We’re deep into the holiday season, which means the Caring Committee and all Outsell associates are kicking it into high gear when it comes to festive and fun events. It’s all about ending the year strong when it comes to helping out our local charities.
One such event, Outsell’s first-ever Silent Auction, took place on December 14th. Cookies, ornaments, artwork, and warm winter wear were among the many items available for associates to bid on, and there was no shortage of friendly bidding battles occurring throughout the day. As a result, auction-goers made it a point to hang around the kitchen for cocoa, cider, and candy canes—and to keep a close watch over their bids.
By day’s end, Outsell raised a total of $487 across all items, with many bidders opting to throw in a few extra dollars for a grand total of $504. Outsell’s Caring Committee rounded off the donation at $700, all of it going to the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf.
We’d like to thank all the entrants and people who bid on their items for making this such a successful first-time event. It’s certain that we’ll see it return next year, and we’re already excited about what kinds of hand-made items our associates will have to share. Start plotting your ideas today!
Meanwhile, back on November 17th the Caring Committee kicked off the holiday eating season with its annual Chili Cook-Off. Seasoned chili cooks and a few hopeful newcomers competed for the top prize, leading to this year’s event being one of the more successful ones to date. Overall, Outsell raised $328 for its supported charities, an $85 increase over last year’s total!
As always, votes were cast by way of employee dollars—$1 equals 1 vote. And though the event supports the Caring value, it’s also open to cheating, bribery, cashing in favors, etc.—all to get the most out of spirited competition.
The grand prize winner came as a surprise to many, even if it shouldn’t have. Conner Smith, competing alone in the Vegan/Vegetarian category, won with his flavorful, meatless chili concoction. Regardless of what category he competes in, Conner is truly the chili king of Outsell with his 3rd consecutive win. Anyone planning on dethroning him in 2017 better start perfecting their recipe right now!
Thanks again to everyone who participated in this year’s Chili Cook-Off! And keep posted to the Outsell Caring Committee blog for more fun events and competitions to get involved with all year long.