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"Tis the Season to Give" Credit Suisse


Team Credit Suisse (CS) has a longstanding relationship with the Unity Walk. As of 2012, they have raised over $168,000 since 2002! Their team led off the Unity Walk in 2010 as our way of acknowledging their generosity over the years. Credit Suisse has supported the team’s participation throughout this period through their matching gifts program.

This year for the first time, the Parkinson’s Unity Walk was invited to be one of approximately 35 charities participating in their Holiday Charity Initiative. For a one month period from mid-November through mid-December, employees were encouraged to donate to one or more of the participating charities and donations will be matched by CS. A silent auction was held and a generous supporter donated a two night stay at an upscale hotel in South Beach, Miami. The proceeds from that item are being donated to the Unity Walk. We applaud Credit Suisse’s encouragement of employee giving through this campaign and their matching gift program.

Team Credit Suisse has evolved over the years and the baton has been passed from one team captain to the next. We are grateful to Yuko Usami for serving as team captain this year and for taking the lead in promoting the Unity Walk’s participation in this Holiday Charity Initiative.

We know it’s early to start thinking about next year but is it possible that your company has a similar type of program? It’s never too early to ask and find out how they select the participating charities.