New York Life Employees Come Together for Good Giving
Erin Phillips is a Development Officer at ExpandED Schools.
Ted Mathas (New York Life’s Chairman and CEO and ExpandED Schools’ spring benefit honoree) hands medals to winners of the New York Life 'Family Showdown,' an employee fundraiser that raised money for ExpandED Schools.
Two people stand face to face with one hand behind their backs, the other hovering shakily over a buzzer. Their teammates stand anxiously behind them, all eagerly awaiting the next question: “Name a female singer you’d be embarrassed to see your grandma dress like.” Both hands slam down on the buzzer in hopes to answer first. The winning response: Lady Gaga.
If this sounds like a game show, you’d be right, but it’s also just another day at New York Life’s Home Office during the company’s Together for Good Giving campaign, which runs February 27 – March 17.
To help kick off their campaign, New York Life employees participated in the Family Showdown on March 2nd, a Family Feud-style fundraising event that benefited ExpandED Schools. Seven employee teams vied against each other to secure the top spot to compete against Party of Five, a team comprised of Ted Mathas (New York Life’s Chairman and CEO and ExpandED Schools’ spring benefit honoree) and some of the members of the Executive Management Committee (New York Life’s senior executive leadership that assists the CEO in setting policy for the company). For the final throwdown, the two teams tried to answer the question: “Name something so…New York,” which proved surprisingly hard to answer. But alas, there could only be one winner and that was (drumroll) Ted’s team!
This event was a great way for New York Life employees to have fun with colleagues while also raising meaningful funds to help ExpandED Schools continue towards its mission of ensuring that all kids, from every zip code, have opportunities to discover their talents and develop their full potential. And raise funds it did! New York Life employee participation coupled with matching contributions from Ted raised a whopping $54,220.41. In the coming weeks, the New York Life Foundation will be making a matching contribution as well.
We are grateful for the continued support of New York Life and the New York Life Foundation, who has partnered with our organization since 2009 with grants totaling $1.4 million.