The Power of Pink Works its Magic in Toledo


November 5, 2021

Skylight associates in Toledo participated in their 5th year of raising funds and awareness for those who have been affected by breast cancer and research for finding a cure. In years’ past, the office has gathered together for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, but because of COVID, the event was canceled in 2020, and the team had to get creative with a new way to support the cause. This was when the silent auction was created through the Power of Pink Campaign. Toledo Operations Coordinator and leader of this event, Mary Gensler, saw such great success last year that it has now become a staple event in the Toledo office during Breast Cancer Awareness month.

This year’s silent auction took place on October 13th and was full of items donated by local businesses and members of the Skylight community. “We were pleasantly surprised with all of the donations and support we received within the Toledo community for the event,” Mary shared. Out of the 37 items donated, some of them included Toledo Police Department K-9 unit gear, a Maumee Indoor Theater family fun package, a dinner and a show combo, Mary Kay baskets, a Toledo Police ride-along, gift cards for car washes, and much more! The team does not accept or ask for donations from businesses they do not patronize outside of this event.

In addition to raising donations through the silent auction, associates could also participate in two $5 all-you-can-eat Franks on Fridays lunches where all proceeds went to the cause. There was also a donation box displayed in the office that anyone could contribute to during the month of October.  

The Toledo office is a huge supporter of raising awareness and supporting research towards breast cancer due to the impact they have personally witnessed the horrendous disease have on their own associates in Toledo, directly or indirectly. “We do this because, over the years, we have had multiple people from our firm either pass away or go through treatment because of breast cancer. Everyone in the office at least knows someone, if not their family members or close friends, that have been affected by breast cancer,” Mary shared. There is never a shortage of participation or lack of donations when the office joins together to support this cause.

This year the office raised a total of $2,308 through the various events and opportunities available during the month of October. The silent auction, especially, added excitement to the office as staff and associates created friendly competition over hot ticket items. “I love being a part of something bigger than me. My favorite thing about the auction is with little effort and a fun event, we are helping people. You can’t beat that,” Mary said.

Great job helping out an amazing cause, Toledo, and thanks for sharing, Mary!