Cause for the Cuse Spin Class Event Raises a Record Amount for Syracuse City School District

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Spinning Into The New Year

The Cause for the Cuse’s fundraising efforts hit the ground running, or spinning rather, with the most successful fundraising event in our 4-year history. In April, Cause for the Cuse teamed up with Urban Life Athletics for a spin class fundraiser that raised over $11,000 in one hour!

Led by Urban Life Trainer Megan Murphy, a Syracuse City School District graduate herself, a group of 20 spinners split into 4 teams spun 353 miles collectively. The teams were split up according to Terakeet’s internal business units to heighten the friendly competitive spirit and dub the event the Battle of the Business Units. Leading up to the event, team members asked their family and friends to sponsor their ride by either donating a set amount or by pledging a dollar amount per mile.

Our VP of Reputation Management Joseph Torrillo, another Syracuse City School District graduate, raised the most money for the event – $2,190! He pulled off a stellar social media fundraising campaign and even had last minute pledges rolling in while he was spinning in the event. All of his efforts earned him the Hustler Award for most donations earned. His brother and our COO Ralph Torrillo was right on Joseph’s heels in donations, earning $1,882.50 in pledges. However, Ralph beat out Joseph in their own brotherly competition of which Torrillo will spin more miles – great job, guys!

Thank you to Joseph, Ralph, and all of our spinners for working so hard to earn pledges, and thank you to our community partners at Urban Life Athletics, Lululemon, SaunaCuse, and A-1 Trophy for their support and donations to make this event such a success and so much fun!

Cause for the Cuse Donates to the Refugee Assistance Program

This fall, our committee received a very generous donation from our friends at O’Brien & Gere of school backpacks, each filled with school supplies and a handwritten note from an OBG employee. Since this donation felt extra special, the committee members wanted to make sure the supplies went to a special program.

Thankfully, our SCSD contact Michael Henesey put us in contact with Stephanie Horton-Centore, the SCSD Refugee Assistance Program Facilitator, also known as Bob’s School. Bob’s School’s mission is to create individualized services to assist and teach the growing number of refugees in Syracuse to help them become successful members of our community. Together with Michael and Stephanie, our committee decided that donating the filled backpacks to Bob’s School felt like a perfect fit since the supplies would help adult and children learners.

Upon visiting Bob’s School to drop off the supplies, a few of our members were happy to be able to meet a family from Bhutan and help their two sons pick out book bags in their favorite colors. We’re happy we can continue to contribute in a small way to keeping Syracuse a sanctuary city for refugee families in need.

2016 Cause for the Cuse Impact Report

Earlier in the year, the Cause for the Cuse committee wrapped up a successful 2016 by using over $8,000 raised to purchase supplies and clothing to support 27 schools within the district. Our committee members spent many hours pouring over lists, requests, and receipts to try to make our impact as widespread as possible with our resources.

The time spent shopping, interacting with people in the stores as we cleared shelves of supplies, and packing them all led to the humbling and rewarding experience of delivering the supplies, a yearly event that gets us into the schools that we serve and allow us to meet the administrators and students in person. It’s our committee’s favorite part of the year and we’re already looking forward to making a greater impact in 2017.  

Upcoming Cause for the Cuse Events

Celebration aside, our committee still has a lot of fun events coming up!

Chipotle Fundraiser

Where: Chipotle Mexican Grill, 3600 West Genesee Street, Camillus, NY 13031

When: Wednesday, May 10th at 4 PM – 8 PM

As if you needed another reason to treat yourself to Chipotle! Head over to Chipotle at 3660 West Genesee Street in Syracuse on Wednesday, May 10th between 4pm-8pm and mention that you’re there to support Cause for the Cuse at the register or show them the flyer below. Chipotle will donate 50% of the sales from the supporting orders to our cause. We know guac is extra, but it’s for the kids!

Reply “Going” to our event on Facebook and look out for our Chipotle gift card giveaways on your Newsfeed too!

Wine Glass Painting Night with Drinkable Arts

Where: The Distillery – Dewitt, 3112 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13214

When: Thursday, May 11th at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Looking to DIY a Mother’s Day gift? Or if you just want to show off your creativity, come to The Distillery on Thursday, May 11th and paint your own glassware with Drinkable Arts and our committee.

Signing up is easy! Simply select and register for our event on the Drinkable Arts website. A portion of your registration goes to Cause for the Cuse and Drinkable Arts provides all of your supplies. The Distillery provides 2-for-1 margaritas.

Learn more and reply “Going” at our event on Facebook.

The 3rd Annual Cause for the Cuse Golf Tournament

Where: Drumlins West Golf Course, 800 Nottingham Rd, Syracuse, NY 13224

When: Saturday, August 19th at 1 PM

Join us for a day of fun at the Drumlins West Golf Course. Early bird pricing is available until July 1st for $85 per golfer, which includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, drink ticket, lunch ticket, dinner and an opportunity to enter many raffles. All event proceeds and raffles from local businesses will support Cause for the Cuse.

To register, please head over to our event page or contact [email protected].