter Seals programs and to hear firsthand how those programs touched and changed their lives.
“The First Weber Group Foundation has made a real commitment to making a difference in the communities where they work,” says Christine Fessler, President and CEO of Easter Seals Wisconsin. “We’re so happy that they’re helping keep our services available to people with disabilities across Wisconsin and congratulate them on this wonderful milestone.”