Agency art crawl & silent auction fueled by employee creativity and
TORONTO, EDMONTON and VANCOUVER, Dec. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Employee
creativity and passion for humanity prevailed with 2013 ShareDDB events
in Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver raising over $52,000 for local
charities. Celebrating its eighth anniversary, DDB Canada's annual
employee-led art crawl and silent auction saw almost 300 creative items
and services sold with proceeds supporting four deserving charities.
"Everyone who works at DDB Canada has a creative talent, but it's also
in our collective DNA to give back," says David Leonard, national
president and COO, DDB Canada. "I'm amazed by the amount of time and
imagination that goes into each auction item and by the generosity of
our staff, who rally their friends, families, clients and suppliers to
donate items, expertise and time, which makes this fundraiser an
incredible success year after year."
Each year, the fundraiser features a range of unique auction items and
services, conceptualized, personalized and realized by agency employees
as well as its partners and vendors, and this year did not disappoint.
Some of the more coveted items this year at ShareDDB included: one of
the original 100, genuine Toronto Lovebots by artist Matthew Del Degan, an oil painting of Seinfeld character
George Costanza, a cigar box guitar with amp, a ride-along experience
with a member of the Vancouver Police Department, and one brave
employee who offered to tattoo the highest bidder's name onto any part
of his body.
Born eight years ago at DDB Canada's Vancouver office, ShareDDB became a
national endeavour in 2011 with both the Edmonton and Toronto offices
participating. To date, ShareDDB has raised over $172,000 for local
charities across Canada. Last month, ShareDDB also made its first
stateside appearance with DDB New York hosting its first event.
This year, proceeds from ShareDDB in Canada will benefit four charities
as chosen by DDB Canada staff. These charities are: the James Lee Foundation, a scholarship fund created in memory of a very special DDB family
member who continues to inspire countless people in the advertising
industry; Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, which provides a home-away-from-home for the families of seriously ill
children who are receiving treatment at a nearby hospital; Music Heals, a group of music enthusiasts and music lovers who have come together
to help raise awareness of the healing powers of music; and The Hope Mission, a non-profit organization that cares for those who are impoverished
and homeless in Edmonton and surrounding areas.
To offset costs of the evening and maximize funds raised, DDB Canada
connects with its clients and preferred vendors to sponsor each event
via goods in kind or to donate an item for auction. Generous sponsors
and vendors have provided venue space, photography services, catering,
beverages, custom cupcakes, music and décor to help make ShareDDB the
success it is today.
"We are truly blessed by the response ShareDDB has received over the
years by our employees, clients and valued vendors," added Leonard.
"ShareDDB will continue to be an essential component of our agency's
heritage, our client and vendor relationships, and our employees'
DDB Canada would like to thank the following generous sponsors and
corporate donors, whose support and contributions helped create three
truly remarkable charitable events:
Toronto: 10tation Event Catering, Beaches International Jazz Festival, Belvedere
Vodka, Jay Mandarino/JBM Event Auction Services, Keystone Studios, Oast
House Brewery, Paul Krol Photography.
Edmonton: CBC Television, Champion Petfoods, Cineplex Media, The Artworkd, Good
Luck Sock and Julie's Skin Spa.
Vancouver: &sweets, Alberta Milk, AngusOne, BC Charity & Fundraising Auctions, BC
Dairy, Brand Alliance, Brix Vancouver, Cineplex, City Centre Massage
Therapy, Corporate Traveller, CTV, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba, Epic
Imaging, George Ultra Lounge, Global TV, Hemlock Printers, Jeweliette,
Lamar, Lunatriks, Newad, Oasis Flowers, OPUS Vancouver, Parallel 49,
Pedersens Event Rental, Project 22 Design, Sask Milk, Shaw Media,
Tantalus Productions, The Balloon Shop, The Globe & Mail, The Lazy
Gourmet, Thyme to Indulge, Vancouver Police Foundation, We Love Van,
Whitecaps FC, Wosks and Zipcar.
To view photos from the Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton ShareDDB events,
About DDB Canada
DDB Canada is the most creatively acclaimed, internationally recognized marketing
communications agency in Canada. Known for advertising that generates
significant results for clients, DDB Canada is a "total communications
company" whose fundamental belief is that creativity is the most
powerful force in business. DDB Canada has offices in Vancouver,
Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal. The agency's integrated groups include:
DDB Kid Think (youth marketing), DDB Public Relations, Tribal Worldwide
(digital, social and mobile), Karacters Design Group, RAPP Canada
(direct), DDB Hodes Recruitment Communications (recruitment marketing)
and Shopper DDB (shopper marketing).
SOURCE: DDB Canada
For further information:
Director of Corporate Communications