On Saturday, October 19th, Social Tables was able to play a significant role in the inaugural Friendship walk for Best Buddies. Best Buddies, a national organization that enables friendships and organizes volunteers to create opportunities for people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In the months leading up to the walk, Social Tables received contributions for fundraising efforts from 25% of the company. Ultimately, Social Tables raised over $2,200 and had 10 people attend the Saturday morning walk. These efforts made Social Tables in the top 20 of all corporate teams (over 125) from around the Washington D.C. area.
When all was said and done, the event was a smashing success. Nearly 2,000 people came out to the National Mall and the event was received with countless compliments from parents, students, sponsors, and participants on the quality of the event and how much fun everyone had. The walk raised over $370,000 (and counting), surpassing our goal and making us the largest and highest-grossing Friendship Walk in the history of Best Buddies! This is saying something considering that other chapters across the country have been hosting this event for multiple years.
The walk from Social Tables employees (Tablers) was especially exciting. As one of the top fundraising teams, we received our own tent at the event for gathering and used this to get pumped up with breakfast in preparation for our 5k walk! Without much training, I can happily say we all excelled at this endeavor and completed the “race” in “record” times. We even had a visit from our favorite ST pet, Leroy!
While this was a one day event, full of dancing, DJs, food, walking, and much inspiration, Best Buddies has been playing a part within Social Tables for a few months! We were able to create fundraising challenges that earned some concert tickets and others signed hockey jerseys! We hosted a few Best Buddies for the weekly Social Tables breakfast club where bagels were shared and stories told. Erin, involved with Best Buddies for many years, and a jobs participant working for Rosetta Stone, came and shared how Best Buddies is vital for her development. Kelvin, in culinary school, talked about the friendships that Best Buddies has created for him and how that has driven him to be better in school and enjoy being around people even more!
All in all, the Best Buddies Friendship walk was a resounding success and great opportunity for the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team and the employees of Social Tables to get involved with a DC organization that changes lives for the better every day!