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Annual Community Events Provide A Spark In The Lives Of Others

Written by Sarah Szejn, Assistant Vice President - Milwaukee Region

Before any 2nd annual event there was a 1st annual event. And long before that, there had to have been a grass roots initiative to organize the event or coordinate a team and participate. Whether the event be a walk/run or charity golf outing, organizers are often sparked by personal life experiences or philanthropy. They’re also sparked by family.

Setting aside the obvious monetary donations raised and the personal satisfaction that comes from participating in these events, what inspires me is the initial SPARK to organize or participate. It always warms my heart.

This year my co-workers coordinated our 2nd annual team to participate in the Love Your Kidneys MKE Run/Walk held on May 7, 2016.

Our participation was sparked last year after my husband became a direct living kidney donor.

If you think about it, it’s unbelievable how far technology has come in this regard. In preparation for the surgery last year, we shared this event with close friends, family, and co-workers. People were genuine in their empathy and we felt overwhelming warmth, positivity, and support from this network of others.

Sponsorship of our team was continued this year by the First Business Wellness Program in addition to the personal donation of a senior leader of our company. It was truly heartwarming to feel all of the positive support!

Initial sparks promote enthusiasm and motivate others to get involved.

To all of you who provide sparks in the lives of others, your positive energy is contagious!

Keep it up because before you know it, your event or team will be on its umpteenth annual event and it will only continue to get bigger and better.

There is a spark and story behind every event. Participate because of the story. Support a spark by spreading the word or donating resources. I’m proud to say that First Business supports many sparks, so I’ve included a list of some events below. Be sure to mark your calendars!

Bike for Boys and Girls Club
By: The Boys & Girls Club or Dane County
Date: 7/16/2016

First Business Invitational – Madison
By: First Business
Date: 9/21/2016

Madison Heart Walk
By: American Heart Association
Date: 9/24/2016

First Business Invitational – Milwaukee
By: First Business
Date: 9/26/2016

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
By: American Cancer Society
Date: October 22, 2016

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