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SOURCE Super Service
Nationwide effort recognizes service efforts of local business communities
INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- During the past three months, thousands of participants in 42 states served more than 700 charities across the U.S. as part of the 2013 Super Service Challenge. And now, the hard work is paying off – literally – as more than $1 million has been awarded to the charities that benefited from these service projects.
The Super Service Challenge, a nationwide charitable effort started in 2011, partners with Drew Brees' Brees Dream Foundation to encourage companies and organizations to spread a heart of service and win money for a deserving charity.
"The Super Service Challenge is a true example of how small groups of dedicated people can have a big impact. And the impact made by the more than 2,200 teams who participated in this year's Super Service Challenge is something to be celebrated," said Mitch Davis, executive director of the Super Service Challenge.
Winning teams were announced last Thursday, Jan. 9, and 29 major prizes of $10,000 or more were awarded to charities throughout the nation. The top four teams nationwide each received $25,000 for their partner charities along with four grand prize trips to Super Bowl XLVIII.
The Super Service Challenge sponsors the Jan. 31 Super Bowl Breakfast at which the winners' charitable efforts will be recognized. The breakfast also features the presentation of the Bart Starr Award to an NFL player for outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community.
"We are thrilled with the success of this year's Challenge and the impact these businesses have made on the not-for-profit community. The funds received by the partner charities will greatly help today, but the relationships formed through the Challenge will help for years to come," added Drew Brees.
The top four teams nationwide and their projects are:
Teams of Super Service Challenge volunteers identified a deserving charity, conducted a service project benefiting that charity, and then submitted a two-minute video or photo slideshow of their service project via the Super Service Challenge website. A panel of independent judges selected the winning entries. Judging criteria included how the charity was served, how the team would serve the charity moving forward, and how the charity would use the prize money.
This year's notable judges included Super Service Challenge ambassador Drew Brees and Emmy-award winning television and radio host Rita Cosby.
Each winning team's charity will receive a portion of more than $1 million in prize money in the weeks ahead. A complete list and description of each winning project is available at http://cwam.com/super-service-challenge/.
"The Super Service Challenge embodies the spirit of servant leadership that is alive and well throughout our nation," added Davis. "We look forward to continuing to add more teams to the Super Service Challenge and welcome the opportunity for new and expanded partnerships that will help us benefit even more worthy charitable organizations."
About the Super Service Challenge
Founded in 2011 in Indianapolis, Ind., the Super Service Challenge's goal is to spread the mission and message of service across the United States. The nationwide initiative encourages and rewards volunteers from the workplace who come together to serve charities and have an impact in their communities. Participation is open to all who want to serve with a team from their workplace. These teams choose a local charity, serve that charity and then submit a brief, two-minute video or photo presentation of their service on the Super Service Challenge website. Winning teams receive a share of more than $1 million for their charities. In 2013, the Super Service Challenge was led by four major markets that are hosting, or have hosted, the Super Bowl.
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