Phenomenex Wears Red for Charity
Jun 07 2009
Phenomenex had a blast last month, all in the name of charity. Hundreds of Phenomenex employees around the world showed up to work dressed in the most ridiculous attire they could gather with the
only rule being: it had to be red and look funny.
The catalyst for the global event came from the Phenomenex United Kingdom subsidiary, whose team planned some office comic relief in step with “Red Nose Day”. Businesses throughout the UK use this day to take
themselves less seriously at work and raise funds to help disadvantaged children by wearing silly costumes, playing practical jokes, and collecting donations for face painting and baked goods (see www.rednoseday.com
for more details). After learning of the plan, the staff at Phenomenex Headquarters urged all of its global offices to join in the fun.
In Torrance, employees gathered outside for an afternoon of sheer outrageousness. Joining them was Donna Dawick of Cheer for Children, a Redondo Beach based non-profit that raises donations to help acutely ill children and their siblings at County-Harbor UCLA Medical Center and for children with orthopedic disabilities at local schools. During the event, Ms. Dawick scored a soccer goal worth $1000 for her charity. “We’ve been fortunate to work with the fabulous employees at Phenomenex for over four years now and I have never seen an organization so passionate and fun. With their efforts we’ve been able to help many local children and families. This event has been amazing and will help many more.” By the end of the day Phenomenex raised $5,150 for the charity through a combination of sporting challenges, raffles, and refreshment sales.
Mr. Mahjoor commented, “With less than 24 hours notice, hundreds of our energetic staff showed up to our global offices dressed in outlandish red costumes ready to support a charity event many had never heard of before. But I’m not surprised - this is just our culture.” Mahjoor is not yet certain of the total amount of funds raised in other offices but he does mention that Phenomenex is heavily involved with many forms of community volunteerism around the world as part of its corporate mission. “It is our duty to serve our communities and to have fun fulfilling that duty whenever we can.”
You could say the people of Phenomenex are a bunch of clowns, and you’d be right, but they are a unique and dynamic group that has evolved a very special corporate culture. Last year Phenomenex was recognized with the prestigious “Top 15 Small Workplaces” award by the Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces. They were also recently recognized by the American Red Cross with a Platinum Award for longstanding support and yearly excellence in donation levels.
Phenomenex is committed to developing novel separation, purification and analytical chemistry solutions for the life sciences and related industries. Phenomenex’s core technologies include products for liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, sample preparation, bulk purification chromatographic media, and chromatography accessories and equipment. For more information on Phenomenex, visit www.phenomenex.com.
Cheer for Children was founded in 1985 as an all-volunteer organization to help acutely ill children and their siblings at County-Harbor UCLA Medical Center and local schools for children with orthopedic disabilities. The organization fills in where other non-profits often fall short by providing urgent and specific local needs for food and clothing. For more information on Cheer for Children, visit www.cheerforchildren.net.
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