The self storage industry as a whole prides itself on the long-standing relationships companies and facilities have formed in their communities with various charities and non-profit organizations. SpareFoot, an Austin-based startup company known in the self-storage industry for their leading web marketing solutions, is no exception to that trend.
Recently, SpareFoot employees participated in the Austin Startup Olympics. The first-ever (but soon to be annual) event of its kind in the Austin area, the Startup Olympics invited eight local startup companies to participate in a series of “sporting” events to help support a local charity of their choosing. The event was designed to promote not just community fundraising in the Austin area, but innovation as well.
In placing third overall, SpareFoot employees raised $250 for Kure It Cancer Research. The company then doubled that amount to increase the donation to $500.
“When I heard about what Kure It [was] doing, I wanted to find a way to help,” Mario Feghali, SpareFoot Co-Founder and COO, said. “They’ve kept a focused effort on a big problem. For those who have lost a loved one to renal cell carcinoma or any type of cancer, it’s easy to feel helpless and lose hope. But I know that our contribution to Kure It will help those families and individuals dealing with kidney disease.”
The five-hour competition included fun-filled games/activities like Foosball, Flip Cup, Ping Pong, Connect Four, Darts, Shuffleboard and Pop-a-Shot as well as featuring an obstacle course; making the day fun for all while raising much needed funds for Kure It to continue its research in kidney cancer and other under recognized (and underfunded) malignancies.
“We’re excited to share Kure It’s mission with a new audience, and grateful to SpareFoot for including us in such a unique fundraiser,” said Kure It Founder Barry Hoeven.
“The support Kure It receives through our self-storage partnerships plays a key role in our efforts to fund research,” added Kure It Director Karen Jones. “We hope this event will not only get the word out about Kure It’s mission, but inspires other companies and industries to participate in similar clever fundraising efforts.”
About Kure It
Kure It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise money for research specialists conducting innovative projects to better treat and ultimately cure kidney and other cancers. Founded by self-storage industry veteran Barry Hoeven after his diagnosis with kidney cancer, Kure It has raised over $1 million, and currently supports research being done at Cedars-Sinai and City of Hope. www.kureit.org
SpareFoot is the world’s largest search engine for consumers to find, compare and reserve self-storage units online. The company also offer a suite of web marketing tools to help storage facility operators effectively reach modern customers. These include effective advertising network listings, a local SEO solution and a complete website builder. http://sparefoot.com
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Disclamer: This entry is intended to promote our partner StorageMart and some or all participants received compensation.
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