Did you know that you can be a champion for The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) at your work place? There are many ways to support the Foundation and one innovative way is through your company's employee engagement program.
Sebastian Perez-Lawrence, a member of the NYC Team Fox Young Professionals, put his dedication to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease and toward connecting a fundraiser on behalf of MJFF with his company, S&P Global. Here's his story:
"As a member of Team Fox Young Professionals and the grandson of a Parkinson's patient, I have tremendous passion for MJFF and helping to speed a cure for PD. I knew there was more I could do, so I talked with my company about fundraising event options. I contacted our VP of corporate responsibility about our "Foxy Fall Masquerade Ball" and they quickly responded. We had a meeting a day later – I was not expecting that! I pulled together a presentation that explained my sponsorship idea and why I wanted to pursue this opportunity. They were so impressed by my perseverance and commitment to MJFF that they made the decision that day to help me with this initiative. They committed to giving $1,000 with the option to get further support in the future."
With the support of Sebastian's company and other corporate supporters, the NYC Young Prosessionals' third annual fall gala -- which touts a black tie, masquerade ball-themed night of fun -- is gearing up to be a hit on December 3. Their goal is to host 250 guests and raise over $20,000 in support of The Michael J. Fox Foundation's research programs.
His story is just one example of how you can be a champion for MJFF. Interested in starting your own fundraiser? Here are three simple steps to get started:
- Think about a program or event that you would like to host at your company. This can include an educational lunch and learn hosted by a MJFF staff member or employee-driven events such a "Jeans Day."
- Get in contact with Sarah DeNapoli at email@example.com to get help on explaining your plan to your Human Resources (HR) or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) representative.
- Set up a meeting with your HR/CSR department about putting your plan in place.
Have an idea but need help executing? Email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org.