Carter in the Community

By Malloy Peterson, vice president of marketing, Carter 

Chattahoochee River cleanup team This past weekend was action packed for the Carter team. Over 60 Carter volunteers, many accompanied by their families, staffed two area events: Sweep the Hooch and Walk for Wishes.

Ten volunteers worked the first annual Sweep the Hooch event, an 18-site river cleanup within the Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area (CRNRA). The effort not only improves water quality, but also helps foster a strong “river community.” Carter sponsored the Powers Island Park; one of the 18-sites in the 48-mile CRNRA, where Carter associates picked up trash and performed trail maintenance. Jennie Rusciano and Tom Morgan were co-chairs for the event.

“Tom and I are both members of Carter’s Green Team,” said Jennie. “This was a great event for our associates to get more immersed in Atlanta’s sustainability community and enjoy the beautiful day!”

The event was a kick-off to National Park Week, April 16-24. All 392 national parks across the country (including the CRNRA) have free admission during National Park Week. Sweep the Hooch was made possible by the support of Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, National Park Service and Trout Unlimited. More information on the event’s success can be viewed on the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper website.

While some Carter associates were doing a little spring-cleaning on the Chattahoochee, 52 Carter employees and family members were gathered at Atlantic Station for the Annual Walk for Wishes Campaign, a two-mile walk to raise funds and awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Carter team raised over $6,000 towards its annual goal. All the proceeds go directly to granting wishes. We would like to recognize Alyssa Sargon, daughter of Carter employee Shari Sargon, who raised over $1,000 for Carter’s Walk for Wishes team. As a result of the money raised from the walk, 31 children will be granted wishes. Walk For Wishes

This is the fourth year Carter has participated in the event. Before the walk, associates and their families enjoyed the morning’s entertainment which featured fun events like face painting, a bounce house and salsa lessons. Matt Wirth and Sonia Winfield were co-chairs for this event.

“I am always impressed by the event turnout,” said Matt. “It is especially great to see Carter’s wish kids at the event enjoying the festivities with their families.”

Donations for the event are still coming in. If you would like to contribute or if you are interested in getting involved with the Make a Wish Foundation, please contact Matt Wirth at [email protected]

 

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