For the past four years, the Reebok Spartan Race at Fenway is an annual tradition Carbon Black employees love to participate in. With the race occurring around Veterans Day, we decided to tie a philanthropic element to it that would support one of the many veteran-focused charities throughout the country. Last year, we raised nearly $5,000 for the Home Base Program. This year, we raised money for the SEAL Future Fund (SFF) via Sudbury for Wounded Warriors.
The SEAL Future Fund
The SEAL Future Fund’s mission is to prepare transitioning Navy SEALs for civilian life. SFF matches each candidate with a mentor to serve as a guide throughout the transition. Through this program, the candidate identifies what he/she wants to accomplish as a civilian and constructs a plan to achieve it. From there, the SFF offers many options to improve success, such as academic counselling, scholarships, continued education, career coaching and prepping, internships, and more. Each step is planned out thoughtfully to help these transitioning SEALs have a purposeful life as a civilian.
This year, we streamlined online donations through Crowdrise again, giving remote employees, families, and friends an opportunity to donate to this great charity. Through this option, we raised nearly half of our goal in the first two weeks! To continue raising money, we hosted another fundraising party at our headquarters. After seeing the great turn out at last year’s fundraiser party, we decided to keep the tradition alive. This party included a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, food and drinks, music, and a presentation showcasing all of our Carbon Black veterans.
Individuals, teams, partners, and vendors all donated items for our silent auction, which included the new Fitbit Blaze, a brand new Dell 15 XP laptop, a Raspberry Pi 3 kit, a date night basket, a Kano Build your own computer, Celtics tickets, and more! Between the silent auction and the 50/50 raffle, we were able to exceed our fundraising goal of $5k.
Fundraising aside, one of our favorite aspects of this event is showing our respect and appreciation for all of our veterans worldwide. On the TV screens throughout the space, we played a video that showcased each one of them, their photos, stories, and details. We also included this video on our Intranet. It was amazing to see how many more people we were able to add to this presentation, which showed us that Carbon Black is dedicated to hiring transitioned military folks. We love our growing community of veterans!
On Saturday, November 4, the racers met in our VIP suites at Fenway. Employees, including C-suite executives, entry level employees, remote workers, and spouses/family members gathered together pre-race. At 11am, the team made its way to the starting line and took off in several groups. The racers ran up and down endless bleachers, shimmied up rope climbs, powered through burpees, and made their way to the finish line. This race is no easy feat but our racers were not only smiling after they made it through but some even said they were ready to go again.
This year was another great opportunity leverage the popularity of the race to benefit a good cause. We hope the money donated to the SEAL Future Fund helps many transitioning SEALs have a full and meaningful civilian life.