AIT-Chicago Leads the Charge Against Breast Cancer in Suburban DuPage County
For the 15th year in a row, AIT Worldwide Logistics and its co-workers in the Chicago offices engaged in a variety of activities to raise money and awareness for the ongoing fight against breast cancer.
The second full week of October kicked off with the return of the Pinked Out! decorating contest. With nearly every department participating, the office was transformed into a neon pink landscape with themes including football, coffee, boxing and more. One department even went so far as to create a "Pose for Pink" photo booth. All co-workers passing by were invited to have their picture taken and added to the festive collection of photos adorning the surrounding cube walls.
When the entries were posted to a special album on AIT's Facebook page at the end of the week, it was the Claims team that won the contest for the second year in a row. Their butterfly motif was a big hit with more than 100 Likes over the weekend voting period.
The office was also abuzz with activity with the Making Cents of Cancer fundraisers. It all began with the annual Bake Sale opening early in the morning. More than 30 co-workers offered sweet and savory treats including Focaccia Sandwiches, Banana Bread, Turtle Brownies, Chicken Enchiladas and Pumpkin Pound Cake.
With donated prizes including an Apple iPad, 100-level tickets to Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks games, an HDTV and five chances to win $100 cash, the annual Making Cents raffle was a big hit as usual. Co-workers generously purchased thousands of chances in the drawing which was held on Friday afternoon.
The main event, of course, was AIT's participation as a flagship sponsor of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Sunday, October 19. It was the 15th year for AIT and the third year at Cantigny Park in the western suburbs of Chicago. On the crisp autumn morning, thousands of supporters turned out for the event. In fact, according to American Cancer Society representatives, the crowd more than doubled compared to the previous year.
The unexpectedly large number of attendees (estimated at 4,000) did create some parking issues, but most participants were unfazed. More importantly, the unprecedented level of support for the cause was an inspiration felt by many.
With 187 teams taking part for the 2014 walk, a grand total of more than $279,000 was raised in the name of breast cancer research, treatment and awareness. AIT Worldwide Logistics was honored to be the top team for this event and in the end, the AIT team combined to contribute $37,934 - an impressive 13.5% of the grand total.
The American Cancer Society is part of AIT Cares - an initiative celebrating co-worker efforts to give back to the communities where we live and work.