What happens when a pest control firm facilitates an introduction of local sports to local charities?
Northfield, Ill.-based Rose Pest Solutions is now in its third year of “Saving Literacy” throughout Chicagoland with several creative tactics in play. Oscar Dansk, goalie for the Chicago Wolves
2019-2020, had 18 winning games last season. Rose Pest Solutions donated $100 per win to Bernie’s Book Bank during the season.
In addition, to promote “Kids Helping Kids,” Rose Pest Solutions and the Wolves held an All-School Book Drive contest for “School Game Day,” where about 10,000 kids filled the seats at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.
Contributions from staff, fans and teachers, and interest for future donations, were overwhelmingly positive. Today, several of Rose Pest Solutions’ branch locations are official Book Donation Drop Off sites for Bernie’s Book Bank. Throughout the year, contests are held to incentivize participants with various prizes in exchange for their good deeds.
After seeing the Wolves’ project success, the Northwestern University Athletics Men’s Basketball team wanted to partner with Rose Pest Solutions, too. “Books for Buckets” has several tactics working together to maximize team efforts. Northwestern staff and fan book donations were steady all season long. Plus, for every three-pointer made during the 2019-2020 men’s basketball season, Rose donated
a set of books through Bernie’s Book Bank.
For 2020, the program has been designed to reach more people in the community, and encourage elementary school kids to read who are back in school, in hybrid classes or e-learning. Together with Culver’s and Chick-fil-A, Northwestern University Athletics and Rose Pest Solutions will award participants for reading specific numbers of books. The reading program debuted Oct. 5, and continues through the 2020-21 season.
Check out some photos below:
Rose Pest Solutions presents a donation check to Bernie’s Book Bank on behalf of its partnership with the Chicago Wolves hockey team. Brian Floriani, the founder of Bernie’s Book Bank, is a longtime friend of the company and many of its employees. He maintains that “reading is the single most important skill a child needs in order to contribute and function competently within our society.”
From left are Rose Pest Solutions’ Howard Sipe and Erin Anthony, Oscar Dansk of the Chicago Wolves, and Janelle Iaccino.
A Wolves staff member drops off a children’s book during a 2019 hockey game.
The Rose Pest Solutions team presents a check donation to Bernie’s Book Bank on behalf of its partnership with Northwestern University Athletics.
Rose Pest Solutions traces its roots to Pest Management Professional (PMP) Hall of Famer Solomon Rose (Class of 2001), who founded a company in 1860 that lives on today in separate flourishing firms in St. Louis, Mo.; Troy, Mich.; and Northfield, Ill. Bob and Judy Dold, who have overseen the Illinois operations for decades, also are PMP Hall of Famers (Class of 2002) in recognition of the work they’ve done on behalf of the industry and their community. Check out a comprehensive timeline of the company on its website.
IACCINO is marketing director of Rose Pest Solutions, Northfield, Ill. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.