By: Lindsay Stafford, National Sales Manager
“A community is made up of intimate relationships among diversified types of individuals – a kinship group, a local group, a neighborhood, a large village, a family.” – Carroll Quigley
This past Saturday, I was able to join my Woof Boom Radio family in one of the most rewarding events I’ve been able to be a part of. As a part of the Woof Boom Family…we talk about community quite a bit. It never really occurs to you what “community” actually means until you see one come together full force. I was able to say that community is exactly what I was a part of.
A few months ago, a co-worker of ours was diagnosed with “the dreaded C word.” I say it that way as if cancer is a hard word to say, but my thoughts are that everything about cancer is incredibly hard. Being a friend, family member, or co-worker of someone diagnosed with cancer…you wish with all of your might that you could take the pain away…or do SOMETHING to ease it at least. That’s when you look around and realize that you aren’t the only one who feels that way. That’s when the “community” begins.
Our Woof Boom family….”community”…partnered with the sisters of Delta Theta Tau, an organized sorority in Alexandria, Indiana to help raise funds for our co-worker and her family during this extremely hard time. I knew the event was going to be great, I guess I just didn’t realize how great. I watched an entire small town, one that I grew up in, come together in a big way to support this amazing woman and her family. To say it brought tears to my eyes is an understatement. Who knew that this small town…”community”…and these ladies dedicated to this sorority…”community”…could make a statement this loud?
Throughout the night, while we bowled, several prizes were given away. These prizes were donated by several different businesses in the area, including our Woof Boom radio stations. People bought raffle tickets in order to win the prizes…but everyone knew the ultimate prize was the smile on the faces of the family we were there to support. After a fun-filled night of watching several smaller communities come together to form a big community for a great cause…we were able to raise over five thousand dollars to support this family.
I was so happy to be a part of this experience…with my “community” of co-workers here at Woof Boom, with my “community” of friends that dedicate their time with Delta Theta Tau in order to help others, and with the “community” of Alexandria, Indiana…the small town that I grew up and still reside in. In the end, “the dreaded C word” was supported and surrounded with the love and dedication of an amazing “C word”….Community.