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Charitable Fundraising

Feb 02, 2015
Another Banner Year for TSSA’s Charitable Project
More than $110,000 Donated to Children Needing Burn Treatments

TSSA has embraced the idea of supporting a charitable cause or organization for many Walt Cadeyears, and since 2001, the charitable partner has been the Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston. This particular hospital treats children suffering from burns regardless of their family’s abil­ity to pay for the treatment. They ac­cept patients from all over the world and create miracles within their walls, thanks in great part to the donations from individuals and organizations.

The bulk of the donations are collected during and shortly after the annual conference through events such as the Charity Poker Tournament traditionally held on the Sunday before the conference officially begins. Silent and live auctions take place throughout the rest of the conference. However, in the last few years, donations have doubled thanks to several generous members who have funded a matching challenge. This year, we started off with a small fund that quickly grew before the end of the conference and with members vying to have their pledge recorded, it was clear that we would have another banner year.

The silent and live auctions are great fun with a little help from our celebrity auctioneer friends and fellow-members, Walt and Cheryl Cade. Walt took a short break from his hit show, “Storage Wars: Texas” to add his Texas twang to the proceedings. We had some great items that caused some excitement on the bidding floor but the most moving moment was watch­ing the hands fly up in the air when members heard that we were going to fall short of our $100,000 goal.

Members pledge what they can— all those $20 donations add up and are just as meaningful as the larger amounts. That’s one reason that our “Starfish: Make a Difference Campaign” continues to flourish. It began several years ago as a way to allow our mem­ber facilities to unite in their support of a worthy cause. By soliciting donations

from customers in their community, we are increasing awareness of the services the hospital provides to burn victims and their families, but we also raise awareness of the contributions our member facilities make to their communities. The “Starfish: Make a Difference Campaign” contributed more than $5,000 of the total funds donated this year—and this was done one dollar at a time.

The following facilities participated this year:

  • A Better Place – Corpus Christi
  • A Low Cost Self Storage – Baytown
  • Amazing Spaces Storage Centers – Houston, Spring, Shenandoah, The Woodlands
  • Cubby Hole Texas 1 – Wake Village
  • Cubby Hole Texas 2 – Bryan
  • Lock Box East – Longview
  • Allen Mini Storage – Port Arthur
  • America’s Storage – Nacogdoches