This week our team was proud to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to Strike Out ALS! You can watch our video here: http://youtu.be/BZ-0lJEDJHM.
Since 2010, Greene has been an corporate sponsor of the annual Triangle Walk to Defeat ALS in memory of a special lady, Shirley Marshall. I had the opportunity to share the story of Greene’s involvement with ALS at last year’s Triangle Walk to Defeat ALS Kick Off Party.
Shirley Currie Marshall was a remarkable lady born in Red Springs, NC on December 3, 1938. She was a single mother of 5 children and she sacrificed much of her life for the well-being of her kids, always striving to ensure the happiness and success of each of them. If her son Hunter needed help in his programming class in college, she would drive five hours to sit down with him and teach him programming. As a single parent she made time to do things like this for all five of her children. She worked in IT for the State of NC. She loved to read, write poetry, play Bridge, and travel internationally.
I started a recruiting firm, Greene Resources, on January 1, 2000. Thirty-two days later, on February 2nd, Shirley Marshall was diagnosed with ALS. She passed away two years later at age 63 on March 21, 2002.
Shirley’s family knew very little about the disease at that time and I knew very little about Shirley.
In 2004 I hired Shirley’s daughter-in-law Cherié Marshall who is now my business partner and COO of Greene Resources. In 2010 we hired Hunter Marshall, Shirley’s son and Cherie’s husband, as the IT Project Manager for Greene Resources. And THAT is the year that Greene Resources became involved with the local chapter of the ALS Association.
Hunter and his family have been involved with the local ALS chapter since 2000 when Shirley Marshall was first diagnosed. After researching the disease, they had the opportunity to meet Jerry Dawson and June Thompson and learn more about the local ALS Chapter. In October of 2000, the family formed the team “Shirley’s Samaritans” and have continued to walk each year for the last 14 years supporting the fight for a cure.
At Greene Resources, I certainly hope we get the message across that we aren’t just about recruiting and filling positions. While this is something that we are good at, our team is about so much more. We’re about making a difference in the lives of employees, in the lives of customers, and in the life of the community overall. In order to do that you have to have the passion to make a difference. That’s why we formed a philanthropy committee at Greene that rotates every year in order to make sure that our company dedicates time and resources to activities that are close to the heart of the Greene Team members.
It is because of a special lady, Shirley Marshall, and two very special people, Cherié and Hunter Marshall that supporting the local ALS chapter has become very close to the heart of Greene Resources.
In honor of Shirley Marshall and Shirley’s Samaritans our team took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, made an additional donation to The ALS Association – Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter. We also challenged the wonderful employees at The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Expedite Group, Hirease, erecruit, and the Greene Resources team in Wilmington to do the same.
We also invite everyone to join our team for the 2015 Triangle Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday, April 4th!
If you would like to make a donation to the Triangle ALS Chapter you can do so here:
For more information about the 2015 Triangle Walk to Defeat ALS click here:
Contact Information for The ALS Association Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter:
Senior Development Coordinator