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Specialized workers scale down party, donate to charity instead

Published December 23, 2013

MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN) — Specialized Bicycle employees decided to scale down their holiday party this year, and donate the excess party budget to two non-profit organizations.

The employees decided in a company-wide vote about two months ago to opt for a modest office party instead of an off-site event. 

In a second vote, the employees chose to donate the extra budget amount to the United Way San Jose and World Bicycle Relief. Last Thursday representatives from each organization came to Specialized headquarters to accept the donations of $15,000 each.

“Specialized's support for World Bicycle Relief has been nothing short of amazing in 2013. From their matching support for Jordan Rapp's IRONMAN campaign, to their sponsorship for Wrigley Field Road Tour, their corporate involvement in our Africa Rides program and everything in between, we are incredibly grateful for their passion to mobilize those in need,” said Charles Coustan, World Bicycle Relief's executive director.  

Carole Hutton, president and CEO of United Way Silicon Valley, also thanked the company.  “Whether we are improving literacy rates in children, helping people become self-sufficient, or providing immediate, emergency services through our free and confidential 24 hour hotline, 211, Specialized’s donation will enable us to keep giving back to the community.”

 

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