Community Involvement (2015)

The C. Kenneth & Laura Baxter Foundation, Inc. Donates $20,000 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

On Thursday, December 17, 2015, CDL invited 5 year old Ellie and her family to the Firm to accept a donation of $20,000 from The C. Kenneth & Laura Baxter Foundation, Inc. to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Ellie was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia at just 11 months old.  Thankfully, her and her family can proudly say that she has been in remission for 4 years.

Ellie is an energetic little girl with a huge personality.  She had the whole office smiling and laughing, and it was such an honor to invite her and her family to the office to accept the generous donation from The C. Kenneth & Laura Baxter Foundation, Inc. on behalf of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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2015 Light the Night Walk – Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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On Friday, November 13, 2015, CDL employees took to the streets of Downtown West Palm Beach to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) fight against blood cancer.  The Light the Night Walk is a fundraising campaign of LLS which brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the diseases, and shine a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

We started off the fundraising by having a “Penny Wars” contest in the office.  Over the course of 2 weeks, 9 teams participated, with other employees adding to the donations.  Our contest alone helped raise over $1,200.

In addition to our “Penny Wars,” Michelle Vanderwall, Family Office Manager, and her Team Tyler raised almost $4,000, and Keith Pence, Tax Supervisor, and his Team CDL raised over $5,100!

The Light the Night Walk hits close to home for a few members of our firm, and we are proud to say that our in-house contest and other fundraising efforts raised over $10,300 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this year.

2015 Take Steps Walk – Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

On Saturday, November 7, 2015, CDL sponsored and participated in the Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis walk.  The event took place in City Place in West Palm Beach, FL and was fun for the 62 CDL employees and family members who attended.

The Take Steps walk is a national event with the ultimate goal of raising as much money as possible for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America to help find cures for these painful and medically incurable illnesses that attack the digestive system.

CDL took that goal and ran with it.  Our fundraising efforts really paid off this year, and we were able to proudly donate over $70,000 to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

This is a major community event for our firm.  We have participated in the Take Steps walk for the past 5 years and have raised upwards of $220,000!

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POST – How Big Is Your Brave 5k Fun Run

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POST (Pediatric Oncology Support Team) hosted a superhero filled event on Sunday, September 27, 2015 that allowed for family fun and fundraising for a wonderful cause.  This was an awesome event to honor and celebrate the cancer journeys of brave young cancer warriors.

This was an amazing first event with POST for CDL, and we look forward to helping this remarkable charitable organization in the future.

American Heart Association – Heart Walk

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On Saturday, September 26, 2015, CDL employees and their families participated in the American Heart Association Heart Walk. The Heart Walk is the premier event for raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers – heart disease and stroke.  Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that’s fun and rewarding for the entire family.

CDL has supported the American Heart Association since 2009 and has continually raised a significant amount of money for a cause that helps our own community.

Place of Hope

Back to school! It’s that time again, another first day of school filled with great anticipation and first day jitters. “Will I make new friends?” “Will the teacher like me?” “Will I find my new class?” One nervous thought that should never cross a student’s mind is,”How will I complete my work without school supplies?”

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CDL has sponsored Place of Hope’s “back to school” drive for several years. Through generous donations from our employees, we are proud to once again provide school supplies for the 2015-2016 school year. On Tuesday, August 11, 2015, Michelle Price (Tax Supervisor) and Nancy Margagliano (Firm Administrator) proudly delivered over $1,700 worth of school supplies to the children at Place of Hope.

We are thrilled that the children will kick off their new school year with everything they need to succeed.

Habitat for Humanity

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“Giving back to our community is very worthwhile” – Michelle Price, Tax Supervisor 
 

On Saturday, May 30, 2015, CDL employees’ embodied that very thought. Hosted by CDL’s Community Service Committee, Firm employees came together for the opportunity to participate in a Habitat for Humanity “Team Build.” This year marks CDL’s 6th Habitat for Humanity event since first participating in 2009.

Employees traded in their pencils and calculators for work boots, gloves and the warm Florida sun laying sod, planting trees and shrubbery. “It’s so nice to see the same people come back year after year, give up their Saturday, and work hard to give back to their community” – Habitat for Humanity, Project Manager. Each year is a new adventure. This year, CDL volunteers worked on a landscape make-over for the newly constructed Habitat for Humanity home in Jupiter, Florida.

We were privileged to have the opportunity to meet the family scheduled to move into the new home. After four hours of hard work, the CDL volunteers were able to stand back and see the difference made by their time and effort. For one CDL employee, Matthew Oliver, the impact became unexpectedly personal when he noticed the Family’s young son gazing at the backyard. “Is this a good backyard for playing ball?” asked Matthew, “Yes,” answered the young boy shaking his head and showing off his big grin. “Giving back to our community is very worthwhile” – Michelle Price, Tax Supervisor.

CDL believes exceptional work can be accomplished in all areas. The Habitat for Humanity event was no exception with a total of 56 volunteer hours, 9 pallets of sod laid, 1 large tree and 22 small bushes. At CDL, “Accounting is more than just numbers!”

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