By Emily Eaton and Katherine Block
One of the great things about being a small business is that each and every staff member makes a direct impact on their co-workers and the business. We evolve as employees and as human beings because we share our passion and enthusiasm for our interests with one another. Whether it is a software program, a restaurant, or a non-profit organization, we are constantly inspired by each other.
Tiger Stencil designed by Katherine Block for The Wildcat Sanctuary.
Everyone at EG is involved in the community in some way or another. Some of us focus on the interactive community, such as Mahtab Rezai's work on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association (MIMA). Others contribute to the growth of our industry through mentoring and teaching, such as the college courses John Golden has taught at Minneapolis College of Art + Design (MCAD). And of course, we all have interests outside of our industry as well.
Kitty, the Canada Lynx, naps on her perch. Her paws are great for walking on snow, but also make good pillows!
Tigers Sierra and Ekaterina enjoy their Halloween enrichment together.
Ciega, the marbled domestic Bengal Cat, loves relaxing on her fire-hose hammock. She has no trouble getting around even though she was born blind.
When we give tours of the EatonGolden office space, we often get comments about how warm and creative the environment is. Much of that comes from the way we designed each space to have picture frames and magnet walls that each EG-er can customize with photographs and art that inspires them. Most of us fill our frames with photos of our family, travel, etc. -- Katherine’s EG workspace is filled with pictures and paw prints of TWS residents. Her passion for the organization (and its residents) inspired us to sponsor a cat for the 2011 season. Katherine chose Ciega, the marbled domestic Bengal cat, and explains, “Ciega inspires me because of her determination to get the most out of life even though she was born without eyes, which is a tragic and unpredictable result of breeding domestic Bengal cats.”
On October 9th, we sponsored a table for the annual “Jungle Boogie” fundraiser gala, inviting the whole staff to attend. In one night, sanctuary supporters raised almost $60,000 by bidding on silent and live auction items, making Fund-a-Need donations, and buying raffle tickets or items at the gift shop. Jungle Boogie 2011 was a huge success and we were delighted to have been a part of it. And, we are so proud of Katherine for making a difference in an organization she feels passionate about.
The groups, events, and causes that EatonGolden sponsors may evolve over the years as our employees and culture evolve, but embracing (and supporting) the diverse interests of our employees will always be a part of who we are.
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