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Ignited 2020 | CMB Lights the Night

Posted by Clairese Boser

Wed, Nov 25, 2020

LTN Blog Opener Nov 2020After successfully transitioning to a completely virtual workforce earlier this year, CMB was faced with a new challenge this Fall: how to virtually raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Annual Light the Night (LTN) Walk. Since 2008, LTN has been an integral part of the CMB community, with several in-person fundraising activities we look forward to year over year.

Now that we were all working from home, how could we maintain this important tradition and meet our fundraising goal?

Our LTN core team has always been made up of our Boston-based employees, but this year there were no barriers for a full-time remote employee to participate (me!). Since joining CMB two and a half years ago, I had been looking for an opportunity to become more actively involved in CMB’s community, despite the 700+ mile distance between myself and the office. When I heard about our 2020 LTN goal, I jumped at the chance to not only help transition the events to a virtual format this year, but to also build a baseline for how we can continue to involve remote CMBers for years to come.  

After several brainstorming sessions and input from other CMBers, we successfully re-imagined our usual slate of events:

  • BBQ: Initially, the fundraising team didn’t think that it’d be possible to host our annual BBQ luncheon, which is perhaps CMB’s favorite event of the year. But in the CMB spirit, we refused to miss out on award-winning BBQ from our very own CMB pit master, Jared. It was all hands-on deck, and thanks to everyone’s feedback at CMB, we figured out a way to distribute Jared’s BBQ safety and efficiently. Orders were placed, 83 pounds of brisket and 60 pounds of pork butt were smoked, deliveries were coordinated, and a team of volunteers (masked and gloved) met up in a parking lot to pick up and deliver orders throughout the Boston area. It’s safe to say we made a lot of CMBers—and their families—happy and full.

LTN BBQ Gallery Photos 2020

  • AUCTION: Another fan favorite: our annual live auction, with items donated by our coworkers. Fortunately, it was easier to conduct our first-ever online auction since nonprofits have been leveraging online auction fundraising tools for years. In total, 53 items were donated by our teammates– just a few examples are a Zoom Santa visit, chocolate babka, biscotti, homemade Ruth Bader Ginsburg dolls, knit hats and scarves, virtual bread baking class, and a sake gift basket. While we had fewer items up for grabs than in 2019, we still raised close to same amount! As a bonus, the online platform made for some intense (but friendly) bidding wars – and some of us may have spent our lunch breaks coming up with a plan of attacks for the items at the top of our list.

Live Auction

  • SOCIAL COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES: In past years, the CMB Social Committee has run a variety of in-person events, such as bake sales, soda & candy sales, board game tournaments, and paint nights. Despite obvious challenges, the team pivoted to virtual with ease, running a step challenge, an online board game tournament, fantasy football, and a “Two Truths and a Lie” game.

2 Truths and a Lie

Never underestimate the power of community! While we will no doubt go back to some in-person events after we return to “normal” (whenever that is), we absolutely plan to include several virtual fundraising events in the future to ensure the growing number of full-time remote employees at our company are able to participate. Through this year’s LTN fundraising efforts, we ignited our community and expanded the ways our workforce can engage with and participate in our culture more inclusively. I am proud to announce that despite the limitations this year, we exceeded our $10,000 goal, raising a total of $12,506 completely virtually!

Please join our support of LTN here.

Clairese BoserClairese Boser is a Sr. Project Manager at CMB, based out of her home in Southeast Michigan, and is a proud member of the 2020 Light the Night CMB team.

Other members who contributed to this year's success include: Ashley Harrington, Athena Rodriguez, Adrianne Economu, Jared Huizenga, Cameron Miller, Blair Bailey, Hannah Russell, Lauren Sears, Daniel Alderstad, Saya Higano, and more. 

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Topics: Light the Night,, Community Involvement, CMB Social Committee, CMB Culture

Team CMB Lights the Night for Cancer Research with Annual BBQ + Auction

Posted by Catherine Shannon

Fri, Oct 05, 2018

When I was diagnosed with cancer, one of my friends told me, “Cancer is a team sport and you are taking one for the team.” It’s true, cancer is a team sport.

My team of family and friends supported me through my battle with cancer.

So did the team of doctors, nurses, radiologists, surgeons and many others who worked relentlessly to provide care.

Even my colleagues became teammates when they pledged to raise money for Light the Night to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society the year I was diagnosed.

Ten years later, even though I’m cancer-free, I’m still a member of this team. We all are. Since 2008, CMB has continued to support Light the Night through various fundraising events, like trivia nights, cornhole tournaments, and other fun events.

Earlier this week, we hosted our biggest fundraising event, the annual CMB Light the Night BBQ + Silent Auction.

Each year, Jared, CMB's Field Services Director by day, award-winning pitmaster by night, assembles an incredible barbecue menu while CMBers can peruse and bid on silent auction items.

Group with Jared

Since 2008, CMB has raised over $100,000 for Light the Night!

Group eating

Funds raised from Light the Night directly support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)—the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Many of the advances made in blood cancer research can be used to treat other types of cancer—broadening the impact of our fundraising efforts.

I learned the power of teamwork through my battle with cancer. My family, friends, colleagues, doctors, nurses, and many others stepped up to join the fight with me.

In a couple of weeks, our team will show up for the eleventh time and stand next to survivors, patients, advocates, and family and friends, at the annual Light the Night Walk in downtown Boston. It’s a powerful night of hope, love, and support as thousands of lanterns literally light the night sky as a single unit—a team.

If you’d like to join us in the fight against cancer and be someone else’s teammate, please consider donating to the CMB Light the Night team here or meet us on Wednesday, October 17th at 5PM on the Boston Common.

Donate Now

Catherine is CMB’s Director of Finance and a two-time cancer survivor who will be stepping up with her CMB teammates at Light the Night on October 17.

Topics: Light the Night,, Community Involvement

CMB's Advanced Analytics Team Receives Children's Trust Partnership Award

Posted by Megan McManaman

Wed, Nov 01, 2017


We're proud to announce that CMB’s VP of Advanced Analytics, Dr. Jay Weiner and Senior Analyst, Liz White, were honored with the Children’s Trust’s Partnership Award. Presented annually, the award recognizes the organizations and people whose work directly impact the organization's mission–stopping child abuse.

Jay and Liz were recognized for their work helping the Children’s Trust identify the messaging that resonated with potential donors and program users. Through two studies leveraging CMB’s emotional impact analysis—EMPACT, Max Diff Scaling, concept testing, self-explicated conjoint, and a highlighter exercise, the CMB team the Children's Trust identify the most appealing and compelling messaging.

“There is no one more deserving of this award than the team at CMB,” said Children’s Trust’s Executive Director, Suzin Bartley. “The messaging guidance CMB provided has been invaluable in helping us realize our mission to prevent child abuse in Massachusetts.”

Giving back to our community is part of our DNA of CMB and we’re honored to support the Children’s Trust’s mission to stop child abuse in Massachusetts. Click here to learn more about how the Children’s Trust provides families with programs and services to help them build the skills and confidence they need to make sure kids have safe and healthy childhoods.

From partnering with the Children’s Trust and volunteering at Boston’s St. Francis House to participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light the Night walk, we have a longstanding commitment to serving our community. Learn more about CMB in the community here.



Topics: advanced analytics, predictive analytics, Community Involvement