Franchising Gives Back Las Vegas 2019
More than 70 volunteers from the franchising community took part in the IFA Foundation’s 2019 Franchising Gives Back volunteer event on Saturday in Las Vegas. The annual community service event, now in its fifth year, helped to kick off the IFA Annual Convention in Las Vegas.
Volunteers from franchising brands across various industries returned to Richard J. Rundle Elementary School, a Title 1 elementary school and site of the 2017 Franchising Gives Back event. Following an introduction by Roark Capital Group Managing Steve Romaniello, CFE, incoming IFA Chair David Barr of PMTD Restaurants and IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti, the volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got to work.
One group headed outside to plant gardens, build pathways, assemble picnic tables and decorate garden sheds and set up play areas. Another group concentrated on painting classrooms, assembling gifts of appreciation for teachers, and writing inspirational messages for the children. In addition to the direct involvement with school projects for the day and service supplies, IFA donated another $2,500 to the school on behalf of Franchising Gives Back and the IFA Foundation. Steve Romaniello and his wife, Tina, donated $10,000 to the school as well on behalf of their family foundation.
“What inspires me to give back is a true joy knowing that our customers give us so much, and we want to be able to give back to them and our community,” said Marci Kleinsasser of Handyman Connection. “This was my first Franchising Gives Back volunteer event. It allows me to give back through our community of franchising because we’re all so close. Giving back is part of our core values and the soul of our company and I really appreciate being a part of this event.”
“It’s pretty simple, if you’ve been able to do well, you need to be giving back and leave this place a little better than we found it,” said Hylant’s Jeannie Hylant of Hylant Group. Special thanks to our sponsors, PuroClean, Tropical Smoothie Café, Massage Envy and Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers!