EY announced that President, Cris Burnam of StorageMart, a privately-held self storage company in the U.S. and Canada, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the Services & Real Estate category in the Central Midwest. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Burnam was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Sheraton Overland Park hotel on June 19.
“It’s an honor to receive this award and a testament to the talented and dedicated people working beside me. I’ve been fortunate to work closely with my brothers and sister and learn from my mentor, my dad, Gordon Burnam” says, Cris Burnam, who continues, “My hope is that being recognized for achievement as an entrepreneur reminds others in the trenches that ‘it is the courage to continue that counts’.”
Have you ever wanted to donate to a worthy cause but don’t have the money? Facebook users can help fund innovative cancer research by hitting the “like” button on the US Storage Centers Facebook page. For the first 5,000 people who do, US Storage Centers will add another dollar to their already generous monthly contribution to Kure It, a non-profit that funds grants for promising cancer research. Since inception, Kure It has raised over $2.5 million dollars, much of it as a result of self storage industry fundraising.
In 2007, Kure It founder and US Storage Centers Chairman Barry Hoeven set out to raise $1 million a year for cancer research. Since then, many others in the self storage industry have joined in the fight for a “kure” by creating tailored fundraising campaigns or supporting Kure It events.
Jason Lopez, Director of Marketing for US Storage Centers, stated, “As a company, we try to incorporate Kure It fundraising into everything we do, so when we launched a social media outreach campaign, we knew this was a great opportunity for giving back”.
Here's hoping US Storage Centers gets lots of Facebook engagement, and Kure It gets lots of one dollar donations.
Inching ever closer to founder Barry Hoeven's goal of raising $1 million a year for underfunded cancer research, Kure It ended 2013 by passing the $2.5 million mark in funds raised. After reaching the first million in October 2011, the second million came in late August 2013. "It took four years to reach our first million, less than two years to get the second, and in four short months, we are already halfway to the third million. We are excited for what this means - more frequent grants for research into underrepresented cancers," said Hoeven.
A big reason for the recent acceleration in fundraising is the newly-created Rivals United for a Kure campaign, which brings together the football fan communities of USC and UCLA to raise funds for research at each school's cancer center. The Spring of 2013 saw the awarding of $150,000 each to USC Norris and UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centers, with an additional $150,000 expected to be awarded to each school in 2014.
The national self storage industry continues to play a key role in Kure It's success, with support coming from owner/operators, vendors, and tenants alike. Please visit our Partners tab to view some of the many companies and individuals who are committed to Kure It's mission of finding new treatments and "kures" for underfunded cancers.
Normally they battle it out on the football field, true to their historic rivalry, but on this night, Trojans and Bruins got together to further a cause they can all fight for – the war against cancer.
On September 12, 2013, the Port Theatre hosted UCLA and USC alumni for an exclusive screening of A City Divided, Emmy Award-winner Jack Baric’s documentary highlighting the 80+ year-old rivalry between the football teams of the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. Trojan and Bruin rivals buried the hatchet for the night with a little help from Newport Rib Company, El Cholo Restaurant, Bluewater Grill, and Peligroso Spirits.
The film screening was a warmup for the spectacular Rivals United for a Kure gala, held during rivalry game week on Monday, November 25, 2013. The second annual event will honor iconic coaches John Robinson from USC and Terry Donahue from UCLA. The event accomplishes something both teams can be proud of - fighting cancer. Hosted by Kure It, a non-profit dedicated to raising money to fund cancer research, last year’s inaugural event raised three hundred thousand dollars, which was awarded to innovative research projects at the Comprehensive Cancer Centers of UCLA and USC.
Photos courtesy of Danny Mendoza.
Our most anticipated self storage fundraiser of the year did not disappoint! On Thursday, July 18th Kure It joined forces with self storage's finest professionals, in a fun and relaxing environment.
Immediately following the California Self Storage Association’s 9th Annual Self Storage Owners Summit, the event began with an electric boat cruise around Newport Bay, with five stops to draw poker cards. Boats were sponsored by self storage owners and vendors, with each boat flying the flag of its sponsor. Once the boats returned from the cruise, guests enjoyed cocktails and food stations, networking with others in the industry, and an opportunity drawing.
A hearty congratulations to the boat with the best poker hand - for the second year in a row - OpenTech Alliance/USStorageSearch.com went home with trophies, a prize package, and bragging rights for 2013. Thanks to our sponsors and donors, the event raised $35,000 for cancer research.
Please visit our Facebook page to view pictures taken at the event.
Photos by Danny Mendoza: www.danny-mendoza.com
On Saturday, August 18th the Newport Sports Museum hosted the 4th Annual USC 901 Club Reunion. The event benefited Kure It Cancer Research, a non-profit organization founded by USC Alum and cancer survivor Barry Hoeven, to raise funds for innovative cancer research. This year's event gave light to the incredible support Kure It continues to receive from the USC community.
USC alumni and friends who participated in the evening's festivities enjoyed a surprise appearance from WeAreSC.com blogger Garry Paskweitz, who joined Trojan football radio announcer Pete Arbogast in a lively discussion about the upcoming season. The live auction was especially entertaining, as it was hosted by Dan Dotson from the hit television show Storage Wars on A&E. Among the items for auction were a week-long stay in Hawaii and a one of a kind golf package donated by Bob Vokey from Titleist. Vokey, a kidney cancer survivor, generously offered this unique item last year as well – raising close to $5,300 for Kure It. The evening concluded with the much anticipated Trojan band performance and playing of the victory march, "Conquest". In USC tradition, guests rose to their feet and displayed the familiar "V" for victory sign.
To date, Kure It has raised over $200,000 through the 901 Club Reunion. Kure It has also received support from other Trojan centered events, including a USC Phi Kappa Psi Golf Tournament earlier in the year which raised $7,000 for cancer research.
For pictures and highlights of the evening please click HERE
Photos courtesy of Danny Mendoza