St. Jude Fundraising Challenge

May 2023

Workforce Go! and Venn Technologies have once again joined forces to make a difference in our fight against cancer.

Similar to the 2020 event, Workforce Go! and Venn Technology teamed up to help an amazing cause while adding a touch of fun and excitement to an industry event. This time, the stakes were higher as Chris Goheen and Scott Hollrah went head-to-head for three days, raising donations and striving to avoid getting a pie in the face.

The competition remained incredibly close throughout, with donations pouring in for each team until the very last minute. Despite the valiant efforts of the Workforce Go! team, the Venn Technology team emerged victorious for the second year in a row, earning the title of Fundraising Champions! Scott was ecstatic to have the opportunity to throw a pie at Chris once more. However, true to his nature as a good sport, Scott also took part in the fun and ended up with a pie in his own face. The involvement of several Sage Software executives added to the enjoyment, making this year’s event an immense success!

But that’s not all. We are thrilled to announce that this year’s event also received significant support from the Sage Foundation. Their generous contribution played a crucial role in the success of the St. Jude event. Although we fell short of our goal of $20,000, collectively raising around $12,000, the Sage Foundation stepped in and made up the difference. Their support has been invaluable in our ongoing efforts to support St. Jude Children’s Hospital and its mission to find a cure for childhood cancer.

Chris, Scott, and their teams take immense pride in having donated over $12,000 to St. Jude. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who participated in the event, generously donating their time and resources to help us in this noble cause. Together, we are making a significant impact in the fight against childhood cancer.

Celebrating Carrollton Elementary School Staff: Workforce Go! Appreciates Local Heroes

Workforce Go! had the incredible opportunity to show our appreciation for the hardworking staff at Carrollton Elementary School, located near our Carrollton office. We organized a delightful lunch event for 80 staff members, and it was truly a heartwarming experience!

The lunch consisted of mouthwatering Einstein’s bagel sandwiches, accompanied by chips and delectable bundtini cakes for dessert. To our surprise and delight, one of the teachers exclaimed, “Wow, lemonade too?!” Their excitement only fueled our joy in serving them.

We transformed their staff lounge into a charming setting, adorning it with beautiful tablecloths, placemats, and vibrant flowers. We even brought out the “good plates” to add an extra touch of elegance. The effort and attention to detail did not go unnoticed, as one staff member expressed, “I feel so fancy!” 😊

As a token of our gratitude, we treated the Carrollton Elementary School staff to pairs of blue blocker Superhero glasses and Workforce Go pens. These small gifts were a way to show our appreciation and bring some fun into their day.

We extend a special thank you to all the dedicated Workforce Go! staff members who contributed to the success of this event. Your efforts in loading and unloading supplies, arranging the flowers, ordering the Workforce Go! goodies, picking up the food, serving and replenishing the serving table, engaging with the Carrollton Elementary School staff, opening doors for them, and clearing away their plates were truly invaluable.

We also express our gratitude to those who held down the fort at the office, ensuring smooth operations while several of us were on-site at the school. Your support and dedication are truly commendable.

We believe in the power of community and want to thank the staff at Carrollton Elementary School for their unwavering commitment to education and their invaluable contributions to the community. Your dedication and hard work make a difference in the lives of so many students.

Once again, thank you to everyone involved in making this event a memorable and heartwarming experience. Together, we can continue to build strong connections and support one another in our mission to empower education and create a better future.

Blanket Making to Help Cancer Patients

This year, our team members were excited to volunteer their time making blankets for Dallas Pink Soles in Motion (PSIM). These blankets will be used to help keep cancer patients comfortable and warm throughout their journey.

Our team collectively completed 15 blankets and 13 Chemo Care bags enabling PSIM to hit their quarterly donation goal.

The PSIM Community Outreach program assists those in need and fighting cancer. Care bags consisting of blankets and hats made by volunteers, socks, and numerous self-care items are assembled and donated to cancer treatment centers located around Dallas. The Workforce Go! volunteers are proud that together they were able to make a total of 50 blankets to assist this wonderful program. Thank you for your time and service to the community!

Please see the PSIM Thank You letter and learn where you can also donate.

St. Jude Fundraising Challenge

Dallas, TX

We’ve done it again! Workforce Go! and Venn Technologies teamed up to see who would collect the most donations in our fight against cancer.

Similar to the 2020 event, Workforce Go! and Venn Technology joined forces to help an amazing cause while bringing a bit of fun and excitement to an industry event. Chris Goheen and Scott Hollrah battled it out for three days to raise donations in hopes to avoid getting a pie in the face.

It was an incredibly close race right up to the last minute with donations coming in for each team. Although the Workforce Go! team fought hard and gave it their all, the Venn Technology team edged ahead taking away this year’s honor of being the Fundraising Champions! Needless to say, Scott was thrilled to throw pie at Chris; but Scott, being the good sport that he is, joined in the fun and had pie thrown in his face as well. Several of the Sage Software executives also joined in the fun making this year’s event a huge success!

Chris and Scott together with their teams are proud to have donated over $14,000 to St. Jude. We wish to thank everyone that joined in the fun and generously donated helping St. Jude Children’s Hospital to continue their fight to find a cure for childhood cancer.

Susan G. Komen 3-Day® 2021

San Diego, CA

This year marks the 8th Susan G. Komen 3-Day® for Diane Griffin, Workforce Go! Client Amazement Manager. Diane’s first walk was in 2010 in celebration of her mother, Thelma Harper, at the time, a 20-year survivor of breast cancer.

