On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, the Phoenix office of Grant Thornton LLP traded in their slacks for sneakers as they challenged the kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Vestar Branch to a game of kickball – all for a good cause. While the adults put up a good fight, the kids won – in more ways than one.
“Throughout the fall, our firm has been playing in a softball league. To add a fun twist, we challenged the partners at the firm to pledge donations for each run we scored with the idea that we would donate all of our proceeds to a local organization at the end of the season,” said Chloe Mathews, who works in the Business Advisory Services Department of Grant Thornton.
By scoring 66 runs this season, the firm was able to raise more than $3,000 for the Club, which they donated after a lively game of kickball and a celebratory barbeque with the kids.
“We wanted to do more than just write a check,” said Brad Preber, office managing partner of Grant Thornton. “What better way to celebrate than to spend some time with the kids and see all of the great things the Club is providing to the community?”
This program is just one of the many community outreach programs supported through Grant Thornton C.A.R.E.S. (Community Awareness and Responsibility Expressed through Service), a program created by Grant Thornton designed to demonstrate leadership not only in its industry, but also in its community. Through the program, nicknamed GT CARES, employees contribute time, money and expertise to local civic organizations, charities, universities and professional associations.