Typically, the holiday season is a time of joy and merriment. It is a time to reflect on the year, to give thanks, to overindulge in sweets, and to share with friends and family. This holiday season for Helsell Fetterman and Riddell Williams, however, was the perfect time for a friendly competition.
From November 19 to December 5, Helsell and Riddell engaged in an inter-firm competition to collect new and gently used women's, men's and children's coats, and gloves, hats and scarves to benefit local organizations Mary's Place and the YWCA Angeline's Center. Both located in downtown Seattle, Mary's Place and Angeline's Center provide hot meals, showers, clothing, laundry, and other services to help women and children work to achieve independence. With winter fast approaching, both firms were eager to help - and to win.
The competition was scored on a point system: one point for each coat or jacket, and a half point for each hat, scarf or gloves, and pocket hand warmers. The competition was fierce and even created a bit of intra-office competition.
At Helsell, one attorney auctioned off a brand new coat she purchased for herself, but could not use. Proceeds from the winning bid were donated to purchase new coats and warm accessories. The bidding was fierce, with emails flying back-and-forth all morning. Finally, at noon, a winner was announced. In the spirit of giving (and competition!), other Helsell attorneys made matching contributions to help fund the purchase of additional goods.
At the end of the competition, when the final tallies were made, the firms had jointly collected almost 200 coats and jackets; more than 150 hats, scarves and gloves; and more than 75 pocket hand warmers. While Helsell won the coveted bragging rights, the real winners of the competition were those at Mary's Place and Angeline's Center, whose holiday season was made a little bit warmer.