Annual SPS employee appreciation BBQ serves up more than food and fun

by | Aug 16, 2019

On August 14th, SPS Commerce hosted our annual employee appreciation BBQ on the lawn of the SPS Tower Turf Club.

As is customary, our SPS executive leadership team served up a bountiful array of delicious picnic favorites to our #TeamSPS employees.

Brandon Pierre and others serve food at the employee appreciation BBQ

A mixture of employee appreciation, charity, and celebration

The annual BBQ picnic is an extension of another summer event, the annual SPS Commerce Brew-Off, an employee-based, fundraising micro-brewing event which raises funds for the purchase of backpacks and school supplies for local children’s organizations.

#TeamSPS'ers packing backpacks full of school supplies for the employee appreciation BBQ

A portion of the backpacks was also allocated for distribution at public schools in the area. We’re thrilled to say that this year’s brew off more than doubled what was raised last year, $11,010 – equaling 1,195 backpacks, more than increasing our 2018 numbers.

Great food and fellowship in an atmosphere of giving

We couldn’t have asked for a better summer day to celebrate our employees and our spirit of giving back.

#TeamSPS Packing backpacks at the SPS Commerce employee appreciation BB@

A primary component of this BBQ event includes the stuffing of backpacks with school supplies for children in need. Each employee fills a backpack with the essentials a child would need for the first day of school.

School supplies for stuffing into backbacks at the SPS employee appreciation BBQ

Filled backpacks are then donated to Way to Grow and Pillsbury United Communities community centers and charter schools for underserved communities in the Twin Cities area.

We value our amazing SPS employees

Our success is a direct result of our team members and we are grateful for their involvement and support. We hope to continue to expand participation each year!

SPS COO Jim Frome and others serving up food at the SPS employee appreciation BBQ

SPS encourages volunteerism and philanthropy at a variety of levels among our employees, and we value what #TeamSPS brings to our organization every day. It’s why we strive to deliver a challenging yet rewarding workplace where our employees feel engaged, inspired, and motivated.

SPS CEO Archie Black serving up food at the employee appreciation BBQ

Thanks again to all who participated in making this year’s employee appreciation event a success. SPS looks forward to continued engagement with the downtown Minneapolis community and beyond.

To learn more about SPS Commerce and the #TeamSPS culture, see our website for details.

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Michele Kamenar

Brand Communications Content Strategist at SPS Commerce
Michele Kamenar is a brand communications strategist for the SPS Commerce marketing team. She is responsible for building and maintaining relationships that promote the SPS brand through messaging, creative storytelling and thought leadership content that highlights e-commerce strategies and topics related to retail supply chain optimization.
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