Gary Pyott, President of the Property Management Division for the Continental Group, is a perfect example of Continental’s enthusiastic support of nonprofits in communities throughout the state. Continental realizes the importance of using its resources to help worthy causes near and dear to the hearts of the homeowners and families it serves, as well as those of its own employees. Company representatives talk to Board Members and residents of Continental communities statewide to find out what really matters to them, what causes they fight for and how they can help. They then do what they do best; they encourage their exemplary employees to get to work and make a difference. Continental Cares is an employee- led and powered initiative.
In 2009, Board President Fern Duberman asked Gary if Continental would become a sponsor of the Annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon benefiting the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. Fern is the chairperson for the luncheon and explained that Susan G. Komen “is dedicated to combating breast cancer at every front”. She informed Gary that up to 75% of the Affiliate’s net income goes toward funding grants for local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically underserved women. It also supports the national Komen Grants Program, which funds breast cancer research and educational and scientific programs around the world.
Upon joining the committee, Gary learned that breast cancer affects everyone; be the family members, friends or coworkers, with no bias regarding gender, ethnicity or age. Programs supported by the luncheon had reached over 1.2 million people to date in the South Florida region.
As Gary’s commitment to the cause grew, so did his involvement. In 2011, he became co-chair of the luncheon and committed Continental to a Gold Sponsorship. As co-chair, Gary is diligently working to encourage other large companies to sponsor the luncheon. His dedication increases yearly as he learns about the devastating impact that breast cancer has on families. Gary believes “that giving back to the community is not an obligation but a privilege.”
The 7th Annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon will take place at the Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton on October 17th. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. For more information, call Gary at 561-989-5086 or visit Susan G. Komen for the Cure at www.komensouthflorida.org.