The Beach Ball
In 2010, we started a little fundraiser called the Bennett Beach Bash in support of one of our colleagues who was battling uterine cancer. That first Beach Bash turned out to be a huge success with more than 400 members of the design community kicking off their shoes, dancing in the sand, and toasting the summer to the sound of a calypso beat. Partygoers, together with corporate sponsors, raised over $25,000 that year in the fight against women’s cancers.
In the wake of the success of the first Beach Bash, Bennett Design decided to keep the momentum going by turning the fundraiser into an annual event, raising another $50,000 over the next two years.
Knowing that there is power in numbers, Bennett Design put a plan into action to turn that little Beach Bash into something bigger. In 2013, with a change of venue and an official event committee comprised of members from multiple design firms, the Beach Ball was born. The design community stepped up once again to raise a whopping $45,000 at what had become the industry’s biggest party yet.
We are proud to report that by 2016, the total raised for women’s cancers hit $140,000, part of which was used to fund the addition of a chemotherapy treatment room at Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Centre. What started as little party on the beach grew to make a big impact, bringing the design community together to support a cause that is close to our hearts. We thank all of you who participated, donated and volunteered over the years – you helped make a difference!
Bennett B-Dirty Days
Each year, we host a two day summer event for the Bennett Design Team. One of those days is considered our “B-Clean Day” and we will go offsite for a day of fun, team building and a luncheon, but the other day – the “B-Dirty Day” is dedicated to cleaning up the environment around us and involves cleaning trash out of neighborhood forests, and responsibly disposing of old tires, plastic and garbage. We have a great time getting dirty to make our local green spaces pristine.
Bennett Design has been sponsoring at least 2 children on a monthly basis through Compassion Canada for more than 10 years now. We believe every kid deserves a chance in life and we are thrilled to have been able to help give that chance to our Compassion Kids in Colombia, Indonesia and Mexico over the years. Our staff take turns corresponding with the children by letter and email and have seen the fruit of our giving as they grow, learn and prosper.
Click here and choose a child to sponsor. It’s the best thing you will do all day.
Creative Expression Award
The Bennett Design Associates ‘Creative Expression Award’ honours the Uxbridge Public School graduating student who has shown outstanding creativity in the arts – be that music, drama, art or presentation graphics.
This award is chosen by the teachers, and unlike many of the awards given at the graduation ceremonies that are academic achievements, this award is driven by a student’s ability to use the right side of their brain in expressing themselves. We are proud to support the creative young people in our community.