July 17, 2017 – Travel industry leader Global Connections, Inc. (GCI) selected Red Nose Day as its Monthly Fundraising event. Red Nose Day increases awareness of kids who are in need around the world and raises money to help lift those children out of poverty. The international annual Red Nose Day event has raised over $1 billion globally in the last quarter century through individual and corporate donations.
In conjunction with Red Nose Day, GCI’s employee driven Committee of Awesomeness (COA) organized Red Nose Day events in both the Overland Park, Kansas corporate office and the Orlando, Florida sales office. Employees donned their red noses and opened their wallets to raise nearly $1000 for the one-day event.
Many years ago, Global Connections formed the Committee of Awesomeness to further acts of kindness by staff members within the company. The corporate office supports the COA which is a group of employee volunteers who organize monthly events with charities in mind. The COA has been instrumental in collecting thousands of dollars over the years for the greater Kansas City area as well as for local communities where GCI has a presence.
“Giving the Global Way,” says President and CEO Tom Lyons, “is all about giving back to our community. Whether it’s sending care packages to the military or making sure babies have diapers, our team is always coming up with creative ways to raise funds and extend a helping hand. That’s why we call them Awesome.”
The Committee of Awesomeness also recently promoted a “Take Your Can to Work Day” to support the Harvesters Food Network. GCI’s corporate office collected non-perishable food items and funds that added up to 210 meals for those in need.
Tom Lyons said, “Our team knows that we can make a difference: one person, one company, one can, or one dollar. Small efforts add up to big results.”
From blood drives to charity runs to full-on fundraisers, Global Connections and its employees take “doing good” seriously. Ongoing philanthropic activities are championed in the corporate headquarters, satellite offices, at its resorts and in the sales/distributorship centers.
Over the past year, GCI philanthropic efforts have raised funds for numerous organizations and impacted thousands of lives in Kansas, Florida, South Carolina, Colorado, Louisiana, Utah, and around the United States through donations of time, materials, and items.
About Global Connections, Inc.
Global Connections, Inc. is based in Overland Park, KS, opening in 1996 as a travel club fulfillment and service provider. Considered a leader in the travel club industry, GCI offers the members of its Global Discovery Vacations club program a wide variety of leisure benefits and vacation options at more than 700 North American resorts. GCI is the developer and owner of resorts in California, Florida, Tennessee and Colorado as well as owning and leasing numerous resort condominium units throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Caribbean. For more information about GCI visit exploregci.com