Playworks Announces Salesforce as the 2015 Inspiring Leadership Award Winner

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San Francisco, CA—May 12, 2015—Playworks announced today that Salesforce, the Customer Success Platform and world’s #1 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. In San Francisco, Salesforce has engaged in 121 projects, deploying 2,590 volunteers for 9,959 volunteer hours with Playworks in the last five years. Salesforce 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.”

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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About Playworks:

Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s physical and emotional health. Playworks currently serves more than 900 schools in 23 U.S. cities, and reaches more than half of a million students directly and through professional training services.

 

Contact:

Mindy Maschmeyer, Director of Marketing Communications at Playworks at 510.250.7804 or mindy.maschmeyer@playworks.org

 

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