Make a Difference Day - 2011

Maurice Sporting Goods was awarded the 2011 Anne Fawcett Corporate Community Spirit Award!

Maurice Sporting Goods was awarded the 2011 Anne Fawcett Corporate Community Spirit Award, which celebrates outstanding achievement in Volunteerism. The ceremony was held on Saturday morning at their Annual Conference. David Ciardullo and Mona Paolini attended the ceremony and were honored to receive the award from Anne Fawcett herself. Anne Fawcett has been a dedicated supporter of the YMCA for over 30 years and had some very kind words to say about Maurice.

"I am very proud to announce that this year’s recipient of the Anne Fawcett Corporate Community Spirit Award is Maurice Sporting Goods. Today, Carmine and I are excited to have Mona Paolini and David Ciardullo from Maurice Sporting Goods here to accept this award. The group from Maurice Sporting Goods came to the YMCA looking for a day of community involvement for their staff. They wanted to participate as one large group to support children in Peel Region, so 60 volunteers were placed at YMCA Camp Kelso.

There they ran a camp day for the children by setting up four stations: archery, fishing, a large group game and a predator walk. They used their expertise in outdoor activities to educate and have fun with the children. They planned the activities themselves and supplied all the sporting equipment — which they generously donated to camp at the end of the day. The children were thrilled at having something out of the ordinary offered to them.

The Maurice group has outstanding drive and enthusiasm for their community and how they influence it, shutting down operations as part of their annual “Maurice Cares Day.” They integrated an educational component to their event, teaching the children the basics of archery, discussing the different species of fish that can be found in Ontario’s waterways and wildlife in local woodland areas. This group has gone above and beyond any level of participation offered by our corporate volunteer groups and their enthusiasm is infectious! They encourage their business partners to contribute, and their transport partner shipped the equipment for the children free of charge. In fact, when we visited the event, one of the Maurice team members was giving a tour to a representative from another of their business partners — who was so impressed he asked to participate next summer!

The Maurice group’s leadership and dedication are evident in every interaction they have had with the Y. They don’t just show up to put their time into the one day; they make several site visits, liaise with staff, pre-train their staff, and work out schedules and logistics. They’ve made many children’s experience at YMCA Camp Kelso something to remember, and we look forward to next year!" ~ Anne Fawcett

David Ciardullo and Mona Paolini of Maurice Sporting Goods accepting the 2011 Ann Fawcett Corporate Community Spirit Award
Maurice Sporting Goods volunteers at YMCA Camp Kelso
Maurice Sporting Goods volunteers at YMCA Camp Kelso
David Ciardullo and Mona Paolini of Maurice Sporting Goods accepting the 2011 Ann Fawcett Corporate Community Spirit Award

514 associates participated in our fourth Make a Difference Day on Tuesday, July 19th 2011!

Thanks to all who participated and also to those who stayed behind to keep MSG running. We really did make a difference!

Following is a summary by location of the charitable activities, community service and environmental initiatives in which Maurice associates participated.

CORPORATE

2011 Maurice Sporting Goods Corporate Group Photo (Northbrook)

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Painting and landscaping for Glenkirk (Provides quality programs for those with developmental disabilities)

Cleaned the shoreline of the Des Plaines River at River Trails Nature Center

Landscaping projects and meal preparation for residents of Ronald McDonald House Chicago

WINGS - Palatine (Women In Need Growing Stronger: Ending Domestic Violence and Homelessness One Family at a Time)

WINGS - Niles (Women In Need Growing Stronger: Ending Domestic Violence and Homelessness One Family at a Time)

Lambs Farm, provided lanscaping, weeding and general grounds work

Cared for and brushed cats and dogs at the shelter. Donated food and toys.

CENTRAL WAREHOUSE

Painting and upkeep for Skokie community projects

SOUTH (Atlanta)

Fishing with YMCA children at the Cubihatcha Nature Center. Partnered with the Henry County Water Authority.

WEST (Reno)

Paradise Park Clean-up

NORTH (Mississauga)

Provided a day of archery, fishing, a large group game and a predator walk for kids at YMCA camp.

Provided a day of archery, fishing, a large group game and a predator walk for kids at YMCA camp.

BENTONVILLE

MWA Food Bank

DANIELSON (Seattle)

Created packets of fishing tackle for Heartbeat for Wounded Warriors Project

DENVER

Aurora reservoir, landscaping, trail maintenance

MIAMI

Hollywood Beach Clean-up

SOUTH SIOUX

New Freedom Park Clean-up

CHINA

Kun Shan Forest Park Clean-up

Dong Shan Beach Clean-up

Shoreline Clean-up near Weihei

TERRITORY MANAGERS & DISTRICT MANAGERS

California District: Provided Clean-up and landscaping at American River Parkway

California District: Blood Donation

California District: Dan Hernandez Youth Foundation, spooled fishing reels and combos for kids

California District: Valley Childrens Hospital

California District: Oak Grove Regional Park Clean-up

Great Lakes District: Benson Highway Clean-up with local basketball team

Great Lakes District: Laporte Humane Society

Northeast District: Shoreline Clean-up

Pacific Northwest District: Boise Ponds and Fanno Creek Clean-up