This “In Their Own Words” post is by Dawn Stevens, as she shares her company Default Resource’s connection with Autism Speaks and Puzzlebuilder. They were a creative bunch and we are so impressed!
Getting involved with the Autism Speaks Puzzle Builder fundraiser was an exciting opportunity for our company, Default Resource. Knowing that this was a new and innovative approach to raising awareness and money for autism, really caught our attention.
In the past two years Edie Calderon, wife of CEO Glen Calderon, has participated in the Bike to the Beach campaign to help raise money for Autism Speaks. We felt that Puzzle Builder was a great complimentary campaign that could be handled internally and fit for our company culture. The fact that it only takes $10.00 to get involved, created an affordable option for each of us to participate.
We used two photos of each of our managers to build the puzzle and sent it out to our friends, families, and vendors. We raised $480.00 dollars in just a few days. Internally, our CEO donated a Phillips 42” widescreen flat TV with Pixel Plus 3 HD and we held an auction with our staff. Our Quality Assurance Manager Brian Dawson had the highest bid and the entire amount was donated to the Puzzle Builder fundraising campaign.
This has been a great team effort. We have now raised $1340.00 towards our $4000.00 goal. As a company, we feel privileged to be a part of the very first Puzzle Builder campaign, alongside an international social networking community.
“In Their Own Words” is a series within the Autism Speaks blog which shares the voices of people who have autism, as well as their loved ones. If you have a story you wish to share about your personal experience with autism, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Autism Speaks reserves the right to edit contributions for space, style and content. Because of the volume of submissions, not all can be published on the site.