Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology in Lombard takes pride in volunteering our time to give back to our community. In fact, “We Give Back & Pay-It-Forward” is one of the fundamental core values by which Red Caffeine operates.
Back in May, we closed our office for the second year in a row to live this core value. We spent the day on the golf course at the 15th annual Beat Tom and Bill - Beat Cancer golf fundraiser, in honor of Vice President Julie’s 9-year-old cousin, Summer Panozzo, who is battling leukemia.
In the last 15 years, the BTB Foundation has raised $875,000 to support local families battling cancer and several cancer-related charities. Since its founding year in 2002, the annual outing has grown from 30 participants raising $3,000 to 250 golfers and 100 volunteers raising $125,000 in 2016. Summer’s gift marks the 50th family helped by The BTB Foundation.
Red Caffeine sponsored two holes at the Beat Tom and Bill - Beat Cancer golf outing, each with a karaoke machine and performance props (think inflatable guitars, oversized microphones and crazy hats). We encouraged golfers to rock out to Survivor’s “The Eye of the Tiger” – the ultimate fight song - before teeing up their swings. After a fun-filled day of singing and golf, we attended the benefit dinner and auction where Summer actually sang in front of 400 guests!
On Friday, July 8th, Julie gathered her “Big Fat Greek +” family at Red Caffeine for a huge surprise. Tom and Bill Latourette from the BTB Foundation came to present Summer and her family with a check for $10,000! Our celebration included many pictures and just as many “Cupcakes for Courage” from Courageous Bakery & Cafe in Elmhurst.
When we began supporting the BTB Foundation last year we had no idea that it would come back to touch our Red Caffeine family personally. The support and generosity we’ve received from family, friends, and clients has been nothing short of amazing. We look forward to supporting this cause for years to come.
Summer completes her most challenging treatments this summer and then she will go on her Make a Wish Disney vacation with her entire #BigFatGreek+ family.