Compass Self Storage, a self-storage operator with facilities in several states, has partnered with Charity Storage to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).
Created by Lance Watkins, founder of self-storage auction site Storage Treasures.com, Charity Storage donates the proceeds from a self-storage auction to local and national charities. Compass Self Storage, which is owned by the Amsdell Cos., became involved with the charity after company president Todd Amsdell heard about the organization.
“We got set up very quickly on the Charity Storage website and also at Storage Treasures.com, and within a month we held our first Charity Storage auction,” says Gus Maragliano, a senior district manager for Compass Self Storage.
Watkins launched Charity Storage after seeing the popularity of self-storage auctions grow. The net proceeds from the sale of each unit at a Charity Storage auction are split three ways. The Self Storage Association Foundation receives 10 percent, Kure It Inc., which raises awareness and funds for kidney cancer, receives 30 percent, and the individual facility chooses a local or national charity to receive the remaining 60 percent, as Compass Self Storage has done with LLS.
“We’ve been aligned with LLS for many years and have set forth to continue our relationship at the highest levels the company has ever seen,” says Sean Bentley, a district manager for Compass Self Storage. “Our alignment with Charity Storage has only solidified our meeting the goals.”
To date, Compass Self Storage has raised $1,274.50 through eight auctions. The company’s goal is to reach $8,000 by the end of the year.
“Charity Storage is in its first year of existence and seeing a company like Compass Self Storage realize its goal of supporting the LLS cause through our program is what we are all about,” Watkins says. “We hope more self-storage companies and facilities across the country join in with the same enthusiasm.”
Compass Self Storage operates facilities in Florida, Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Headquartered in Cleveland, the Amsdell Cos. draw its roots from the family-owned construction company founded in 1928. The company has since been active in several billions of dollars worth of real estate ventures with a primary focus in self-storage.