Charity Is a Matter of the Heart

It was a day for hearts – both of the anthropomorphic, googly-eyed set and the vital, real ones thumping away.

At TeAM, Valentine’s Day wasn’t just a holiday of saccharine treacles of sentimentality and mylar balloons; it was a day for giving. TeAM’s Spirit Committee turned the holiday of couples and cartoonish hearts into a fundraiser, hosting an all-day bake sale in our Fairview Park (Falls Church, VA) office. The bake sale benefitted the American Heart Association (AHA).

The Spirit Committee, who regularly schedules TeAM’s happy hours, guest speakers, and other company events, received more than two dozen dessert entries. They turned enough calories to give Little Debbie a sugar rush into a treat for one charity.

The bake sale raised over $200 for the AHA, with the amount still rising and pledged donations still coming in. As is company habit, all donations will be matched by TeAM CEO Charles Davis.

“We believe in giving back, and in doing so in ways that reflect our employees’ interests and needs,” Davis said. “We are proud of the Spirit Committee for exemplifying TeAM’s others-first attitude.”

The February bake sale is the latest success for the Spirit Committee, which has raised more than $4,000 for charity in recent months.

The American Heart Association was the recipient of this event’s charity, a natural tie-in with Valentine’s Day and an important charity to several TeAMmates touched by cardiovascular disease and stroke.

“We like to rotate the charities we support,” said TeAM’s Laura Bowers, who helped found the Committee two years earlier. “We don’t want to support only the charities that are important to us, but any charities that are important to anyone at TeAM.”

(Bowers picked up one more honor for the resume Thursday as well, when her entry won the prize for top dessert.)

Previous charities have included the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as TeAM’s own corporate charity, the LUKE Foundation, which facilitates literacy and improved reading habits among at-risk youth.

But, on Valentine’s Day, it was a matter of the heart. And the sweet tooth.