On Saturday night, SofterWare celebrated its 36th anniversary at The Fuge. The Fuge houses a centrifuge machine, which swings a capsule around in a circle on the end of a long arm. It’s designed to simulate gravitational forces, or “Gs”, on a test subject. SofterWare partied in a room that trained Mercury and Apollo astronauts to prepare for space!
The other great part of our annual party is the fact that we never forget why we’re in business, which is to help our clients. All of our fundraising software clients and many of our childcare and camp clients are nonprofits. We like to show our appreciation for them by giving part of our party budget to our clients and other nonprofits.
Second Annual Casino for a Cause
As staff arrived at the party, our HR Director Kathy Piunti handed everyone several hundred “SofterWare” dollars so we could gamble away at roulette, blackjack, and craps.
All the proceeds our staff won could then be traded for tickets. Each staff member and their guest got to choose one eight charities, which included:
- Last Chance Ranch
- Build The Kingdom at Kids’ Castle
- Loaves and Fishes
- Play it Forward
- NAMI Lehigh Valley
- Happiness is Campiness
- Bucks County Housing Group
- Skin Cancer Foundation
A total of $3,000 was split among them. For SofterWare folks, it was a fun way to learn how to gamble and bet over your heard without personal consequences. Another Sam at our company did the latter and turned a couple hundred bucks into $17,000! Unfortunately for Sam, the exchange rate for chips to tickets was not too good, and his plan to control the destiny of SofterWare’s charitable donations was thwarted.
Meanwhile, I was at the craps table and I lived up to the name, throwing the absolute worst rolls ever. Even though it was for charity, I thought one of the guys was going to throw me in the centrifuge and send me to Jupiter. Fortunately, our Senior VP Mike “I Always Make My Numbers” Sernoff came right after me and had a 45 minute roll! He nearly wiped out the bank!
A good time was had by all, and several worthy causes were the beneficiary. Not a bad way to spend an evening!