The Nonprofit/For-Profit Connection: AWE Corporate Interiors and Cancer Support Community AZ

by Robin Hanson

As a full-service, woman-owned, office furniture dealership, AWE Corporate Interiors had an idea that would not only help the Cancer Support Community Arizona (CSACZ) — the leader in providing FREE emotional support to anyone impacted by cancer — but would also benefit its manufacturer representatives.

Five years ago, Andrea Moseley, president, CEO and owner of AWE, was speaking with one of her favorite reps, Kelly Calcaterra of Contract Furnishings by Calcaterra (CFBC), and asked, “What happens to your samples at the end of each year?” Calcaterra replied they are either given to friends, donated or disposed of in the landfill. Fascinated with the response, Moseley’s idea started to take shape. She asked Calcaterra if AWE could sell the samples and give the profits to the Cancer Support Community. This would help the reps clear out their storage units and keep product from ending up in the landfill. And that’s how GarAWEge Sale was born!

This November, AWE successfully coordinated the donation throughout the year of more than 100 gently used and new sample items from more than 15 office furniture representatives, which included chairs, conference tables, desks, filing cabinets, fabric and carpet, and art pieces.

“We raised nearly $3,200, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting CSCAZ’s 100-plus free monthly cancer support programs. We are h onored to be part of this incredible organization that provides support to anyone impacted by cancer, at no cost to the program participants,” said Moseley.

She added, “The goal of the annual GarAWEge Sale is to bring awareness to the mission of an organization that I personally support, reduce environmental waste, and raise funds to promote the services of this powerful community, so that no one faces cancer alone.”

For more information about Cancer Support Community Arizona, call (602) 712-1006 or visit www.cscaz.org.

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