Ascend Learning Employees in both the Burlington, Mass., and Leawood, Kan., headquarters joined forces Thursday to enjoy ice cream and raise $3,285 for The One Fund Boston, Inc., which benefits victims of the recent Boston Marathon bombings.
The ice cream fundraiser was the brainchild of JB Learning Cares, an employee-driven committee that supports charitable activities within the Jones & Bartlett Learning community. The news quickly spread to our friends in Leawood, who stepped up to support our Boston colleagues and also raise funds to support the bombing victims. Special One Ascend Boston Strong t-shirts, designed by JB Learning’s Tim Dziewit, also were sold at both locations to generate funds.
“We couldn’t be happier with the way the events worked out,” said Andrea Silva Robbins, a member of the JB Learning Cares team. “We are so glad we could gather Ascend together as a whole for such a great cause.”
Josh Gochenour, client account manager at ATI Nursing Education, said: “I donated and supported this cause to show that such a selfless act cannot keep people down, and we all will continue to march on despite the devastation. Even though it wasn’t close to my home, it still hit me hard when hearing the details of what happened that day and in the following weeks. I could not imagine losing a loved one or having a life-changing injury because of such an inhumane act on such a peaceful event.
“Boston and the country showed their strength despite the events that unfortunately occurred on a day that usually brings so much joy.”
The public can also donate via the One Fund Boston website by clicking here.
About JB Learning Cares
JB Learning Cares, the Jones & Bartlett Learning philanthropy program, is an employee group interested in the opportunity to donate to a worthy cause or participate in fundraising activities. Our mission is to support, encourage, and facilitate charitable activities, donations and services within the Jones & Bartlett Learning community while maintaining and enhancing the integrity of the company as a whole. JB Learning Cares aspires to make a difference by providing employees with an opportunity to generate and participate in charitable and rewarding activates. We seek to use our resources and reputation as an innovative and distinguished company to promote education, wellness and community involvement.