FIVE BELOW A partner since the first Eagles Autism Challenge, Five Below has a mission to give back to its local Philadelphia community and to better the lives of children and families, allowing children to simply have fun and be kids. “It’s this shared mission of Five Below and Eagles Autism Foundation that has made the partnership such a success from the start and helps it continue to be so impactful year after year”, said Michael Romanko, Five Below’s Chief Merchandising Officer. In addition to financial and in-kind support from the organization, Five Below empowers its incredible team of in-store associates, which the company refers to as its “Wow Crew,” and customers to make a difference. Believing that it begins with education, information on Eagles Autism Foundation is provided to customers as soon as they enter the store and throughout their shopping journey – from browsing to checkout – to ensure they feel connected to the cause and understand its importance. Through the round-up program, customers have the opportunity to make a difference at checkout – either with an associate or at a self-checkout counter. Five Below feels that the power is truly in the ask, allowing the generosity of its customers to aid in the success of the partnership. In-store fundraising efforts allow for a deeper connection both with customers and Wow Crew members who have direct connections to autism (the fastest growing developmental disability), while inspiring conversations around neurodiversity. The launch of its matching gift challenge in 2021 allowed Five Below to more than double the funds donated when compared to the year prior and ensures that customers “can feel proud and confident knowing that their donations are going directly to support children and their families affected by autism, ensuring it truly makes an impact,” noted Romanko.
BRICKFEST LIVE! In 2019 Brick Fest Live donated an installation in the sensory room at Lincoln Financial Field. Since then, a portion of ticket price from the Philadelphia event of the National touring LEGO® show has been donated to Eagles Autism Foundation, with founder Chad Collins presenting a $25,000 check from the 2021 event.
EAF families participated in the first virtual Brick Fest Live event.
2021 Eagles Autism Foundation
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