Barks of Approval for COTG’s Latest Fundraiser
Bolingbrook, Illinois – May 29, 2012 – Chicago Office Technology Group employees
did not hesitate when the request for participants was sent out for the first annual
Flag Football Fundraiser to be played at the Walter Payton Center at Halas Hall.
After the overwhelming response of registration, there was much anticipation over
which COTG bred team would claim the winning title, but there was no question that
this event had the makings to be one of the company’s most successful fundraisers
At the beginning of April, when the announcement was made asking for participants
to play in the game, an overwhelming amount of people registered for the event.
While some signed up for the unique opportunity to play where the likes of Brian
Urlacher and Devin Hester practice, it’s no question that all were playing for the
animals. Two teams, consisting of 20 players and 2 coaches each, were asked to raise
a minimum of $100 per player and $200 per coach. The results of the fundraising
efforts were nothing to growl at, as almost $5,000 was raised for PAWS Chicago due
to the generosity of players and sponsors.
"I enjoyed being a part of this event," said Charlene Cullen, the event's largest
donor of sponsorship money. "When it comes to charity I think it's important to
go all out and I'm really happy that all of the contributions are able to help so
many animals in the Chicagoland area."
In additional efforts to raise money for PAWS Chicago, COTG held a silent auction,
"Jeans Day," and a "Wish List" donation competition in the weeks leading up to the
May 21st flag football game. Over 350 items from PAWS Chicago’s "Wish List" and
almost $1,000 were open-handedly donated through these events. In total, $5,752.50
was donated to PAWS Chicago, in addition to the items for the "Wish List," which
will benefit the Adoption Center.
"Wow, that’s amazing," said Justine Reichardt, Special Events Coordinator for PAWS
Chicago, when she heard the amount of money that COTG was donating. "This money
will go a long way to support our efforts in making Chicago a No Kill city, and
the animals at the Adoption Center will love all of the Wish List donations."
Founded in 1997, PAWS Chicago was created to end the senseless killing of homeless
pets in our community. Since being founded, PAWS Chicago has helped over 20,000
pets find new homes and is on track to have 4,500 pets adopted this year.