American Cancer Society & FMK Team Up to Fight Cancer
Sept. 30th 2016
FMK Restaurant Group’s dedication to community is one of its core values. So when the opportunity arose to help support the American Cancer Society with its annual fundraiser, the Cattle Barron’s Ball, they were happy to team up and offer support.
Tami Dion, a senior manager with the American Cancer Society, was thoroughly impressed with the way the FMK restaurant group stepped up to go “above and beyond; becoming a part of the American Cancer Society family,” during their efforts to promote and cater the Cattle Barron’s Ball. “We developed an ongoing relationship. You could tell it was much more than a contract to them,” Dion says of the FMK management and staff that she worked with to make the fundraiser such a success.
The signature fundraising event held on September, 24th, 2016 at the Savannah Center in The Villages, Florida, raised over $100k for the American Cancer Society. The money raised will help support awareness and community programs that help patients, survivors and families affected by cancer. “It seems that these days everyone has been touched by cancer in one way or another,” Dion says. “My goal is to educate and connect people with programs they may not be aware of that are available to help them.” One such program is Road to Recovery, a service that provides transportation to treatment centers for cancer patients.
With education, awareness and community connection at the heart of the fundraising campaign, FMK offered support in more ways then just food services. “From running ads and passing out flyers in their restaurants, to letting us host the golf car raffle at their properties, the FMK group really stepped up. Fred (Karimipour) was so generous and connected to the cause. I remember meeting him and telling him about the event and the first thing he said was ‘how can I help.’ I could tell his heart was in the right place and he wanted to help on a personal level. It was more than just gaining business,” says Dion.
Paulie Villareal, Community Relations Manager, worked closely with Tami Dion to coordinate the community events. “Paulie always answers his phone! He was a huge help. He felt like part of our team and has become a friend.”
During the Cattle Barron’s Ball, FMK chefs and staff catered the 275 guests. “I was really impressed,” says Dion. “It was all hands on deck. It really meant a lot to me that all the management was there helping right along with everyone. It showed how important our cause was to them.”
In The Villages, community is everything. Events like the Cattle Barron’s Ball bring everything full circle, connecting community and business, to give the large population the small town feel that makes it thrive. Dion says, “working with a locally based company like FMK Restaurant Group was very beneficial and I look forward to an ongoing relationship with their team.”