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CASE STUDY: Philanthropic Event for Pharmaceutical Company Multi Focus Event for 1,200 people

Challenge/Opportunity:
This pharmaceutical company wanted to provide a meaningful charitable team event for 1,200 attendees during their National Sales Meeting. The event would support the client’s larger overall Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative and annual day of service, benefiting local non-profit organizations in the Las Vegas area where the meeting was taking place.

Response/Solution:
Corporate Event Interactive sourced four charities in the Las Vegas area, identified their needs, purchased all supplies and executed a three hour CSR program for 1,200 attendee volunteers. Guests were welcomed to the event with a musical performance by the children from two of the school choirs in the Clark County School District. When the children finished, participants were divided into four teams to build, assemble, and create requested donation items for four charities, including:

Creating stuffed animals for children at St Jude’s Ranch


St. Jude’s Ranch, a community of homes for abused and neglected children ranging in ages from 5 years to 17 years old. Teams built and decorated a toy box for each home on the ranch and filled them with items that the children had on their wish lists, from skateboards to art supplies to board games. Team members stuffed and dressed plush animals for each child to accompany their toys while others built bicycles, tricycles and wagons for the children. A final group of participants helped the St Jude’s Ranch staff create decorations for their holiday fundraiser. Items included large candy canes, decorated trees and jumbo lollipops.

Making bicycles for Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada


Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada – With an increase in single-parent families and families with two working parents, a growing number of children turn to the Boys & Girls Club for after school activities. Participants assembled 50 bicycles, tricycles and wagons in addition to 20 pieces of furniture, including sports benches and storage boxes, for the children to use at the club. Participants also created 100 story time kits, which included books, handmade book marks and stuffed plush animals.

Adding Notes of Encouragement for Clark County School District Students’ Backpacks


Clark County School District has the task of preparing children for the future in an ever-changing and demanding world with shrinking budgets and cuts in funding. Over 11,000 students in the CCSD also have the challenge of being homeless. Purchasing necessary school supplies places an added stress on these families already in need. Participants created assembly lines and packed 360 student backpacks filled with school supplies. They also made 240 teacher kits and 100 story time kits that included classic books, handmade book marks, and novelty pillows. Participants also put together 150 solar car kits used to teach robotics and engineering lessons. Last, but not least, team members painted murals on pre-drawn canvases to beautify the walls of the schools.

Activity kits for NCCF


Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation improves the quality of life for critically ill children and their families. Participants created care packages for the patients and their siblings who were to attend Camp Cartwheel, a fun-filled 3 day camp where kids could take a break from their illness and have fun with their siblings. Teams decorated and filled summer swag bags with items needed for the camp such as sunscreen and sunglasses. Others made family care packages filled with activities such as games and puzzles to keep family members occupied during visits to the hospital. The last group of participants created 300 story time kits which included classic books, decorated book marks, stuffed plush animals and novelty pillows.

Outcome/Results:
At the end of the event, donation items and gifts were presented in a surprise reveal to each benefiting charity. Representatives and children addressed the company volunteers to say thank you and accept the donations. A special thank you gift made by the children at St. Jude’s Ranch was presented to the company’s Senior Leadership eliciting tears of joy and gratitude.

These four organizations, St. Jude’s Ranch, Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada and the Clark County School District received a total of 1,932 donation items. Each item was presented with a handwritten message crafted by the volunteers who had built, assembled and packed each donation item. While the charities received much needed donations for their organizations, participants left the event with a sense of accomplishment and pride in the social responsibility commitment of their company. The CSR event was a fantastic way to end the company’s week long National Sales Meeting conference and send colleagues home having made a significant contribution to the local Las Vegas community.

For more Information, please contact:
Corporate Event Interactive, Inc.
Info@Corpevent.com or 312-540-1000

Top 5 Team Building Themes for Foodies

Food Truck Frenzy Green Team

Food Truck Frenzy Green Team

Food brings people together. Inspire team building by gathering everyone for some fun around a prep table! We encourage friendly competition at our events so teams compete in challenges to win bonus ingredients. Of course taste testing is also a requirement! We hope you get inspired to try some of these mouthwatering activities!

