Genesis Plastics Welding’s Pay It Forward Yard Sale Raises More Than $2300 for Local Vision Program
On July 30, 2016 the Genesis Plastics Welding team put on its second annual Pay It Forward Yard Sale benefiting a local charity within the community.
The inaugural sale raised $1766 in 2015 and benefited the Fortville United Methodist Church food pantry. This year’s sale raised $2333 for a vision program through the Fortville Lions Club that helps students get the vision screenings and eyewear they need.
Each year the Genesis team votes on a local charity to benefit from the sale’s proceeds. The funds come from the sale of donated items from Genesis team members and others in the community, as well as a 20 percent cut from individuals who run their own rummage sale booths during the event.
“It’s exciting to see how much this community event has grown in just two short years,” said Tom Ryder, CEO and president of Genesis Plastics Welding. “Our team really enjoys being able to work together to highlight local charities and provide financial support to assist them in the great work they are doing within the area. This year’s sale was a big success due to the community businesses and leaders that joined us to take it to the next level. We are extremely grateful for their donations and help.”
This year’s yard sale included donated gift certificates and prizes for raffle, as well as Colts tickets for a silent auction. The added element of fun helped increase the final donation amount to the Lions Club.
“This year’s yard sale was phenomenal,” said Genesis Plastics Welding employee Donna Burns. “The participation from the community far exceeded our expectations and made it such a great family event. We’re so proud to be able to make a difference for our community through this annual event.”
The Genesis team would like to thank the many businesses and individuals in the community for their assistance, donations and continued support: Fortville Feeders, FoxGardin Kitchen & Ale, Thursday Pools, M & J Firearms, NAPA Auto Parts, Holloway House, Best of What’s Around, reNEW Design & Construct, Ultra Ankle, The Snow Shack, Blue Seas Fitness & Wellness Center, At Home with Us, Waggin’ Tails, The Gypsy Chicks Boutique, Broadway Hardware, Mozzi’s Pizza, the Greenfield Reporter, Town of Fortville, Fortville Lions Club, Fortville/McCordsville Chamber of Commerce, Hancock County Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Fortville Action, Fortville Mama, Ellen Bunch, Teona Bunch, Debra Wilkerson, Bill Wilkerson, Becky Young, Elizabeth Castillo, Jean Baez, Cara McCune, Amy McCune, Kim Riggs and Alecia Burkhardt.
A big thank you to our Genesis team event volunteers as well: Dennis Burns, Donna Burns, Mary Jane Wilkerson, Joe Pfaff, Janelle Carty, Dale Wagner, Jon Harvey, Jeremy Brown, Martina Miranda, Michelle Miranda, Jud McKinney, Tom Ryder, Meg Ryder and Faith Ryder.
See you all next summer for more Pay It Forward Yard Sale fun!