Embrace Home Loans recently held its fourth annual "Embrace Spectacular," the company's modern version of "Take Your Kids to Work Day." Thirty-eight children worked in teams and raised in excess of $1,200 for local charities by selling lemonade.
"The Spectacular event introduces girls and boys to the workplace, empowers them to dream without gender limitations and to think creatively about their family, work and community lives," said Julie Chipman, director of talent development. "It is a fun day for the young children of employees to interact and learn to become future leaders and entrepreneurs."
The children were divided into four teams that developed business plans to sell lemonade. Each team presented their business ideas to a group of Embrace "sharks," comprised of four company executives who invested in their plans.
The teams sold lemonade to help raise money for a local charitable organization of their choice: Team Sunny Lemons raised $274.81 for Hasbro Children's Hospital, which Embrace matched for a total donation of $549.62. The Sweet Team raised $269.40 for the Animal Rescue Rhode Island. The Refreshers raised $243.25 for The Tomorrow Fund at Hasbro Children's Hospital, which provides financial and emotional support to children with cancer and their families. The Lemonaders raised $185.24 for the Jimmy Fund, which raises funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research.
One of the creative business ideas the children came up with was taking text orders to deliver the lemonade, which allowed Embrace employees who could not leave their desks an opportunity to purchase lemonade. All of the children were passionate about raising money for their charitable organizations.
"We learned that on a team everyone has a job and we are all good at different things," said 12-year old Norah Mateos, an Embrace Spectacular attendee. "We got creative with our ideas and worked hard to raise money for the charities."
Embrace CEO Dennis Hardiman said, “The annual Embrace Spectacular event offers a great opportunity for employees' children to truly experience a day at work and teaches them the importance of caring for others in their community. It is a reflection of Embrace Home Loans' culture of encouragement and empowerment, as well as our dedication to giving back to the community."