October was the month of the woman at Life Care Centers of America’s corporate office. During Breast Cancer month, the Wellness Committee hosted a few unique and fun ways to bring awareness to breast cancer, all while raising money for the cure and prevention.
Associates raised a grand total of $5,365.10 through dress-down days, the Great Duck Pluck, the annual Chili Cook-Off, and personal donations. In addition to fundraising, 29 associates and their family members participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® that was held at the McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Oct. 14. The team is aptly named “Breast Friends.”
“It was great to be at the race and cheer on the Life Care team,” said Kailey Holbrook, a public relations associate whose father and fiancé ran as part of the Breast Friends team. “Everyone did a great job and came out to support an awesome cause.”
On Oct. 12, associates gathered to watch the Great Duck Pluck. The week prior, associates had been able to purchase pink ducks for $5 each. More than 300 ducks were purchased raising $1,740 for Susan G. Komen. At the Great Duck Pluck, ten ducks were drawn from the water by “the duck masters” Steve Ziegler, chief financial officer, and Terry Leonard, senior vice president of information technology. Wayne Griffin was also a “duck master”.
“We had a lot of fun this month raising funds for a very worthy cause,” said Kelley Falcon, vice president of human resources. “Our associates are awesome, caring individuals and step up to the plate every time!”
The annual Chili Cook-Off took place on Oct. 26. More than 10 teams competed to win the title of Best Chili or Best Booth. Booths lined the hall of the Campbell Center with themes ranging from “Pirates of the Cari-BEAN” to a firefighter theme featuring an extra spicy chili. Associates purchased meal tickets and then voted on the best booth theme and décor. The best chili prize was determined by guest judges.
Purchasing claimed the title of Best Chili, while Clinical Services won Best Booth. The Chili Cook-Off raised $1,513.50.
Dress-down days raised $1,650, while personal donations added another $461.60. Overall, October was filled with friendly competition, good food and donations that will help to continue breast cancer treatment research and prevention.