Every year, Accudata Systems partners with a local non-profit organization to give back to during the holiday season. Accudata’s recent accomplishments include delivering more than 800 board games to Texas Children’s Hospital and Scottish Rite Hospital, as well as building bicycles for Elves & More (now known as CYCLE) to promote academic excellence within Houston area school districts.
Last year, Accudata President and CEO Patrick Vardeman watched a 60 Minutes episode featuring the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and he instantly saw the power of a wish for a child battling a life-threatening medical condition. After speaking with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to understand more about how organizations like Accudata can help, our Charity Committee felt confident we would be able to make one child’s dream come true – but we needed to raise $7,500 to bring that wish to life.
Starting with what we thought was just a simple office contest called Penny Wars, we were able to raise $3,867 – in change! Accudata’s second fundraiser let employees purchase raffle tickets to win prizes donated by our partners. Raffle prizes ranged from a Yeti Tundra Cooler, vacation days, a $500 Visa gift card, various upscale restaurant gift cards, and Houston Texans tickets, to name a few. Within one month, Accudata team members purchased more than $9,000 in raffle tickets for the Make-A-Wish Foundation!
With the success of these two fundraising campaigns, we surpassed our original goal of $7,500, and we were elated to hear Accudata had raised enough money to make TWO wishes come true!
Our first Make-A-Wish recipient is a local teenager currently enduring cystic fibrosis. Her wish is to travel with her family to the beautiful beaches of Hawaii on spring break. We are so excited to make her wish come true and send her and her family to Hawaii this March!
The second Make-A-Wish recipient is a beautiful eight-year-old girl who is battling chronic lymphoid leukemia. Her wish is to travel to Disney World with her family to meet all of the famous Disney characters. Accudata is elated to make this little girl’s wish come true and send her to Disney World this summer!
On behalf of the Accudata Charity Committee, we would like to thank everyone for their support and for helping us raise more than $13,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation! From individuals who emptied their car cup holders, to children who donated their piggy banks full of change, and our integral partners who contributed incredible raffle prizes, YOU are the reason for our success!
If you want to learn more and get involved with your local Make-A-Wish Foundation chapter, click here: http://wish.org/.