The Benefits of Giving Back with RDO Caters Taters Sponsor, Bell Bank

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Did you know giving back may improve your heart health? According to an experimental trial from the University of British Columbia, teen participants who volunteered and reported boosts in altruism were the group most likely to have the greatest decreases in cardiovascular risk over time. While there are plenty of benefits to giving back, the RDO Caters Taters team would likely agree that just about everyone who participates in the event does it, not for the heart-healthy benefits, but because giving back often comes from the heart. That message also rings true with the companies that are often behind the scenes of the event, particularly its sponsors. Bell Bank Many of the companies that support RDO Caters Taters year after year do so from afar. However, there are several supporters headquartered right here in the Fargo-Moorhead community. Bell Bank is one of those longtime local supporters, with team members doing everything from volunteering to attending to organizing several Take Out orders each year. “It uplifts the employees taking part and is something we look forward to every year,” Julie Peterson Klein, Executive Vice President and Chief Culture Officer said. “And knowing it is for a local charity just makes it even better.” It is safe to say Bell comes for the food – “Who doesn’t love those baked potatoes with all the fixings?!” Julie says – but stays for the giving back component. That is because giving back is important to the company, woven into its culture, even being a company core value. The Bell family has a special take on this important core value: Giving back by paying it forward in the communities we serve. Julie explains that the community and customers are responsible for the success of Bell and the team shares in the success they are blessed with by giving back. The company has even gone so far as to create a Pay It Forward program. This unique initiative has several components, one is giving employees money each year to donate to people and causes they care about. There are so many stories of Bell team members doing remarkable things with their Pay it Forward dollars. One favorite involved a service dog named Dajmon and a little girl named Emily. Doing the Right Thing At just 6 months old, Emily developed a rare disease that paralyzed her from the neck down. Knowing she would require assistance with mobility and need for comfort to deal with nerve pain, her family looked into the possibility of a mobility service dog. The expense was significant so the family set up a Go Fund Me account. Upon hearing about the story and need, a Bell team member who knew the family rallied his coworkers to pool their Pay it Forward dollars. In one day, they had enough money to help unite Emily with her serivce dog and, according to Emily’s mother, “her spirit animal,” Dajmon. Making an Impact The Bell Bank team looks forward to another chance to “pay it forward” by participating in RDO Caters Taters and supporting a charity near and dear to them, BIO Girls. “We love this great charity,” Julie said. “This past year, Bell Bank supported the BIO Girls Be Kind Run. Also, many employees have daughters who have taken part in BIO Girls.” Bell’s Pay it Forward initiative is just one more example that proves giving back does more than supports a healthy heart. Giving back truly comes from the heart. Learn more about Bell Bank by visiting its website. -- Join us for RDO Caters Taters for Charity, Tuesday, November 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Fargo. 100 percent of proceeds benefit BIO Girls. Interested in sponsorship? Find out more about the benefits sponsors receive for their generous support of RDO Caters Taters for Charity by visiting our Support page.

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