FASTSIGNS of Louisville: Showing Community Success is Business Success
Sam and Susan Cilone aren’t the kind of people to just set up business in a town—they see their town as their business. It is that keen awareness of interconnectedness coupled with a sincere belief that what helps some in the community helps everyone, which has pushed their community support efforts to grow as their FASTSIGNS business has grown.
Susan Cilone grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and learned from a very young age about volunteerism and community. At age five, she remembers driving through her neighborhood yelling from the back of the family station wagon, “Come to the Carnival!” Her older brother, Danny, had built a backyard carnival from scratch as a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and at age 10 won a top prize for the money he raised. Susan saw firsthand what can be accomplished when you harness the volunteer power of those who care.
In 1994, Susan brought her new husband to Louisville to open their business, a FASTSIGNS center. The first banner they made was a donation for that year’s WHAS Crusade for Children’s live telethon, occurring the weekend following FASTSIGNS of Louisville’s grand opening. That banner launched a 23-year relationship with the Cilone family, their FASTSIGNS locations, and the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, the WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to better the lives of special needs children.
This month, Susan began serving a three-year term on the board of the Crusade Endowment, which covers operating costs so every year 100% of the donations raised in the community go to charity.
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