Spirit Days raising money for area charities

By Dave Bertola

On Sept. 22, National Grid’s Buffalo employees wore their support for the Buffalo Bills on their sleeves – and raised money for the American Cancer Society.


National Grid employees in Buffalo have long been in the spirit of giving, as big supporters of a host of favorite charities. The team added sartorial and culinary twists to that goal in recent weeks, as Spirit Days were introduced at National Grid’s Kensington Ave. location.

Taking part in Spirit Days events held nearly every other week, employees donate $5 and bring a plate to pass. “Hawaiian Day” on Sept. 8 got things started, with funds raised going to Kids Escaping Drugs, a teen addiction treatment and education center in West Seneca. On Sept. 22, participants dressed in their favorite Buffalo Bills gear to benefit the American Cancer Society. Including matching gifts from the company, the events raised a combined $1,250.

Regional account services manager Rachel Brennan coordinated Spirit Days, inspired by reviewing employee survey results.

“We identified causes that impact so many of us,” she said. “Food always seems a fun way to bring people in our office together. And by holding them at the end of the week, Spirit Days seem to be something that everyone looks forward to.”

The remaining Spirit Days for 2017, and the western New York organizations that will benefit, are:

Oct. 6, Western Day, Unyts
Oct. 27 Costume Day, The Buffalo Zoo
Nov. 3 Buffalo Sabres Day, American Red Cross
Nov. 17 College Insignia Day, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County
Dec. 8 Plaid Day, SPCA of WNY
Dec. 15 Ugly Holiday Sweater Day, Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

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