Announcing 2015 Playworks Award Winners

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Playworks Reveals Salesforce as the 2015 Inspiring Leadership Award Winner and other award recipients.

Salesforce, the Customer Success Platform and world’s number one CRM company, has been selected as the recipient for the 2015 Inspiring Leadership Award, for exemplifying the qualities that Playworks develops in young people across the country. The annual award recognizes a corporation that energizes the workplace, brings a playful and collaborative style to the pursuit of serious business goals, and inspires others through respectful leadership, teamwork, empathy, and fairness.

Salesforce pioneered a new model for corporate philanthropy with its 1-1-1 model, which donates one percent of the company’s product, equity and time to improve communities around the world. Since 2010 in San Francisco alone, Salesforce has engaged in 121 projects, deploying 2,590 volunteers for 9,959 volunteer hours with Playworks. Salesforce as well as other distinguished individuals will be honored at Get in the Game, a benefit for Playworks, on May 15, 2015 at 6 p.m. at San Francisco’s City View at Metreon.

“At Salesforce, we’re committed to improving the communities where we live and work,” said Mark Hawkins, EVP and chief financial officer, Salesforce, accepting the award on Salesforce’s behalf. “We’re proud to be a longtime partner of Playworks and honored to accept the 2015 Inspiring Leadership Award.”

“It’s a distinct honor to pay tribute to Salesforce by awarding the corporation with Playworks’ highest honor,” says Playworks Founder and CEO Jill Vialet. “We’re proud to recognize Salesforce as an industry leader for inspiring a stronger relationship between business and community.” Past awardees include University of California San Francisco Medical Center, New Balance, Electronic Arts, Cartoon Network, and LiveOpps.

Playworks is also honoring individuals for their commitment to using the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. The Most Valuable Principal Award is being presented to Lucia Raz, principal of Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona, for going above and beyond to ensure her school allows time and space for play. The Rookie of the Year Award is being presented to Nate Haddad, first-year Playworks coach at Thomas J. Kenny School in Dorchester, Massachusetts, for exemplifying service and the power of play.

Playworks gratefully acknowledges the generosity of lead sponsors, Kaiser Permanente and Hewlett Packard, and also thanks our national sponsors, Mattel and New Balance Foundation.

 

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