Three dedicated volunteers from University Hospitals hope to raise $50,000 for University Hospitals.
Robert Telecky, Alison Hunter, and Linda Hulsman are quite busy in their day job as employees of the University Hospitals (UH) Construction Services team. But beyond their talents as employees, they have proven themselves over the years to be dedicated philanthropists for a cause close to their heart.
It all began when Telecky, who visited multiple patient care areas of Rainbow while performing his daily tasks for the IT department, would watch hundreds of sick children come in and out of the hospital. He shared his experiences with a friend and co-worker and both agreed they wanted to do something for the kids at Rainbow. Often people want to do something, but it is the level and effort that this crew took it to that has magnified their success.
A group with a good sense of humor, and a firm belief in the idea that “laughter truly is the best medicine,” they decided to coordinate a comedy fundraiser. They coordinated efforts through the hospitals Circle of Friends program, a program that provides structure and support for third-party community fundraising efforts.
In 2003, Telecky and Hulsman, members of the IT Department at that time, spearheaded the first comedy show fundraiser for Rainbow, Comics for Kids. It raised $2,500. Not bad for a first-time fundraiser, but they had higher hopes. The team worked diligently to increase the number of attendees and dollars raised.
In 2006, Telecky and Hulsman moved to Construction Services, where Hunter joined their Comics for Kids team. That same year they raised nearly $23,000. And things just kept getting better.