TSYS Donates More Than 1,000 Backpacks to Children in Columbus

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TSYS Donates More Than 1,000 Backpacks to Children in Columbus

Bill Pruett, TSYS Senior EVP and President North America Services, thanks TSYS team members for their efforts to donate more than 1,000 backpacks to students.

Bill Pruett, TSYS Senior EVP and President North America Services, thanks TSYS team members for their efforts to donate more than 1,000 backpacks to students.

TSYS team members in Columbus stuffed 1,070 backpacks for the Stuff the Bus initiative organized by the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley. Team members also collected supplies for 60 more backpacks and raised enough money to purchase 43 more stuffed bags. The United Way values each bag at $30, which puts a $35,190 value on TSYS’ contribution.

At a celebration to reveal to how many backpacks team members had stuffed, Bill Pruett, Senior EVP and President North America Services at TSYS, thanked team members for their contributions. “This is what makes us a great company. I’m proud of you,” he said.

The Auditorium stage at TSYS' Columbus Campus location was overtaken with more than 1,000 backpacks that were donated to the United Way's Stuff the Bus fundraiser.

The Auditorium stage at TSYS’ Columbus Campus location was overtaken with more than 1,000 backpacks that were donated to the United Way’s Stuff the Bus fundraiser.

Scott Ferguson, President and CEO of the Chattahoochee Valley United Way, was moved by the sight of backpacks piled high on the Campus Auditorium stage and covering the floor around the stage. “You always amaze us. Your generosity is phenomenal,” Scott said. He noted that 68 percent of Muscogee County students live in poverty, according to the Muscogee Country School District. The backpacks that the United Way collects will be given to students who attend schools which have the highest rate of students living in poverty.

Penny Wise, 2015 TSYS United Way Campaign Chair, is excited to kick off the campaign with such great participation. “The generosity of our team members is inspiring. They never cease to amaze me, and I am honored to work with such wonderful people.”

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Congratulations TSYS!