Avnet Cares continues to grow and inspire employees to give back to the communities in which they live, work and play. To honor those employees who went above and beyond, Avnet Cares announced the Volunteer Recognition Awards and Volunteer of the Year for Q4 FY’13. These individuals were recognized for their demonstration of outstanding commitment to making a difference in their communities.
Karen Cirillo, an EM sales and marketing representative, won an individual Volunteer Recognition Award for her tireless volunteer efforts. Karen volunteers nearly 180 hours a year with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), which is a cause very near and dear to her heart with a young son with type 1 diabetes. Karen has been taking her fundraising efforts to new heights, and last fall her group broke a $300,000 world fundraising record! Karen’s Mississauga, Ontario branch also joined her in her efforts and recently held a fundraising barbeque to help the organization. Because of Karen’s outstanding volunteer efforts, a $1,000 donation is being made to JDRF.
The EM team in Detroit Michigan also took home a Volunteer Recognition Award. This team’s volunteer efforts really shone through during an Embedded World seminar. The team asked attendees to donate school supplies in place of a registration fee for the event. As a result, 48 backpacks, donated by EM customer ADCO Circuits, were filled and donated to Detroit Cristo Rey High School. Attendees also donated another $300 and EM supplier Freescale donated an additional $1,000 to the cause. This team made a positive impact on our business and strengthened relationships with our business partners.
And now for Volunteer of the Year! Drum roll please…
Toni Ramsey, employee engagement and community events manager for TS Americas!
Toni has a real talent and passion for volunteerism. She has helped ensure that students at Marcos di Niza High School, a Title 1 school in Tempe, Arizona, with more than 40 home languages, have the chance to sing and act to their heart’s content. Toni has been a dedicated volunteer and board member for seven years and has built an outstanding program to ensure a long lasting legacy. Toni also led the creation of a new program that allows sponsorships and business advertising to be tax deductible, with 50 percent of the donation or payment for advertising going toward helping a choir student go on a tour or competition trip. In just two short years, she has increased sponsorship dollars by 45 percent! To honor Toni’s outstanding efforts, Avnet Cares is donating $2,500 to Marcos de Niza Choir and Drama Parents and Friends Organization.
A big thanks and congratulations to all of the winners!