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TCS School Supply Drive Raises Over $76,800

TCS School Supply Drive Raises Over $76,800

Founded in 1989, Community Partners of Dallas (or CPD) seeks to “ensure safety, restore dignity and inspire hope for the abused and neglected children served by Dallas County Protective Services,” and they’ve carried out this amazing mission via several different programs. One of these is the Rainbow Room, a boutique where Child Protective Services caseworkers can pick out school supplies, clothing, and other items for the children they serve for free, and this important resource is made possible by CPD and the generous donations of people in the community.

For the 25th year in a row, The Container Store’s Home Office and Distribution Center was proud to host a School Supply Drive to benefit CPD. This year’s week-long fundraiser consisted of several events:

  • A prize raffle in our Distribution Center. 
  • A silent auction in our on-site Gumby Café. (Auction items included airline tickets, luggage, shelving, desks, gift cards, electronics, and more.) 
  • A General Store where employees could shop for a variety of luggage and household items. 
  • A Snack Shack that offered a variety of baked goods and other treats for purchase.

The Container Store’s Home Office and Distribution Center employees shop for great deals
to support a great cause.The Container Store’s Home Office and Distribution Center employees shop for great deals to support a great cause.

TCS employees bid on silent auction items.TCS employees bid on silent auction items.

In addition, Eurest (the company that manages our Gumby Cafe) was generous enough to donate 10% of the weeks proceeds to the fundraiser!

On Friday, we ended the week’s events with our annual Lip Sync Battle. Chris McCrackin, our Video Producer and last year’s returning champion, teamed up with his brother Dusty Crow—himself a Business Solutions Specialist at TCS—to perform “Jump” by Kris Kross. But this year’s fierce challengers were also armed with their own hip-hop heavy weaponry. In the first round, our Supply Chain Systems Director Kim Rentsch (who performed “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj) and Distribution Center employees Alex Neyrey and Coty Austin (who performed “Miami” by Will Smith) rose to the occasion with incredibly energetic performances. The crowd went wild and continued to show support for their favored performers by donating money, and after some intense competition—sans vocals, of course—Alex and Coty managed to win the battle and the coveted “Golden Microphone.”

Chris and Dusty are Totally Krossed Out.Chris and Dusty are Totally Krossed Out.

Kim sends this one out to the boys with the booming systems.Kim sends this one out to the boys with the booming systems.

Coty and Alex with the Golden Microphone.Coty and Alex with the Golden Microphone.

Once the competition was over, our Manager of Charitable Giving, Lindsey Lott, took the stage to announce the week’s record-breaking fundraising result: over $76,800 for Community Partners of Dallas! It was an incredibly rewarding end to a fun week, and we’re so proud to continue helping CPD in their mission! We’d like to thank the following vendors and community partners for their donations:

  • 360 West Magazine
  • Acrylic Source
  • Air Delivery Express Inc.
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Ascent Global Logistics
  • Blanks Printing & Digital Solutions
  • C2 Imaging LLC
  • Cebolla Fine Flowers
  • Cigna
  • Closet Karm
  • Commercial Fire
  • Crown Packaging
  • DJS International Services, Inc.
  • Ennersys
  • First Equipment Company
  • Garrett Boone
  • Group & Pension Administrators
  • HP
  • I & I Services LLC
  • iCIMS
  • Insight
  • Jayne Norwood & Company
  • Kendra Scott
  • Malin Inc.
  • Marriott International
  • Matthew Robbins
  • Media Design Group c/o Discovery Communications
  • Microstrategy
  • mjdinteractive
  • MMA
  • NE Installers
  • Nest International
  • New Benefits
  • OldSpace NewSpace
  • Performance Partners
  • Pratt Industries
  • Response Service and Maintenance Company
  • Reverent
  • RF Installations LLC
  • Rommel Inc.
  • Scantron Technology Solutions
  • Smith Temporaries Inc. DBA Cornerstore Staffing
  • Soccour Solutions
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Sunset Magazine
  • Ultimate Software
  • Universal Benefits Company
  • Upland Software
  • Ussery Printing Company
  • Visual Creations Inc.
  • W Services Group, LLC
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Wisdom Media, LLC
  • Zenzero Kitchen & Bakery