Nebraska Children’s Home Society’s Sand in the City® event might look like child’s play rather than serious work, but the TSYS® Omaha team found that building sand sculptures is no easy task. There’s a lot more to it than you might think, according to Mitch Smith, TSYS Omaha team member.
“Even before I learned about the organization, I got involved because who doesn’t want to build a sand castle?” Mitch said. “It was a fun way to spend time with the team and make a difference in our community.”
The unique event benefits NCHS, which ─ for more than 120 years ─ has never charged fees for adoption services.
“It’s based on having a ‘Pay it Forward’ philosophy,” said Kathleen Al-Marhoon, Marketing and Public Relations manager, NCHS. “Our client is the child, who can’t pay for services, so events like this make it possible for us to continue providing the services we do.”
The event drew more than 23,000 visitors in 2014 and about 200 volunteers worked the three-day event that raised more than $100,000 for the agency.
“Events like this ─ and participation from companies like TSYS ─ are critical for us being able to serve and provide our mission,” Kathleen said. “TSYS is a great corporate citizen and we are so grateful.”