In October, Javits Center employees raised more than $2,800 for causes related to breast cancer research and domestic violence victims. Coordinated by Human Resources, employees throughout the organization donated money and wore pink and purple to show their support for the causes.
“The Javits Center’s workforce has a very strong sense of family, and through these programs, we are hoping to help other families get the assistance that they may need,” said Director of Human Resources Melissa Vele. “Our employees are members of the New York community, and we are proud to work with community organizations to support other New Yorkers.”
For Breast Cancer Awareness Day on October 30, staff displayed their best pink colors and pitched in $1,560 -- a 50% increase from the previous year’s total. The donations will be given to the American Cancer Society to support further research.
On October 19, the Javits Center held its annual Shine the Light on Domestic Violence Charity day, and employees were allowed to dress down and wear purple for a $5.00 donation. Staff also sold purple ribbons, purple pins and mugs with the purple ribbon. In total, $1,303 was raised for the cause, and the money was donated to Sanctuary for Families, a victim advocacy group.
“A warm thank you to all at the Javits Center for making Sanctuary for Families and the gender violence survivors we work with, the beneficiaries of this year’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month fundraiser,” said Executive Director, Hon. Judy Harris Kluger. “The funds you collectively raised will help us provide life-saving services to thousands of survivors and their children in the coming year.“