Pogoda Cos. and National Storage Centers joined forces to give back to the community this fall, helping to raise more than $100,000 at two charity events. The companies are also teaming up with U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Annual Holiday Toy Drive this holiday season by adding drop-off boxes at self-storage facilities.
The self-storage companies participated in The American Diabetes Association raise awareness and Stomp Out Diabetes during the 5th Annual Wine Tasting Benefit hosted at The Reserve at Big Rock Restaurant, near downtown Birmingham, Mich., on Nov. 3.
The event featured an evening of food, wines from around the world and an auction of gifts and prizes. Besides being one of the major sponsors, Pogoda Cos. and National Storage Centers donated a 10-foot-by-20-foot self-storage unit for the silent auction. Company owner Maurice Pogoda and his wife, Lori, served on the Stomp Out Planning committee.
In Ann Arbor, Mich., National Storage Centers helped raise awareness for yet another cause, the 2011 Take Steps for Crohns and Colitis Walk at Gallup Park on Oct. 22. The event featured music and a kids corral complete with crafts, face painting and prizes. There was also a Midway area, where sponsors set up informational booths. National Storage Center of Ann Arbor on Jackson Road manned one of the booths and gave out free water bottles and candy to attendees.
Select self-storage facilities managed by Pogoda Cos. will serve as drop-off locations for the Toys For Tots holiday toy drive. The Toys For Tots Foundation has been in existence for 63 years, during which time Marines have distributed more than 400 million toys to more than 188 million needy children.