Safety 2014: Foundation Events and Results
This year the Foundation raised an astonishing $200,000 from individuals, chapters, and corporations in just four days during Safety 2014. We are grateful for the generosity of those who are truly dedicated to furthering workplace safety, and who understand the importance of the Foundation’s place as a leader in providing opportunities for likeminded individuals to make a difference for themselves, their communities, and the world. The Foundation hosted several events at Safety 2014, growing our programs and giving thanks to the countless individuals who support our cause.
Although forecasts of spotty rain were constant, Sunday was a gorgeous day for the Safety Matters Golf Outing. In one of the Foundation’s largest tournaments, nearly 500 golfers met at the Ritz-Carlton® Golf Club for a fantastic day on the fairway. Winding through lakes and forest, and offering spectacular glimpses of the local wildlife, the outing was an amazing experience for everyone and a great success for the Foundation.
At the House of Delegates meeting on Sunday afternoon Board of Trustees Chair Fay Feeney presented the State of the Foundation. Feeney discussed the past year’s successes, most notable the Foundation’s greatest fundraising year to date with more than $800,000 in donations. She also highlighted new paths the Foundation is heading, including a strong focus on research and fundraising through auxiliary advocacy. After inviting the audience “to step into the space where safety is business and business means safety” dozens of chapters and members heard her charge and lined up to contribute to the Foundation, including the Greater Boston Chapter, whose $42,000 donation will fund a scholarship for years to come.
Monday night was the annual Foundation Donor Reception. The Foundation’s Trustees and Next Generation Board members met with over 100 donors and beneficiaries. Board of Trustees Chair Fay Feeney welcomed our guests and thanked everyone for their part in the Foundation’s best year ever for fundraising. Additionally, Feeney recounted the memories and successes of the Foundation’s past few years, and welcomed incoming Chair, Alexi Carli, as the new head of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
The Safety Matters Silent Auction was a huge success and raised more than $12,000 for Safety Matters, the Foundation’s signature fund, which last year launched the Family Scholarship Fund and the Next Generation Board. A closing party and countdown marked the end of the auction on Tuesday with dozens of bidders attending to celebrate the final seconds. With multiple iPads, autographed sports jerseys, timeless collectibles, and two Walt Disney World Resort packages available to bidders, the auction was one of the most popular events during Safety 2014 with nearly 500 bidders taking part!
The Foundation sincerely thanks everyone who participated in its events during Safety 2014. We are proud to have such generous donors, outstanding beneficiaries, and dedicated supporters of safety at our side. We look forward to seeing you next year in Dallas at Safety 2015!