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2018 Special Olympics Windy City Ducky Derby

60,000 ducks floated down the Chicago River yesterday for the Special Olympics Illinois Windy City Ducky Derby! For the first time, ALL 60,000 ducks were adopted!
MAKE Corporation participated for the 6th year and our team met our goal of adopting 500 ducks.
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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics

We’ve been celebrating the the 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics all week! Events for this milestone took place in Chicago, the birthplace of Special Olympics and we were thrilled to be a part of it. Events included: lighting ceremony for the eternal flame of hope, a Special Olympics Women’s Leadership Breakfast, the first ever Unified Cop soccer tournament, and much more! Below are a few of the highlights. Click here for a full recap!
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2018 VMS Professionals Conference

Over 100 contingent workforce managers from across the United States gathered together this past week for the 2018 VMS Professionals Conference at McDonald’s Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL. This was the 14th Annual Conference, where industry experts and fellow end-users shared insight on trends and explored how to adapt to what’s coming next.

We heard from leaders from various corporations on what they are doing to attract contingent talent and change their programs: from leveraging a brand and creating a program brand, to leveraging alternative talent such as retirees and freelancers. We heard from Seyfarth Shaw’s Kara Goodwin about real life cases and were provided knowledge to help mitigate risks. Staffing Industry Analysts’s Dawn McCartney shared information regarding technology and personal experiences in the contingent space, proceeded by Genuent’s Kip Wright who helped us understand branding and what others are doing to enhance the candidate experience for contingent workers.

Thank you, Special Olympics Illinois, for stopping by to give us a 50th anniversary preview and share how our companies can get involved.

We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!IMG_3022

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2018 Special Olympics Inspire Greatness Gala

MAKE Corporation celebrated the 11th annual Inspire Greatness Gala benefiting Special Olympics Illinois as a silver sponsor. The 2018 Gala paid tribute to the athletes of Special Olympics and we were honored to have the opportunity to celebrate alongside them. The event was absolutely beautiful and surpassed fundraising of any other year.
This July, we celebrate how far we’ve come since 1968 when the Special Olympics movement was launched. Join us this summer in celebrating #SpecialOlympics50

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Special Olympics Polar Plunge

Karen & Steve committed to “be bold and get cold” and took the polar plunge for Special Olympics Illinois!

Karen Wilson, President & CEO of MAKE Corporation, joined fellow Special Olympics IL Board of Directors members on team “The Board Backers”. The Board of Directors (which includes some of the athletes!) surpassed their goal of $10,000, raising $12,745 for the 22,000 athletes participating across Illinois. The Polar Plunge events occur annually across the state and the board travels to various locations to plunge with the athletes.

MAKE will be celebrating the 50 years of inclusion and empowerment all year alongside Special Olympics and we hope you consider joining us:

https://www.specialolympics.org/50th.asp

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2018 First Look for Charity

First Look for Charity is an annual fundraising event hosted by the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place Chicago. The event was projected to raise $3 million for 18 charities across Chicago. Attendees have a chance to preview the Auto Show while supporting their charity of choice. MAKE attended as a sponsor for Special Olympics Illinois for the fifth consecutive year.IMG_4344

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2017 Holiday Card Design Contest

In effort to spread peace during the holiday season, MAKE hosts an annual card design contest for all of our consultants and staff. The winning illustration will receive $500 and be featured in our annual holiday e-card. Here were a few of the wonderful submissions we received (click on any image to view larger). Thanks to all who participated!

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Special Olympics Inspire Greatness Gala

MAKE Corporation celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Inspire Greatness Gala benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The 2017 Gala paid tribute to the athletes of Special Olympics and the role they have played in this historic movement and showing the world how Special Olympics transforms lives.22549803_10210684664532889_686297194666170581_n 22687571_10154773066296637_4591822779296177037_n sponsors

MAKE Corporation Sponsors 2017 Southwest Airlines LUV Classic

MAKE Corporation was proud to be a part of the 32nd Annual LUV Classic Golf Tournament. Since 1985, the Southwest Airlines LUV Classic Charity Golf Tournament and Party has donated more than $16 million to benefit children’s charities, including: Children’s Hospital Colorado, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Knights of Heroes, and Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).

The MAKE team proud to meet Gary Kelly, CEO of SWA

The MAKE team was proud to meet Gary Kelly, CEO of SWA

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2017 Plane Pull: Pulling Together for Special Olympics

The Plane Pull is the ultimate tug-of-war competition as teams compete to pull an aircraft 12 feet as quickly as possible, while fundraising for Special Olympics IL! Awards are given to the fastest pull in each division, fastest pull overall and top fundraising team.

MAKE Corporation participated for the 5th year and set our fastest time yet!PP5PP6PP1 PP4