LOUISVILLE, KY (October 8, 2013) — The ResCare Resource Center came out on top again as the nine-time top fundraising team for this year’s Special Olympics Kentucky (SOKY) Plane Pull. ResCare’s Chief Financial Officer Ross Davison also took top honors as Highest Fundraising Individual. During the event, Team ResCare put their money where their mouth was in a game of tug-of-war against a UPS cargo plane. The annual competition pits 20 teams against each other to see who can move the 147,000-pound Boeing 757 aircraft 12 feet in the fastest time.
Team ResCare set the bar high for fundraising this year with a goal of $15,000 – $5,000 more than the goal in previous years. The team was pleasantly surprised when the numbers were in and they had surpassed their goal by raising $16,153. Along with ResCare’s sponsorship of $10,000, the team raised more than $26,000 for Special Olympics, the most to date.
The Resource Center kicked off fundraising in the weeks leading up to the event with a pancake breakfast and raffle and a Jeans Week. Dallas Derringer, a Special Olympics athlete, attended the breakfast and greeted employees at the door with a warm hello and encouragement to purchase raffle tickets.
The Plane Pull team also hosted a traveling bake sale, preparing baked goods and bringing them around to each employee’s desk to provide a sweet snack in exchange for a donation. Once again, a Special Olympics athlete, Kyle Gathof, helped the team solicit donations by putting a face to the work Special Olympics does.
Fundraising culminated at the Resource Center’s annual Special Olympics Plane Pull Pre-event. Loud cheering, music and whistles filled the air of the Resource Center’s parking lot a week before the main event. Employees and guests from surrounding businesses, including staff and individuals from Community Alternatives Kentucky, enjoyed a day of great weather and gourmet food trucks as they rooted the team on during a practice tug-of-war session with a cement truck.
One employee even sacrificed his hair in the name of fundraising. User Hardware Analyst Josh Selter was so motivated to reach his team’s goal that he promised to shave his head if someone donated $100 that day. Within minutes, Mr. Selter was getting his head shaved with a smile on his face. Additional funds were raised by raffling baskets from local and regional businesses and food trucks donating a percentage of their sales.
On the big day, Special Olympics athletes were the first to challenge the cargo plane to a game of tug-of-war to kick off the event. Team ResCare was up next and pulled the 147,000 pound aircraft 12 feet in 8.65 seconds, just a few seconds behind winning team Caldwell Tanks.
Senior Special Events Director Candace Thompson values the support that ResCare has provided to SOKY since 2002.
“ResCare’s partnership with Special Olympics has provided tremendous support for our life changing sports and health initiatives,” Ms. Thompson said. “With ResCare’s help, more than 6,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities across our state are able to participate in sports training and competitions year round.”
Team ResCare flexed their muscles for SOKY and although they didn’t win the fastest pull, the real goal was clear — to raise the most money they could for SOKY and keep their title as top fundraising team. Out of the $16,153 raised, $8,493 was raised by ResCare’s Chief Financial Officer Ross Davidson placing him as the top individual fundraiser for the 2013 SOKY Plane Pull.
“What an honor it was to lead such a great team of pullers this year,” Team Captain Shelly Morgan said. “$15,000 speaks to the wonderful employees ResCare has. They all gave in abundance for this year’s team to be on top and surpass last year’s total by close to $4,000. I am so proud to work with people who truly embody what ResCare’s mission is all about.”
Author: Moriah Dietrich