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Baking for Benefit
CHORI Admin Team Starts Holiday Fundraising Efforts Early

Every year, CHORI, in combination with the Children’s Hospital Research Institute Oakland (CHRCO), teams up to fundraise around the holidays for needy families, asking individuals throughout CHORI, from principal investigators to post-doctoral fellows, to dig deep in their own pockets in order to help others.

“Each employee donates to a general fund that goes toward a combination of gifts and gift cards to places like Safeway or Target. This allows parents to go out and buy their own gifts for their kids in addition to the gifts they receive from us,” explains Karen Catanese, Administrative Coordinator for Pieter de Jong, PhD and BACPAC Resources at CHORI.

“It may be a single mom with a couple of kids, or parents with nine kids.”

This year, however, the Administrative Team at CHORI has gotten into the fundraising game a little early, by organizing a monthly bake sale to boost the amount of money that CHORI raises.

“I guess you could say we’re like other professional organizations,” says Ms. Catanese of the CHORI Admin Team. “Most of us don’t have science backgrounds so we can’t give back to the community the way other groups at CHORI do, bringing science into grade schools, for example. We’re support personnel, whether its administrative coordinators or grant accountants or IT support. So we thought we’d like to do something to support the community.”

Ms. Catanese and her colleagues decided they would start with something simple – bringing in baked goods to sell on-site at CHORI. The main building doesn’t have access to a cafeteria, so providing sweets and coffee for a morning pick-me-up seemed like a perfect combination. To date, the group has only had two bake-sales, but they’ve already surpassed their expectations in terms of what they thought they could raise.

“Everyone at CHORI really stepped up and supported it,” says Ms. Catanese. Scientists and other staff provided baked goods in addition to what the Administrative Team baked up, and they had excellent turn-out as well.

“We’d hoped that in addition to what CHORI normally raises, we’d be able to support our own family,” Ms. Catanese explains. Instead, they may be able to help out an additional two or three families, depending on how continued bake sales go.

“It’s a feel-good type thing,” Ms. Catanese says. “We all have a great time, and do something good for the community at the same time.”

For staff interested in the sweet scoop, the bake sales will continue throughout the entire year on the 3rd Friday of every month.


Monday, May 16, 2011 11:33 PM

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