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The Hallmark of Team Impax’s Success: Fostering a Fun, Engaging Culture Focused on Helping People Living with Parkinson’s

It is the generous support of our sponsors that allows PUW to keep its commitment that 100% of all donations support Parkinson’s research. One of our sponsors, Impax has created a team and is involving their employees in the fundraising process. Engaging them in the Unity Walk is a great way for them to have a first hand experience of the community they support every day through their work. I attended their Kick-Off Rally and got to see what a great job they are doing!

Helaine Isaacs
PUW Event Director

The secret behind Team Impax’s fundraising success is simple…making it fun for employees, having the full support of our senior leaders and most important, always bringing it back to our focus on helping people living with Parkinson’s disease.  As a pharmaceutical company, our passion is to make a difference through the medicines we manufacture and distribute to patients.

We plan our fundraising activities about 8 weeks in advance of the Unity Walk with a SAVE the DATE announcement to our employees along with a call for volunteers to serve on our Event Committee. The Event Committee plans our Kick-Off Rally where we invite an individual living with Parkinson’s disease to tell their personal story. Always compelling and incredibly moving, it’s our speakers’ courage that inspires Team Impax to continue to raise awareness and funds.

Steve Sost (VP – Internal Communications and Team Impax Steering Committee member) makes a purchase at the 2017 Team Impax Bake & Snack Sale.

To encourage maximum attendance at the Rally, we serve lunch and offer door prizes as well as a table where employees can register for the walk. We also offer donation incentives based on the level of giving such as Team Impax t-shirts and jackets. Our Bake & Snack Sales are super popular and we intentionally do not put prices on anything we sell. We find that by leaving it up to our employees to decide the price, donations are far greater than how we would price any item. We also replicate good ideas and our Silent Auction has been very successful.  Items are generously donated by employees and our vendor partners. This year we are posting our auction online so that employees can bid across sites, including our field-based colleagues.

None of this would be possible without committed employees and the support and encouragement we receive from the Team Impax Steering Committee, comprised of several senior executives. They promote a positive company culture that encourages participation in community events that can have a profound impact on raising awareness for chronic and progressive diseases.

Team Impax

Michelle Foster, Human Resources Business Partner, gets ready to board the Team Impax bus en route to the 2016 Parkinson’s Unity Walk.

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