2014 Toys for Tots

 

When you were a kid, what was the thing that most defined Christmas? Yep! Christmas Presents! And as a kid we all looked for that special toy to show up under the tree, in our stockings or wherever your tradition dictated. Now is your chance to pass that feeling on to some of Kansas City’s most deserving.

SSC is pleased to again partner with Selective Site Properties, our real estate company, for the holiday Toys for Tots toy drive in Kansas City, MO.  Our office Toys for Tots grand master, Pat Lafferty, has lead  this drive for the last 16 years and doesn’t seem to have any plans on stopping! Making a difference in the lives of children across the metro at Christmas time, giving back to his community, and being a part of big, cool things that make a difference are some of Pat’s passions.

It all started when he was working with a real estate firm, and they gathered large amounts of toys every Christmas for kids in need.  Pat started to notice that many large firms in the KC area participated in the Toys for Tots toy collection, and was impressed by how much was raised for the organization.  Fast forward to today, Pat is working on breaking his record from last year, where he collected 6 barrels full of donated toys, and was second only to Wal-Mart in collections.  Good job, Pat!

With connections in his own neighborhood, where he is the president of his Home Owners Association, as well as making and keeping good relationships with his clients, Pat is able to reach out to multiple neighborhoods in the area to collect donations for kids 12 years old and under.
A large portion of the toys donated in the metro will be given to families in need that reside in the metro. You can feel good that your donation is actually impacting your community.  If you don’t have time to go buy a toy for collection, you are welcome to make a cash donation that will fund the purchase of toys for distribution.  100% of cash donations are turned into toys and are given away, so you can feel confident your contribution is filling the holidays with joy for a kid, rather than filling someone’s pockets.

Donation collection barrels will be in the office until December 16th, so next time you’re out making an errand run, pick up a nice shiny new toy, and bring it unwrapped to the office for Toys for Tots.  This is a great opportunity for you and for SSC to give back to our community. Let’s help Pat make it a banner year!
Thanks for keeping up this tradition, Pat!

Pat 09Pat with donations in 2009

A Personal Connection with FFB, By Terry Super

Hello Blog readers! This week our post is written by Terry Super, one of the Principals over here at SSC. You may remember reading an earlier post about our involvement with the Foundation Fighting Blindness during the MoKan Wireless Association Golf tournament, but why are we involved with them  Well, here is why (Take it away, Terry!):

In 2006, MoKan Wireless held its first charity golf tournament in St. Louis, MO.  The beneficiary was an organization called The Foundation Fighting Blindness.  As I listened to the FFB representative speak and I read the brochure, I took note of the mention of age-related macular degeneration as one of the retinal diseases that the foundation was fighting – coincidentally, I had just been diagnosed with AMD during a routine eye exam a few months earlier.

The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness is to drive the research that will provide prevention, treatments and cures for people affected by Retinitis Pigmentosa, Macular Degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

When I returned to Kansas City, I contacted the regional FFB office in Chicago and asked if there was a local KC chapter.  Mary Ann, the regional director, said that there was not, but asked if I’d like to start one.  I agreed and we were off and running.

Over the years, our chapter has held many meetings to disseminate news and breakthroughs in research and development activities supported by FFB.  We held our first VisionWalk, the foundation’s signature fund raising event, in 2008 and it has grown every year with over 500 participants in 2014.  We have also forged relationships with local strategic partners providing services to the visually impaired, like Alphapointe Association for the Blind and local Lions Clubs.

So, if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a retinal degenerative disease, The Foundation Fighting Blindness is a wonderful resource for information and support.  Visit www.fightblindness.org for more information.

I didn’t experience any obvious symptoms when I was diagnosed, so I urge you to have an annual eye exam.  Because my AMD was discovered in its early stages, I’ve been able to control the progression with over-the-counter drugs – some people are not that lucky.

With the diligent work of The Foundation Fighting Blindness – a cure is in sight!

SSC Recent Events

It’s been a busy last few weeks for SSC- Between everyone getting into a fall routine, saying our final farewells to summer, and some volunteer work done by some of our staff, we have had plenty to do!

Last Friday, September 19th, four of our Overland Park office staff went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual Light the Night fundraiser walk.  We spent the afternoon meeting some great people who are making their corner of the world a better place, one lantern, ribbon, rose, and pumpkin decoration at a time.  With a sense of renewed comradery, we worked setting up memory gardens, blowing up balloons (no matter how old you are, talking with helium is always funny) and assembling hundreds of battery operated lanterns for the night’s festivities.  We even got tee shirts!

The following Monday, our very own Larry Louk hosted the annual Golfology Fore Cardiology tournament. With corporate sponsors from all over the metro, and 10 of our own employees volunteering their time, the tournament was a great success.  Raising money for the University of Kansas Hospital cardiology research, Golfology Fore Cardiology is a great help to those struggling with heart issues, both past and present.

What’s next on the horizon for the feel-good side of SSC? How about our Toys for Tots toy drive! Pat Lafferty, our in-house real estate broker, heads up the toy drive every year.  We can’t wait to have a part in making some great kids have a great holiday season.

Happy Last bit of September everyone! Keep coming back throughout October for most posts about what’s going on around here.

-Abi

MoKan Wireless Association Golf Tournament

After many years of collaboration with the MoKan association, we were happy to again be a part of the festivities held this year for the 9th annual golf tournament in St. Louis, MO. MoKan has a great history working with local organizations to sponsor, and this year did not disappoint. Three local organizations were the recipients of a total of over $30,000 raised from donations and raffle items contributed by many companies;

Foundation Fighting Blindness

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 

Megan Meier FoundationMOKAN carts

The day before the Thursday tournament, SSC was proud to sponsor the happy hour for MoKan and all of the golfers, sponsors, volunteers and their guests.  When you put a bunch of wireless people together in a room and slap some name tags on them, you get an excellent mix of business and the “real” stories. After some mingling and a few hilarious rounds in the sponsored photo-booth, we called it a night to prepare to the bright and early (and HOT) start to the day at the golf tournament the next morning.

The course was full this year (144 golfers!) and SSC not only had some teams on the course, but also sponsored the 8th hole, hiring Roger Caldwell with Great Golf Events to make it an even more interesting game. Roger bet participants anywhere from $20 to $100 dollars that they couldn’t make a birdie on the hole- Many tried, but only 6 succeeded. They were congratulated with a high-five, and an immediate cash payout of their bet.  In the end, the donations from this game were over $800.00 to add to the overall total raised throughout the day.

After a long day and some excellent birdies, SSC had a team take home 3rd place overall (You go, Jim, Larry, Terry and Chuck!) and Ashley Wessel, one of our Site Acquisition Specialists in the St. Louis Office take closest to the pin in the Women’s division.

Thank you to the entire MOKAN board for a great time, and we look forward to next year and the upcoming event too!

If you want to know more about the interesting and good things MoKan wireless association is doing throughout the year, check out their Website at:

www.mokanwireless.org

-Abi