Fastsigns International, a leading sign and graphics franchisor with more than 675 locations worldwide, recently recognized five Fastsigns franchisees for their local charitable works and community involvement as part of the company’s Fastsigns Cares initiative. Franchisees across Canada and the U.S. participated in local philanthropic efforts throughout 2017 – including providing free or discounted signs and graphics, volunteering their time, hosting events, donating banners to returning military servicemen and servicewomen, and giving financial donations to local organizations. This year, winners of the 2017 internal Show Us How You Care initiative were chosen by their peers during the Fastsigns International Convention held in Houston, Texas January 17-19, 2018. In addition to the award, each franchisee recognized earned a donation of $1,000 for their local charity of choice. This year’s winners were:
Fastsigns of Windsor, Ontario, owned by Jackie Raymond and Donna Bilodeau, donated $1,000 to The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County. They also won this award last year and have a long and impressive history of giving back to their community, which you can review by visiting https://www.fastsigns.com/658-windsor-on/about/news. Graphic Art Magazine congratulates these two hard-working print professionals for their enthusiasm, altruism and community involvement.
Other winners included:
Fastsigns of San Antonio – Northwest, owned by Stephanie and Chuck Drileck, who donated $1,000 to the Petco Foundation.
Fastsigns of Orlando – Central, owned by Renee Friedman, who donated $1,000 to Friends of Down Syndrome.
Fastsigns of Englewood – Littleton, owned by Barbara and Matt Metcalf, and Larissa and Dan Croll, who donated $1,000 to Developmental Disabilities Resource Center – Weiland Center Parent Advisory Board.
Fastsigns of Uniontown, owned by Brenda Stipanovich, donated $1,000 to the American Heart Association.
Donations of $250 were made on behalf of five additional Show Us How You Care finalists to their local charities of choice, which included: Stembassadors in Ventura, California; The Children’s Shelter in Lawrence, Kansas; Special Kneads & Treats Bakery in Snellville, Georgia; Delta Young Life in Antioch, California; and Cove Valley Youth Camp in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. “We know that Fastsigns centres do a lot in their local communities to give back and make a positive impact,” said Catherine Monson, CEO of Fastsigns International. “We’re so proud of the many ways Fastsigns franchisees and their teams serve others. Through the Fastsigns Show Us How You Care Awards, we recognize the wonderful acts of kindness in our network and the local organizations that are very near and dear to franchisees’ hearts.” You can watch a brief video of the 2017 Show Us How You Care Award recipients here: https://youtu.be/yr4i-Be9QnY.