Light the Night & the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

September 07, 2017

On the evening of October 7th, Carrington Associates from our Westfield, IN, location will be taking part in an important and powerful charity event called Light the Night, founded by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The Indianapolis event starts with a fundraiser to help bring in donations to support cancer treatments and research. The fundraising leads into a unique nighttime event where survivors, donors and supporters gather across the United States and Canada for an evening walk, with everyone carrying lanterns signifying the desire to bring light to the darkness of cancer. For the first time ever, CCF has become a sponsor for Light the Night in Indianapolis – and it’s because of the passion of our Westfield office that CCF was inspired to participate.

The invitation and inspiration to get involved came from Rob Petruska, the Vice President of the Retail Lending Division. As one of the early employees at the Westfield office – he came on board in July 2007 – Rob has been passionate about Carrington’s connection to the community, and wanted to help the company make a difference in the Indianapolis area. But there was also a personal reason why Rob hoped Carrington and CCF would support Light the Night. In addition to knowing numerous people who have been affected by leukemia, Rob’s son Ross was diagnosed with large t-cell lymphoma. After attending last year’s Light the Night event with his wife, Ross and Ross’ girlfriend, Rob says he was driven to encourage Carrington and CCF to become a bigger part of the event.

“It’s a 1.5 mile walk, and there are 800 people in the building, so I figured it would be a cool way for Carrington to represent,” Rob said. “This is a great event for mass participation. You come in shorts and a t-shirt, arrive in downtown Indianapolis, carry lanterns and just have a ball.”

CCF was so moved by Rob’s passion and personal experiences with the charity, we became a title sponsor, donating $25,000 to the event. Not only will CCF and Carrington Mortgage Services co-host a booth at the event, we’ll be spearheading a massive fundraiser through the end of September. The Westfield office is participating in a Servicing versus Lending contest, competing to see who can raise the most funds for the LLS. And whichever team raises the most gets the joy of seeing either Rob, who represents Lending, or his colleague Kirk Gerling, SVP of Customer Contact, who represents Servicing, give a pie in the face to the losing team.

You can get involved with Light the Night by pledging donations through the Carrington Mortgage Services Team Page here. But if you want to participate in the event in your local community, you can find one by visiting the LLS Light the Night website here.

Meanwhile, associates in our Orange County offices are participating in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, October 14th at California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, CA. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's, and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.

Some of our associates have created a team to participate in the walk, and have put up a page for other Associates to take part, either by donating funds or doing the walk itself. Donate to or join the Carrington team here.

Recently, CCF’s Board of Directors announced their plans to support fundraising efforts for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s by matching donations on the team page up to $2,500. “We encourage everyone to sign up and walk, and help support Carrington Associates in their quest to support Alzheimer’s research!” says Shelly Lawrence, Executive Director of Community Relations for the Carrington Charitable Foundation.

We’re proud to be a part of these special events, and that we can make a difference for people who have been touched by leukemia, lymphoma or Alzheimer’s.