Team Dime Finishes Strong in “Making Strides” with Queens Walk and Surpasses 2017 Fundraising Goal
October 18, 2017 |
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More than 15,000 Queens residents, businesses, breast cancer survivors and families joined Team Dime to help raise awareness and funds to end breast cancer, generating over $439,000 in charitable donations for Making Strides of Queens. An impressive sea of pink T-shirts flowed throughout the park and stood out as a banner of community support for this event.
“We had an amazing turnout and appreciate your time and effort in raising funds to help the American Cancer Society save lives from breast cancer,” noted Robert Fox, Community Manager, Making Strides of Queens. With our combined efforts, we’re determined to make sure the Society is there for those who are touched by this disease.”
“I was so proud to be part of the community effort of giving back and supporting the Making Strides Walk,” exclaimed Robin Derin, Dime Assistant Vice President, Human Resources. “It was especially rewarding spending the morning with my Mom and Dime colleagues.”
Evelyn Valerio, Dime Relationship Banker, Bay Ridge Branch, reflected that the Queens Walk represented her 15th year walking to raise awareness about breast cancer. “Over the years, I see where my personal efforts have come to fruition as I have seen breast cancer impact my family and friends. My daughter came down from college to join me and I think it’s great for Dime to be out in the community supporting the Making Strides Walks.”
For Christine Keyes, Dime Assistant Vice President, Training, the Making Strides Walks have become personally more meaningful. “For many years, I’ve participated with Dime as a walker, supporting the cause,” she noted. “This year, I walked as a survivor. The idea that so many people have raised money for research to find a cure for breast cancer is very touching and near to my heart. Perhaps the money raised in the past years helped develop the treatment I received, which made me the survivor I am today.” She added, “All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you!”
The Queens Walk, sponsored by the American Cancer Society and now in its 24th year, featured a 3-mile walk throughout the Park, starting at the Pool of Industry and then passing by the World’s Fair icon Unisphere, the Queens Museum, Queens Zoo, Terrace on the Park, and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
For Dime and everyone involved in the 2017 Making Strides fundraising campaign, the Queens Walk represented the culmination of a month-long effort of fundraising and many months of planning and preparation. As a result, Team Dime surpassed its goal of $15,000, raising $17,238. “I want to commend Team Dime for exceeding our fundraising goal this year,” remarked Kenneth J. Mahon, Dime President and CEO. “Your generosity and participation have truly demonstrated the heart of this bank and I thank everyone.”