In business, our job is to focus on growing the business every year, month and day. However, here at CIS our staff considers our Philanthropy quite often as our culture insures we give back to the community routinely. We support organizations that are honest and contribute over 95% of the funds received to the actual charity.
As CEO, each year I encourage CIS’ extraordinary staff to select, design and control our company’s Philanthropy. Over the years we have examples of these wonderful contributions that have taken place: holiday gifts donated to families on hard times, money donated to the Make A Wish Foundation, sending over 3,800 bottles / 160 cases to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and more.
Most recently, CIS’ staff raised money to fight something that is near and dear to some of our employees. CIS raised money to fight Lupus. Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by Lupus can affect many different body systems including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.
Two of CIS’ staff members, who are brothers, have been affected by Lupus in a different way. They lost their young sister (Jackie) to this disease. Every year they have put together a walk to commemorate their sister, raise awareness about Lupus and donate money to the Lupus Society of Illinois. This year, the 10thyear of commemorating Jackie, they put together a competition for which there were three teams. Each team had a captain, of which I happily represented a team in addition to two upper management staff members. The goal was for each team to attempt and achieve the highest amount donations in three weeks. The winning team, with the most donations collected, would be able to throw a pie in the face of any of the three captains.
Ultimately, it was an amazing fund-raising event for a wonderful cause! Everyone here at CIS contributed, had fun, and I joyfully received many pies thrown at my face.
These are just a couple of examples of the amazing people that represent my company, CIS. I am proud of their humanity and caring for other individuals.
Ira Katz CEO
Lupus Society of Illinois
Hurricane Harvey Water for Houston TX
Make A Wish Foundation