EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Thanks to generous family, friends and colleagues at IGT, the company successfully raised over $89,000 for MDA.
A large part of that fundraising was for cabin banners, which were going to be displayed at the 2020 summer camp and be signed and decorated by the campers. Upon the conclusion of camp week, the banners were to be sent to the sponsors as a keepsake for their generosity.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 hit in March 2020 and MDA Camp had to be cancelled for the safety of the campers and counselors. However, it didn’t stop IGT and the MDA staff from fulfilling their promise to those who sponsored a banner.
They shipped several banners to MDA families in early December to have them decorate the banners and return them to IGT. On Dec. 15, representatives of IGT and MDA staff hosted a virtual video call with the children and their families who decorated the banners, so they could show them off and play virtual games. Rhys Hoskins and his wife, Jayme, who are big supporters of MDA, took part in the call, and there was a visit, via video, from the Philly Phanatic, which everyone loved.
On Dec. 21, Alice Santiago, Erika Valentin and Kathy DiNardo from IGT, among others, delivered gift baskets to the Veterans Home in Vineland, and later in the day Andre Brunette, Tim Centanzo, Mike Ordille and Tim Shortall from IGT delivered gifts donated by several employees to the Sullivan family in Wilmington, Delaware. Daniel Sullivan has muscular dystrophy, and 2020 was a particularly difficult year for him and his family. Both the veterans and the Sullivan family were overwhelmed with the generosity and kindness of the IGT employees. The personal gifts and donations to the Sullivan family exceeded $1,400.