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza is a Chicago favorite! Teams come up with some interesting combinations from spicy chorizo to sweet pineapple and bacon…the results are delicious. We enjoy this theme for locals as well as visitors as a great way to introduce a Chicago staple. Pizza is one item that pretty much everyone enjoys and it’s fun to see what will win over the judges.

Speaking of spicy, teams tend to get into Sassy Salsa Showdown. Throw in a guacamole challenge and now we’re talking about a serious appetizer competition. This is a great team building activity to lead up to a group dinner. Add some margaritas and you’ve got a party going.

Mixing things up with Creative Cocktails

Mixing things up with Creative Cocktails


It’s 5 o’clock somewhere! If your team likes mixology, we suggest breaking out the little drink umbrellas. We provide a variety of liquors including vodka, whiskey and gin along with some interesting ingredients to inspire your group of bartenders. Items may include local herbs, organic juices and even bold spices. Some teams get a blender mixing any cocktail with some shaved ice for a frosty treat. Consider challenging teams to make a cocktail to compliment your meeting theme.

Food trucks are all the rage, and our latest food team building event, Food Truck Frenzy does not disappoint! Teams receive a food category such as BBQ or Panini truck and are challenged to create a signature dish. Trucks are decorated according to theme and awards given for décor, taste and creativity. Teams make enough for everyone to sample, and this team building event provides a good appetizer for a cocktail party or pre-dinner challenge.

Food Collection for the Greater Chicago Food Depository

Food Collection for the Greater Chicago Food Depository


A wonderful opportunity for companies to combine their love of food, and team building with a charitable twist is to pack boxes for a local food pantry. Teams complete food themed challenges to win additional items for their boxes. We recommend having a representative from the selected charity or food pantry come to receive the generous donation and share more information about their cause, when they are available.

Let us know if you want to get in the kitchen with us… We’d love to work with you to cook up some excitement at your next team building function!

Contact us!
Corporate Event Interactive
312-540-1000

Mobile Room Escapes For Any Size Group

Trapped in the Tropics Greeters

Mobile Room Escape
Room escapes are popping up all over the US and becoming a popular twist on the traditional team building exercise. A typical room escape involves a small group of people literally locked in a room. In order to get out, they must find clues and solve puzzles to locate the hidden key within a set period of time. These challenges are excellent team building opportunities because everyone has a chance to contribute at different levels to solve riddles, put puzzles together or flip over chairs to find the way to escape!

Corporate Event Interactive has developed a mobile room escape concept on a much larger scale for our clients with up to 300 participants! Instead of escaping a room, our adventure has your team escaping an island. Trapped in the Tropics involves a series of islands (aka tables) each with its own set of clues, puzzles and locked treasure chests to keep every team member engaged.

Trapped in the Tropics Cabana


No phones or electronic devices maybe used to solve the clues. Teams work together to escape the island. This program offers a variety of puzzles and an opportunity to see who takes the lead as captain on certain puzzles and who jumps in on others. Our staff is available to help keep teams on track. After all, we don’t want to leave anyone stranded.

Titanic Panic

Photo Credit: Titanic by Jeffrey via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Our second room escape concept has an ocean theme. Titanic Panic is based on facts from the historic tragedy of 1912 when the great ocean liner hit an iceberg and sunk into the North Atlantic Ocean. Participants are assigned roles based on the actual passenger list from the Titanic. How your team collaborates can determine if you sink or swim!

History buffs especially enjoy the attention to detail this activity offers, though anyone who likes solving clues will appreciate the experience. Many of the activities happen simultaneously so teams divide and conquer the puzzles as they are presented. Everyone stays engaged which makes this unique team building activity particularly successful. As one treasure box code is cracked, a smaller one is found along with a new challenge. Teams continue to problem solve until they open the final chest or the clock runs out of time!

If you are looking for a new idea for your next team building experience, gather a hundred or so of your colleagues and join us for a room escape like you have never experienced before!

