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Collectors Challenge 2019: Getting Creative for a Good Cause
Members raise more than $27,000 to support the ACA International Education Foundation.
By Katy Zillmer

C

ooking contests, raffles, relay races
and golf competitions dominated
members' fundraising efforts in
the 2019 Collectors Challenge, which
supports the ACA International Education
Foundation (ACAEF) Loomer-Mortenson
Scholarship Program.
"Participation in Collectors Challenge
helps an industry employee or dependent
offset the cost of higher education," said
Harry Strausser, education and membership
development director. "The foundation
awards $50,000 annually through the
Loomer-Mortenson Scholarship Program."
Collectors Challenge Month, held each
year in April, is an opportunity for association
members to participate in fun events with
their co-workers while promoting the value of
the accounts receivable management industry
in their communities.
Building on fundraisers from 2018, ACA
staff completed a book drive in April and
collected donations to plant trees. ACA
will split the proceeds with the Loomer-

The winners of Helvey & Associates' candy guessing contest.

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Mortenson Scholarship Program and
The Canopy Project. Staff members also
signed up for a volunteer day with Feed My
Starving Children.
The team at Gulf Coast Collection
Bureau in Sarasota, Florida, held a drive,
chip and putt golf contest, a cooking contest
at a local country club and a "kick plastic
initiative," challenging staff to switch to
reusable water bottles in exchange for
company donations.
The events were designed to support the
ACAEF while building team camaraderie,
said Laura Frechette, Esq., chief compliance
officer, who planned the activities with
collection manager Stacey Johnston. Gulf
Coast Collection Bureau ultimately raised
more than $1,000.
Fineman Krekstein and Harris P.C. in
Philadelphia encouraged members of the
firm to submit their favorite recipe for a
Dessert Challenge Fundraiser in April. The
firm raised $500 through staff donations
to taste and judge their colleagues' recipes,

which included "billion-dollar bars,"
chocolate lasagna and mini cheesecakes,
which tied in the contest.
ConServe chose to donate proceeds from
its Jeans for Charity Program in conjunction
with Financial Literacy Month in April.
Other ACA members participating in
Collectors Challenge relied on some friendly
competition to fuel their fundraising
activities. For example, Helvey & Associates
planned relay races with eggs, a sack race and
candy guessing competition, said Gary Gross,
human resources and compliance manager.
At American Profit Recovery, staff
organized March Madness brackets, casual
dress days throughout the month and a puttto-win golf contest, raising a total of $1,415
for the ACAEF.
Optio Solutions held a new activity this
year: a pancake breakfast cooked and served
by senior management, in addition to its
regular bake sales, dress-down days and
raffles for priority parking spaces at the
Petaluma, California-based company.

Optio Solutions' Shane Miller cooks pancakes for
a Collectors Challenge fundraiser.

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Collector – July 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Collector – July 2019

Upfront
Industry News
Best Practices
FYI
Collection Tips
What you need to know about the CFPB’s proposed new rule for the debt collection industry
“I don’t know about you, but I’ve literally never received a telegram and wouldn’t even know how to send one.”
Celebrating 80 Years of Helping Members Succeed
How Does ACA Help Members Succeed?
A History of Advocacy
8 Decades of ACA’s Annual Convention
Calendar
Honor Roll
Education Spotlight
Tell It Like It Is: Washington Hears From ACA Members
Collectors Challenge 2019: Getting Creative for a Good Cause
Balance it Out
Balance Billing Challenges Continue
It’s All About You: Helping Members Succeed
Sandbox Rules
What is a Product Sandbox?
in 11th Circuit Case Examining What Constitutes an ATDS
ACA SearchPoint
Ad Index
Membership
Last Word
Collector – July 2019 - Cover1
Collector – July 2019 - Cover2
Collector – July 2019 - 1
Collector – July 2019 - 2
Collector – July 2019 - 3
Collector – July 2019 - Upfront
Collector – July 2019 - 5
Collector – July 2019 - Industry News
Collector – July 2019 - 7
Collector – July 2019 - 8
Collector – July 2019 - 9
Collector – July 2019 - Best Practices
Collector – July 2019 - 11
Collector – July 2019 - FYI
Collector – July 2019 - 13
Collector – July 2019 - Collection Tips
Collector – July 2019 - 15
Collector – July 2019 - What you need to know about the CFPB’s proposed new rule for the debt collection industry
Collector – July 2019 - 17
Collector – July 2019 - “I don’t know about you, but I’ve literally never received a telegram and wouldn’t even know how to send one.”
Collector – July 2019 - 19
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Collector – July 2019 - 23
Collector – July 2019 - Celebrating 80 Years of Helping Members Succeed
Collector – July 2019 - 25
Collector – July 2019 - How Does ACA Help Members Succeed?
Collector – July 2019 - 27
Collector – July 2019 - 28
Collector – July 2019 - 29
Collector – July 2019 - A History of Advocacy
Collector – July 2019 - 31
Collector – July 2019 - 8 Decades of ACA’s Annual Convention
Collector – July 2019 - 33
Collector – July 2019 - 34
Collector – July 2019 - 35
Collector – July 2019 - Calendar
Collector – July 2019 - Honor Roll
Collector – July 2019 - Education Spotlight
Collector – July 2019 - 39
Collector – July 2019 - Tell It Like It Is: Washington Hears From ACA Members
Collector – July 2019 - 41
Collector – July 2019 - Collectors Challenge 2019: Getting Creative for a Good Cause
Collector – July 2019 - 43
Collector – July 2019 - Balance Billing Challenges Continue
Collector – July 2019 - 45
Collector – July 2019 - 46
Collector – July 2019 - 47
Collector – July 2019 - It’s All About You: Helping Members Succeed
Collector – July 2019 - 49
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Collector – July 2019 - 51
Collector – July 2019 - What is a Product Sandbox?
Collector – July 2019 - 53
Collector – July 2019 - in 11th Circuit Case Examining What Constitutes an ATDS
Collector – July 2019 - 55
Collector – July 2019 - ACA SearchPoint
Collector – July 2019 - Ad Index
Collector – July 2019 - Membership
Collector – July 2019 - 59
Collector – July 2019 - Last Word
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