It didn’t take long for this event to become a significant part of Diane’s core being as she walks to find a cure and help the women in her life and all women worldwide battle breast cancer. “They deserve a lifetime to live and be cancer-free. I don’t want anyone else to go through what they did, so I walk,” said Diane.

Diane walks with a group of women, Pink Soles in Motion, who help and support each other. They all share the same desire to find a cure during their lifetime. This year, Pink Soles walked in San Diego, CA and completed an amazing 60-mile walk! We are so proud of Diane and the Pink Soles in Motion for their incredible accomplishment and generous gift of time and passion for finding a cure!

Fun stats about the Susan G. Komen 3-Day San Diego walk:

  • Almost every state was represented in the San Diego 3-Day, including Washington, D.C., France, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Canada
  • California had the highest number of registered participants, followed by Texas, Arizona, Washington, Michigan, Minnesota, Georgia, and Pennsylvania
  • The event had a total of 2300 walkers
  • The youngest walker was 15 years old, and the oldest was 89
  • There were 500 survivors registered, with over 800 being their first time

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Dallas, TX
St. Jude Children's Hospital Logo

Workforce Go! together with Venn Technology joined forces and raised $7,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!  It was with tremendous joy for the two teams, who had a set goal of $4,000, to not only achieve their goal but destroyed it!

It all started when Chris Goheen, President of Workforce Go! together with Scott Hollrah, Owner of Venn Technology; agreed to sponsor the Sage Partner Summit event in Orlando, FL.  As with any event that the Workforce Go! team sponsors; it’s part of their DNA to find a way to stand out in a fun and creative way.  With this in mind, Chris and Scott decided that they would enter into a friendly competition to raise money for St. Jude and the loser would get “pie in their face.”  For three days, each team worked the event collecting donations for St. Jude, and entering the donors into a raffle.  In the end, Workforce Go! won the contest, but it was clear that both Chris and Scott were winners.  Both got “pie in their face” and were proud to share with St. Jude a generous gift to help continue their fight to end childhood cancer.  Chris also congratulated Vince Stark with Kerr Consulting on being the raffle prize winner!

Give Back. Give Hope. Give Local

Workforce Go! Carrollton, TX Office

To reflect on the Season, rather than host the company’s annual Christmas Party, the Workforce Go! team wanted to give back to their community and help families in need. Here are two stories of how the Workforce Go! team pulled together to bring the Christmas spirit to those who need it most.

Samaritans Purse Holiday Volunteering

The Workforce Go! team located at the Corporate office in Carrollton TX selected to volunteer and help the Samaritan Inn located in McKinney, TX by contributing a truckload of frozen turkeys and over $700 worth of $20 gift cards for the families residing at Samaritan Inn. They also sponsored two lunches. the first lunch was on December 13th and the second on December 19th. The Workforce Go! team worked together with the Samaritan Inn chef to prepare a menu that consisted of three entrées, side dishes, salads, and desserts. As the families entered into the dining area, the Workforce Go! team greeted each family with a big smile and assisted in serving them their meals. For those who required extra help, the team carried their trays of food to their tables taking extra care of the elderly and little ones. Once all the guests had completed their lunch, the Workforce Go! team jumped into action cleaning the kitchen and dining room leaving both areas ready for the next families to enjoy.

The Samaritan Inn is a comprehensive program that teaches self-sufficiency and life skills to the resident families. They provide a safe and clean place to live while providing education through financial literacy, job readiness, and parenting and computer skills. After completing their program, residents’ transition to housing with subsidized rent and continued support with the help of a caseworker and an individualized action plan and goals for success. Samaritan Inn was founded in 1984 and typically houses 180 people each night with an average stay of 215 days for graduates of their program.

Lealman Fire District Christmas Community Outreach | Workforce Go! St. Petersburg, FL Remote Team

The St. Petersburg Workforce Go! team supported the Lealman Fire District’s Christmas Community outreach program. The Lealman Fire District, located in one of St. Petersburg’s most impoverished areas, collects and purchases gifts for the families within their community. Local businesses, people and the firemen themselves all work together to purchase a large number of toys. Together with the Workforce Go! remote team, hundreds of gifts were wrapped, bikes were assembled, and basketballs & footballs inflated in preparation for the transformation! To allow parents the opportunity to shop for their children, the Lealman Fire Department was converted into a mini “toy store.” Parents can pick out just the right toy for their child at no cost. And the act of giving doesn’t stop here. A few days before Christmas, the Lealman Firemen load wrapped toys on one of the fire trucks, and like Santa, they take off driving through the neighborhoods handing out gifts to the very excited children.

Susan G. Komen 3-Day®

Dallas/Fort Worth

To raise funds for breast cancer research and reduce related deaths in the U.S., Diane Griffin participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® a three-day, 60-mile walk. Last year was Diane’s 4th time to be a part of this walk in honor of her mother. She raised the $2300 required to walk through several fundraising methods including working a 12-hour day at a Texas Motor Speedway beer stand during an Indy Car race, working an entire weekend in a concession stand during the Nascar race at Texas Motor Speedway, holding a golf tournament that our WFG! team participated in, a BBQ cook-off and a yard sale.

Diane thanks Workforce Go! team member Kentrice Jones for her contributions to the successful walk. “Kentrice was my motivator and source of support, walking with me on average four times a week and for up to 18 miles in one day.”

The 2017 Susan G. Komen Dallas Fort Worth 3-Day Thanks Our Walkers (video, 3:03)
Diane will be walking in her 5th walk in November 2018.

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