Last month, Specialist Staffing Group (the US division of SThree, plc) kicked off the summer by hosting its 3rd Auction of Promises charity event. The event’s proceeds combined with our corporate match raised a whopping $34,000 for SOS Children’s Villages Illinois and SOS Children’s Villages globally.
Ready to raise money for such an important cause
Months of preparation paid off as the clock struck 6pm on June 15th and over 250 people filled the exclusive Chez Chicago venue, ready to network and raise money for such an important cause. The space itself was impressive - a glamourous multi-level venue, perfect for allowing guests to mingle.
Tim McCormick, Chairman of SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, kicked off proceedings by speaking about the relationship Specialist Staffing Group and the charity have developed over the years. Tim emphasized how events like Auction of Promises allow SOS to continue to provide safe, healing places for children who have been affected by abuse, neglect or abandonment.
Highlights of our ‘Auction of Promises’
Due to the kind donations from many of Specialist Staffing Group’s network, there were a variety of exclusive packages to bid on this year. These ranged from iPads, theater and sport tickets to restaurant vouchers, hotel stays and more. Specialist Staffing Group’s own Chris Atiyah was back by popular demand as auctioneer for the evening, making this his third year in a row.
Guests were entertained throughout the night by DJ Zeke Thomas, who is an official NBA All Star DJ and the son of NBA legend, philanthropist and Hall of Fame Player, Isiah Thomas. In addition to a champagne reception and hors d’oeurvres passed throughout the night, guests also had the option of securing VIP lounge sections, ensuring a more intimate experience and helping to raise even more money for SOS.
The event could not have taken place without the kind support of a number of organizations, including, but not limited to: CareerBuilder, Ascende, Inc., WOMEN Unlimited, Inc. and IMC. We would like to take this opportunity to thank these organizations for their generosity. Specialist Staffing Group recognizes the kindness of all those who donated items, and those who attended the event on the night, and to them we extend a sincere thanks.
If you want to find out more about our global partnership with SOS Children’s Villages and other CSR initiatives, read the following article.