Contact us!
Corporate Event Interactive
312-540-1000

The Adventures of Outdoor Teambuilding

By: Rosita Carobelli-Zukowski

All in Place Communications and Event Planning
www.allinplace.ca

Treetop Eco-Adventure Park



With the warm weather finally upon us (we’ve been patiently waiting for you!), we have to take full advantage of it and bring our teams outdoors for some interactive meetings. In this month’s blog post, I have highlighted a few locations that offer outdoor teambuilding activities that will get your teams pumped (literally and figuratively speaking!). They are based in and around the Greater Toronto Area regions, but I’m sure these interactive activities can be adapted to your next meeting, regardless the location.



Let’s start, shall we…..

Treetop Eco-Adventure Park – on the beautiful Oak Ridges Moraine in Oshawa, Ontario

This is the only aerial tree top adventure park offered in the Greater Toronto Area. The aerial adventure course, a much more evolved and fun version of a military training obstacle course, is securely suspended between the trees at 10 to 50 feet off the ground. Some of the features of the courses include giant Tyrolean Zip lines, suspended bridges, swinging surprises, Tarzan swings, nets and more. There are also hiking trails that groups can explore together. They even host birthday parties for adults and children; what a unique way to celebrate a milestone! All the park’s activities operate rain or shine, except for in severe weather conditions.

SkyLife Interactive Meetings

Located in Toronto, Barrie and cottage country’s Muskoka, Skyline Hotels & Resorts offers over 40 different sessions and workshops for companies looking to re-energize their teams, providing a balance between business and pleasure during their stay. One adventure offered is Paintball. This creates for a vigorous mental challenge and strategic thinking; preparing each team member for their role in battle. Or scale gravity defying slopes in their Hummer H1 tours. All tours are led by a professional driver. Skyline also offers treetop trekking adventures as well as zipline, mountain biking and Ogo (aqua or harness). Another program, Chef’s Night Out, lets team members to cook up either a food or drink, going behind the scenes to the hotel kitchen’s staff to gain “inside information”. Each one of their programs can be tailored towards your team.

Fishing Expedition

On Facebook, I noticed a friend’s company based in Australia held a fishing expedition as a way to reward its sales force. Yes, this is a predominantly male-focused teambuilding experience, but there are ways to encourage everyone of any age or gender to get involved. Conservation authority properties are not only perfect for fishing but also provide hiking trails, picnic areas and lush open spaces to set up obstacle courses or to play a friendly game of touch football. Surrounded by nature, it’s a great way to re-energize and find peace, away from a world where it’s always “go, go go”!

Jump into Teambuilding!

By: Rosita Carobelli-Zukowski

All in Place Communications and Event Planning
www.allinplace.ca

Skyzone Trampoline_April 2013_cropped

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, injured and the people of Boston after last Monday’s Boston Marathon Bombings. It is in shock, sadness and disbelief that this could have happened and why. The Boston Marathon holds history, tradition and goodness, and this act of terror has twisted all the goodness that comes from it. As a Canadian citizen, we stand united with the American people that such an act of terror is not acceptable nor will it be condoned. I dedicate my following Blog Entry to you.

As I was watching a recent news segment (I watch a lot of news!), the reporter featured a cool concept where people of all ages get to jump indoors on a trampoline. Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park is the creator of the world’s first all-trampoline walled playing court. What a great way to get your exercise and a unique place to hold a teambuilding experience and/or event!

It provides the ultimate 3-D Play Experience! There are different court areas geared towards various age groups at select times in a day. Groups can rent the 1-Hour Dodge-ball Court during weekdays and the weekend. Everyone who jumps at Sky Zone must complete a valid waiver for that particular location. Socks are a must as everyone who jumps will need to be fitted for special jumping shoes (shoe rental fee is included in the admission fee). And when you want to take a break between jumping, catering is available for your group to munch on.

Good news, Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park has just announced they’ll be opening locations in Chicago and Elmhurst, Illinois in 2013! Sky Zone is already operating in Mississauga and Toronto, Ontario and another location is expected to open soon in Canada’s Capital, Ottawa.

For more details, get jumping to their website, http://www.skyzone.com/