To Be Good, Do Good

SYF Board member Sandra Cath with her husband, David Contis,
President, Simon Malls.

David Contis is not an easy man to pin down.

Contis, President, Simon Malls, has been the Executive Chair of Simon Youth Foundation’s annual Employee Contribution Campaign for the last four years. In that time, employee donations to SYF have nearly doubled, this year topping $528,000.

A few months ago, we set out to thank David with a small token of appreciation: a framed saying that his mother has always reminded him. “Do good to be good.”

It took us months to find the right time to formally present David with the gift. It took SYF Board member Sandra Cath, David’s wife, to convince him to attend a reception for our new board members.We used that opportunity to present him with a special gift capturing a special quote in his life.

This small ceremony wrapped up a month of appreciation for us at SYF. Earlier in the month, hundreds of Simon employees from around the country came to Indianapolis for the Simon Annual Meeting.

SYF always looks forward to these company-wide meetings, as it gives us an opportunity to thank individual employees from all Simon properties for the things they do every day to help change students’ lives.

For us, the biggest opportunity to thank the employees came at the SYF Appreciation luncheon. We turned the Grand Ballroom at the JW Marriott hotel orange, and told those in attendance how much their commitment of time, energy, and money, how they are making a difference.

SYF Appreciation Luncheon guests had thank you notes
signed by Academy students at their tables.

This year, Simon malls — through events, wishing wells, collecting donations at Guest Services, and more — contributed more than $2 million to the Simon Youth Foundation, allowing us to continue reaching at-risk youth at our 22 Simon Youth Academies and through our Simon Youth Scholarship program.

Search the hashtag #THANKYOUSIMON on Facebook and Twitter to see some of the amazing ways Simon employees helped this year, and see more photos of their contributions by visiting our #THANKYOUSIMON flickr page.

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