At Rush, we believe in giving back to the communities we live and work in. We were proud to partner with incredible organizations in 2021 that serve people right here in the South Sound.
We are so proud to be the Underwriting Sponsor of Beer & Bites and support the incredible work of the South Sound CARE Foundation.
Each and every one of us knows someone - a parent, a child, a friend, a colleague - who has suffered from cancer. Thankfully, more and more people are surviving cancer today. Many are right here in the South Puget Sound Region where Dr. Frank Senecal and the South Sound CARE Foundation provide research, clinical trials and new treatment options to care for and extend the lives of South Sound Cancer Patient's. We are proud to announce that our the Philanthropy event near and dear to our hearts, Beer and Bites, had another incredible annual event, raising more than $750,000 for the South Sound CARE Foundation!
We are so honored to receive the Puget Sound Business Journal's Corporate Citizenship Award for Neighborhoods and Communities. Take a peak below as President Matt Smith accepts this honor at the award luncheon in Seattle last month.
Giving back to our community is at the core of who we are. It’s no wonder then that our history of giving back was inspired by a Rush team member! Over 20 years ago, Jenny Adams joined the Rush Companies. Jenny has cystic fibrosis (CF), a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. After attending a Great Strides walk in Seattle to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research, Jenny thought it would be beneficial to have a Great Strides walk in Pierce County. Together with the support of Rush, Jenny decided to start a local Great Strides walk and worked with the foundation to plan our first Great Strides walk at Pt. Defiance Park in 1998. With Rush’s $2,500 donation and that of many of our vendors and supplies, together we raised $30,000 for cystic fibrosis research in our first year! As the walk grew, so did Rush’s volunteers and donations—at one point reaching $35,000 dollars. Jenny recalls Founder Gordon Rush saying, “As long as Rush is making a profit, CF will get a donation.” Gordon was true to his word—Rush has been the premier sponsor of Great Strides’ Pierce County walk for 20 years. As the premier sponsor, The Rush Companies donates on average $10,000-$20,000 each year. Rush also underwrote most of the event for many years and Rush employees did all the legwork, setup, rentals and coordinated food service for each event until 2008 when CF foundation took over that effort. As the walk grew, it was eventually moved to Park Plaza, which has saved the walk $5,000 in rental fees—all of which went right to CF research. Park Plaza has been home base for the Great Strides Pierce County walk for the past 10 years.