Last week our whole company celebrated LaSallemas, the anniversary of our company's founding on August 17th, 1998. August 17th is also our Founder & CEO Tom Gimbel's rebirthday, and this year was particularly special because it was our "golden rebirthday." We turned 17 on the 17th, and we celebrated all week.
LaSallemas is always fun, but we also get the chance to reflect on how lucky we are. We get to work with good friends and do good work for an incredible company. Our love for LaSalle has resulted in more than 40 culture- and revenue-based awards to date.
We are happy every day. We are challenged every day. We push each other, and we support each other. We are competitive, collaborative, and compassionate. We are so lucky to be LaSallians, and last week we had the chance to show it in style.
(We even made the Chicago Snapchat story...twice!)
Monday: The Golden Rebirthday
On Tom's actual rebirthday, August 17th, we decked out the offices in gold... including Tom's office, which was filled to the brim with balloons! Every employee came to work dressed in gold, and we had gold-themed snacks, such as Rold Gold pretzels, goldfish, and golden Oreos.
[caption id="attachment_5808" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Tom's office was full of golden balloons. He loved the surprise![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_5805" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photos of Tom were featured in our hallways[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_5804" align="aligncenter" width="550"] We rolled out the "golden carpet" for our rebirthday![/caption]
Each employee found a small bottle of Goldschläger and their very own "Golden Ticket"
In the afternoon, the first competition of LaSallemas was held: the Marshmallow Toss. While Colby caught an incredible 8 marshmallows, LaSalle Defending Marshmallow Toss Champion Paul won late, catching 9 marshmallows to win once more!
[caption id="attachment_5810" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Madness ensues during the Marshmallow Toss![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_5809" align="aligncenter" width="372"] Colby competes in the Marshmallow Toss, getting 8![/caption]
Tuesday: Chair Races
On Tuesday, LaSallians in every office competed in office chair races. Teams of four raced each other relay style through the aisles between our desks.
[caption id="attachment_5817" align="aligncenter" width="413"] The Sales Team had a valiant effort, but they lost to Tech, sadly[/caption]
Wednesday: Country Music & Hula Hoops
LaSallians were surprised midday by live singers who serenaded employees while they worked. Downtown, the singer sang country hits for an hour, to raucous applause.
Later in the afternoon, LaSallians faced off once more to see who could hula hoop the longest. This year competitors added a twist: once they had been going for over 30 seconds, they were allowed to interfere with each other's hoops. Colby redeemed his marshmallow loss from earlier in the week by dominating with the hula hoop:
Thursday: Book Relay Racing
On Thursday different teams competed in a book relay race, balancing books carefully on their heads while walking through the office. Despite a close contest, the Marketing Team won!
[caption id="attachment_5823" align="alignleft" width="326"] The Research Team competes in the book race[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_5824" align="alignleft" width="550"] The Marketing Team celebrates their win![/caption]
Friday: Second City & The Betty
To cap off our week of festivities, the entire staff was treated to a surprise private show at Second City, complete with audience participation from our CFO and one of our Managers of Major Accounts!
[caption id="attachment_5818" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Our CFO has a lot of stage potential![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_5820" align="aligncenter" width="550"] We watched a great Second City production![/caption]
After the show, the celebration moved to The Betty, a retro lounge in the West Loop. Tom announced the company's two biggest awards: LaSallian of the Year and Making It Happen. Our Marketing Director Jessica Schaeffer won Making It Happen, and one of our HR Project Managers, Maddie Stough, won LaSallian of the Year.
LaSallemas gives us the opportunity to reflect every year on how grateful we are to work at LaSalle and for someone like Tom Gimbel. Not every day is LaSallemas, but the spirit lasts all year.