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Happy National Philanthropy Day!

National Philanthropy Day is a day, created by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, when people around the world come together to put that word into action and recognize the change that word has brought to our communities.

National Philanthropy Day is a celebration of philanthropy – giving, volunteering and charitable engagement - that highlights accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy, and all those involved in the process, makes to our society and our world.

At LaSalle Network, we feel it’s our responsibility to give back to the communities in which we live and work. After all, the companies and the people we work with are crucial to our success.

This year was a revolutionary year for LaSalle Network’s charitable involvement. This year, we created a formalized corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. As part of the program, staff are given paid time off to volunteer, and we have a committee of six employees, called our Community Champions, which coordinate volunteer involvement for staff.

Here’s a glimpse at some of the events we participated in this year:

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Chicago’s Dance Marathon, is a day long marathon of dancing where participants stay on their feet for 13 hours. The event benefits Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital. LaSalle became involved with Dance Marathon in 2011, and that year raised nearly $3,000 and had 4 employees participate. This year, we had over 30 employees dance, and raised nearly $40,000 as a corporate sponsor. A number of our employees are on the Board and are committed to making 2016 the best year yet!

For the second year, LaSalle co-sponsored the Our Fallen
Hero 5k
, a run/walk event, honoring the sacrifice made by PFC Aaron Toppen, who lost his life to friendly fire while serving in Afghanistan. Proceeds from the race  benefit the Pat Tillman foundation. LaSalle sponsored the 5k to support a long-time friend of the company, Aaron Toppen’s sister.childrens

Children’s Home + Aid is a leading child and family service agency inIllinois. The organization helps children recover their health, hope, and faith in the people around them. Once a quarter LaSallians spend their Saturdays playing sports and building relationships with the kids at the Rice Center, one of Children’s Home + Aid’s Centers in Evanston. Most recently, a group of 20+ LaSallians (in costume) spent time with the kids on Halloween, decorating pumpkins and playing kickball.

Thresholds provides opportunities for housing, employment, and recovery for those suffering from mental illnesses. A group of LaSallians hosted a Career Workshop for Threshold’s members,  providing job search advice, conducting mock interviews, and resume critiques.