It was a very good month at Santander Consumer USA and RoadLoans for the American Heart Association and the fight against heart disease. SCUSA and RoadLoans associates raised almost $60,000 total for the charity.
The SCUSA fundraising effort in the Dallas area started in mid-August and concluded with associates’ participation in the 20th annual Dallas Heart Walk on Saturday, Sept. 13.
“The unofficial total [raised] is $48,114,” said Kate Gatlin, corporate communications specialist at company headquarters in downtown Dallas. “That does not include some money that has been turned in here at Thanksgiving Tower, so we probably are closer to $50,000.”
“Our company-wide goal was $32,500,” Gatlin added, “so we have far exceeded our goal.”
The fundraising effort included four Dallas-area SCUSA locations – Downtown, Dallas (Stemmons), Lewisville and North Richland Hills – as well as the operations near Denver, CO, where associates collected nearly $9,000 leading up to the Denver Heart Walk in June.
Every year, SCUSA partners with the Heart Association to raise money that will be used toward preventing, treating and defeating heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases and to “encourage SCUSA associates to live our value of community service by raising money to support this charitable organization,” according to the company’s culture and engagement team.
The Dallas event, which covered a three-mile course beginning at the base of Reunion Tower, is the largest Heart Walk in the country, with an estimated 70,000 participants this year.
Before the Heart Walk, SCUSA raised funds at a tomatina toss during “We Are Santander” week in June, and through gift-basket silent auctions, SCUSA shirt sales, contests, a pie-in-the-face event, dress-down days, painting auctions, and food, snack and bake sales. Glenn Harper, SCUSA’s chief technology officer, even made the rounds as the AHA Tree of Hearts to collect donations.
“This is my fourth year being involved in the campaign to raise funds for AHA, and once again I am humbled by the time, energy, support and monetary donations from our associates here at Santander,” said Rhonda Lilly, assistant vice president of business operations.
“This is such a great cause as so many of us have been or have a loved one that has been impacted by heart disease. I’m very proud of what Santander has accomplished this year for AHA.”
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