From California to North Carolina, friends near and far will be supporting the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill this spring with the Sport A Shirt, Share A Night T-shirt campaign.
Since 2005, all five Ronald McDonald Houses in North Carolina have teamed up to sell T-shirts to help keep families close while their loved ones undergo treatment at local hospitals. Each $10 shirt helps provide hope to families when they need it most.
One of the biggest participants in Sport A Shirt is LabCorp, headquartered in Burlington, NC. LabCorp has participated every year since 2011. LabCorp first got involved with the
House by sponsoring A Tasteful Affair, recalls Teresa Mansfield, Director of Corporate Community Affairs at LabCorp.
“In looking at all the opportunities to become involved, we thought this event would go over well with our employees because it was different from other fundraising events,” she said. “Plus it is a good reason to dress casually one day.”
In addition to encouraging all of their employees to participate by buying a shirt, LabCorp is also a $7,500 sponsor for the event.
In their first year, LabCorp sold 390 shirts, but their efforts have grown each year due to the overwhelming support of all who work there. “Each year, we get great feedback from employees about how appreciative they are of the House, and how either their family or a close friend has benefited from staying at the House,” Teresa said. “We have a very caring group of employees that are ready to help give back in their communities.”
In 2016, LabCorp sold over 1,300 shirts to employees from all over the country. Teresa said LabCorp continues to support the event year after year because of their mission to improve health and lives, a commitment that extends into the communities where their employees live and work.
“We support the Sport a Shirt fundraiser because we strongly believe in the mission of the Ronald McDonald House to provide support and resources for families with hospitalized children, so they can focus on the health of their children.”