Colliers International Memphis recently participated in its parent company’s “Everyone Gives” social media giving campaign, benefiting several locally-based charities, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
In addition to raising $4,000 in pledges through the Everyone Gives website, St Jude won special recognition and a $2,500 award from Colliers International for being one of the top three charities in attracting the most cities across the world to make pledges.
Gene Woods, president of Colliers Memphis, said it was especially meaningful to have Gina Dalrymple present the $2,500 bonus award to St. Jude along with her daughter, Kendal.
“At our local kick-off for the campaign, Gina, a marketing and leasing assistant in our asset services office, made the St. Jude story very real for all of us by sharing her personal experience,” Woods said.
“Two years ago on this exact day, I took my youngest daughter Kendal to the doctor with what we thought might be the flu,” Dalrymple shared at the kick-off. “It turned out that Kendal had a very rare form of leukemia called APL, so rare in fact that St. Jude sees an average of only three patients a year with it. In 1962 when St. Jude opened, APL had virtually no chance of survival. Now the survival rate for patients with APL is greater than 80 percent. My hope is that generous donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through campaigns like Everyone Gives will not only allow families like ours to continue to receive free treatment, but to hear that their research has made the survival rate 100 percent.”
Overall, “Everyone Gives” raised $741,213 in just 17 days. More than 12,000 individuals in 474 cities donated to 1,479 charities. Participants made donations of every size to charities of their choice and were encouraged to use their social networks to invite friends, families and colleagues to give.