When the 20,000 votes were tallied, Waggies by Maggie and Friends was the runaway favorite in M&T Bank’s first-ever “Understanding What’s Important Challenge.” The regional contest included large nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York.
But is was Delaware’s handmade dog treat company that employs adults with intellectual disabilities that earned 53% of the vote and the $10,000 grand prize on November 28th.
When M&T Bank kicked off their campaign this fall, the company received nearly 500 submissions of nonprofit organizations that are making a difference in our community. Janssens Market, which carries the dog treats, nominated Waggies by Maggie and Friends.
After narrowing down the list to five finalists, M&T invited the public to cast votes to help determine the winning organization, and votes were cast throughout November. “We are humbled to have been chosen as the winner,” said Waggies Administrator Susan Brown. Waggies hopes to use the prize money to purchase a commercial fan for their kitchen at Elks Lodge and to support staff growth.
“The credit for our good fortune belongs to Janssens Market, who has mentored and supported Waggies since day one,” said Mary Ann Nolan, president of Waggies. “Eileen, Joe and Paula Janssen are the heart of an outstanding local business that gives time and expertise to fledglings like Waggles.”
TSD joined Waggies at their 10th anniversary celebration earlier this month.
“We launched the Understanding What’s Important Business Challenge to celebrate the community impact of local businesses, and we are so pleased to congratulate Waggies by Maggie & Friends,” said Nick Lambrow, M&T president for the Delaware area.
The remaining four finalists each received a $1,000 gift from MK&T Bank.
Benedictine Health Foundation of NY
Community Helping Hands of NY
LifePath Christian Ministries of PA
There Goes My Hero Inc. of MD
Nolan credits a growing circle of supporters for the organization’s continued success. “A lot of people don’t realize that the & Friends in our name reflects the remarkable support and countless acts of kindness given by our ever-expanding circle of friends.”