Desire2Learn Employees Set Team Record During Cystic Fibrosis Canada's Great Strides Walk
Mike Denomme, Director of Sales Operations, leads a 119 member team, including 25 Desire2Learn employees, to raise over $43,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada
Kitchener-Waterloo and Baltimore - Desire2Learn Incorporated, a leading provider of enterprise teaching and learning platforms, announced that Deno's Dream Team, captained by Desire2Learn Director, Sales Operations, Mike Denomme, raised over $43,000 in the Great Strides Walk to Cure Cystic Fibrosis.
With 119 members, Deno's Dream Team is the largest team to ever participate in the Great Strides Walk. Twenty-five members of the team are Desire2Learn employees, who collectively raised almost $13,000 thanks to a 50/50 draw, popcorn sales, and individual sponsorship from the Desire2Learn ACTION Committee. The ACTION Committee was formed to help Desire2Learn employees give back locally and globally, by meeting the community's most pressing and important needs.
Desire2Learn President & CEO John Baker (far left), with Mike Denomme and some of the Desire2Learn members of Deno's Dream Team, with a check from the Desire2Learn ACTION Committee
"I had only been working at Desire2Learn for four weeks when I decided to approach my company about possibly participating in Great Strides," remarks Denomme. "When I told my colleagues about it, the immediate sense of family and spirit of volunteerism that ensued was unbelievable. Originally, we set out to raise $10,000 and thought that would be a daunting challenge. Now, we've quadrupled that. It is remarkable how quickly people joined the team and started fundraising."
Mike was thrilled when his childhood friend asked him to be the godfather of his daughter. He soon found out that the little girl had been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and was motivated to do everything in his power to give her the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. Inspired to help her, her older brother (who has also been diagnosed with CF), and others living with Cystic Fibrosis, Mike quickly set a goal to lead the largest Great Strides Walk team in Canada. Now, he has surpassed his goal and plans to keep fundraising and bringing awareness to this disease.
"We hope to use sponsorship of Deno's Dream Team by Desire2Learn to encourage other corporations to be involved in the future," states Karen McCulloch, Chair, Great Strides Canada. "The determination and persistence of Deno's Dream Team reflects the characteristics that people living with Cystic Fibrosis must exhibit daily. The united spirit that this team brought to the Great Strides Walk is the type of attitude we need to commit to this cause every single day."
The Great Strides Walk took place across Canada on Sunday, May 29 with an overall goal of $2.95 million in the country's largest national fundraising event for Cystic Fibrosis. Three of the top six fundraising teams in the country took part in the Waterloo event the top team being Deno's Dream Team.
|Deno's Dream Team Captain Mike Denomme (right)
with Karen McCulloch (left), Chair of Great Strides
and Director of Kitchener-Waterloo & District Chapter
of Cystic Fibrosis Canada
"The commitment that Mike's team brought to this cause is a testament to the community spirit that exists at Desire2Learn," remarks John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. "We are pleased to offer sponsorship to this important cause and are committed to continued support of employee driven initiatives within the Desire2Learn community and beyond."
"I am thrilled that we were able to build the biggest team in Canada and raise the amount of money that we did," says Denomme. "Yet, this is only the beginning. Before people had even finished this year's event, they were setting goals for next year. With each additional participant and every dollar raised, the hope that there will one day be a cure for Cystic Fibrosis grows that much stronger."