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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A McGladrey Holiday Party Alternative

First of all, a Happy New Year to all of you. May 2010 be a great year for everyone!

We would like to start of the year at Success starts here with a great story about the true meaning of the holiday season. Last month, the Mid Atlantic offices of McGladrey (comprised of 6 offices throughout Maryland and Virginia), decided to forgo the annual holiday party, and instead, give back to the community. Nearly 300 employees participated in several community service events, donating a total of $40,000 (included donations from partners and employees and a $10,000 match from the City of Baltimore) and volunteer resources to local food banks and distribution centers with the aim of trying to ease hunger. The Maryland Food Bank, Capital Area Food Bank, Central Virginia Food Bank and Frederick (MD) Rescue Mission were all beneficiaries.

According to Winston M., Manager from our Richmond, VA office:

"Our team of 37 helpers got the job done quickly and efficiently, with a palpable element of fun. Partners sorted cans with new hires, tax and audit worked side-by-side, and many laughs were shared throughout the afternoon. We sorted through 6 enormous boxes of food donations collected from around the Richmond area, and ensured that agencies coming to collect food for needy families would find everything they need. While some of us sorted through can goods and boxes, others were recruited to the kitchen to prepare meals.

At the end of our 2-hour shift, everyone agreed that it had been a rewarding, teambuilding experience. Whether we are serving clients, or serving in the community, McGladrey employees are always willing to give 100%. We are grateful for the opportunity to help our neighbors during the Holidays."
This was just another in a line of great community service activities that McGladrey employees participated in throughout 2009. Thanks to all those who participated, our communities were certainly appreciative and better for it.

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