4th Annual Cook-Off
MSM’s 4th annual cook-off took place on Friday, February 23rd. The theme was everyone’s childhood favorite dish: Macaroni and Cheese. The only parameter for this year’s recipe? The dish must include noodles and cheese. Everything else was up to the participating chefs...
MSM Holiday Party
On December 22, 2017, MSM employees from all branches, and even some who work from home, came together at D’Agostinos in Wheeling to celebrate the holidays and the new year. Activities included Human Bingo, Who is the MSM Baby, and Guess How Many Candies. Completion of the Human Bingo form and correct answers...
Thanksgiving Food Drive
In lieu of the annual Feed My Starving Children event, MSM decided to do something to help the families closer to home during the holidays. During the first few weeks of November, a food drive was held at the Buffalo Grove office. Two large bins of non-perishable holiday-themed food items were donated to the Vernon Township Food Pantry...
The MSM ‘Sock’tember sock drive was a ‘sock’cess!
The MSM community outreach program for the month of September was aimed at equipping the local homeless population with a much needed item to help them through the wet and cold months. For a two week period in September, the MSM employees, as well as the employees of INT, collected and donated over 120 pairs of new socks to PADS of Lake County...
MSM Helps Hurricane Harvey Victims
Thanks to all the MSM employees who participated in this great raffle to raise money in a critical time for many people. The company agreed to match the money donated by the employees, so we’ll will be donating to the American Red Cross in an effort to help the people affected Hurricane Harvey...
Christmas in july
The MSM “Christmas in July” program was a great success. Not only was it fun to see the holiday display in the middle of summer, but we also received great donations which will benefit a number of programs in the Chicagoland area.
“May” I Do Something Nice For You
MSM’s “May” I do something nice for you event was a great success! Throughout the month of May, employees from all branches performed random acts of kindness. The tough part was remembering to document these kind acts with a photo. Our Facebook wall, as well as the actual wall in the Buffalo Grove Lunchroom, is peppered with images of these generous acts. Simple things, such as giving someone a hug, a surprise lottery ticket, or even a sweet treat helped brighten someone’s day. The smiles from the recipients made it all worth the effort. A great job by the MSM employees spreading smiles around our communities.
MSM In Touch With Local Schools
On April 21st, MSM President Thomas Hughes joined other local advertising executives to help judge and critique groups of 4th grade students from Kimball Hill Elementary School in Rolling Meadows. Based loosely on the television show Shark Tank, students presented fictitious products based on several figures from Greek Mythology, and tried to get the “sharks” to invest in their products. This was MSM’s second year participating in this fun event which teaches children about advertising, marketing, sales, public speaking and teamwork!
Cubs Home Opener Celebration
MSM employees showed their love for the no longer “lovable losers",” but the 2016 World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs! Not being able to celebrate the 2017 Home Opener at Wrigley Field did not stop the MSM staff from showing their Cubs spirit...
March Community Outreach Program
During the month of March, MSM employees participated in the MSM Marketplace. This fun event allowed employees to participate in the community outreach program in a variety of ways. The Marketplace received donated items from the employees...
Sloppy Joe Cook Off 2017
The MSM sloppy Joe Cook off was a huge success!! 5 chefs battled it out to be named the number one sloppy joe chef in all of MSM. Who would be the winner, Al, Ron, Fran, Sean, or Tim? It was a very close race. After the votes were tallied...
Blood Drive 2017
Thank you to everyone who participated in the first MSM community outreach event in 2017 - the MSM Annual Blood Drive.
January is national blood donor month...
More than 60 MSM employees from our main office, branch offices and those who worked from home enjoyed a fantastic pre-New Year’s party at D’Agostino’s in Wheeling. Luckily the weather was on our side as we had employees coming from as far as Wisconsin and Indiana to enjoy the festivities.
Steve Remsing, a last minute write in candidate, was crowned the winner of the first annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest, walking off with a gift card to Macy’s. Steve wasn’t the only employee to walk away a winner...
Feed My Starving Children 2016
Feed My Starving Children 2016 was a success! A small but mighty group of MSM and INT employees teamed up with an enthusiastic and hard working group of scientists from Abbvie. The combined efforts of the teams resulted in 19 boxes packed and shipped to children in Swatini, a landlocked country in Southern Africa.
Orphans of the Storm Fundraiser
Thanks to the MSM managers for volunteering to take a pie in the face which resulted in raising $511 to help the dogs and cats at Orphans of the Storm in Riverwoods. For each dollar donated, the MSM and INT employees had an opportunity to spin the wheel and see if their “favorite” manager got whip cream in the face. $311 was raised by the employees, and MSM gladly matched up to $200, for a fantastic total of $511. Based on the laughs and smiles during the four-day event, I am not sure who had more fun, the employees or the managers!
Thanks to the generous contribution of the MSM employees, along with help from the INT families, some very lucky Chicago Public School students will be well-equipped to start the next school year. More than 12 filled backpacks and three boxes of school supplies were sent to Operation Backpack.
4th of July Celebration
4th of July has come and gone, but MSM made sure its employees kicked off the long holiday weekend with some fun. MSM’s first cook out of the year was a huge success and even had some friends and family stop by to enjoy the festivities.
MSM Penny Wars
MSM Penny Wars was a huge success. Over $1,023.00 was raised for the American Cancer Society in memory of MSM Salesman Tom Elwood. This two week event was great fun for all involved. The company was divided into 6 teams: management, administrative and 4 sales teams. The goal of the event was for each team to have the most pennies in their team jar. Each penny was worth +1 point. Each silver coin or paper money in the jar was worth negative its value. The teams were required to strategize as to where they wanted to deposit their donation. They could put pennies in their own jar, but which team should they target with the silver?
Hot Dog & Hat Day
MSM kicked off the 2016 baseball season by celebrating with Hot Dog and Hat Day. MSM employees happily sported their favorite hats in exchange for a ball park themed hot dog and peanut lunch. Most employees were showing their Chicago team spirit by wearing either Sox or Cubs hats, however any hat counts on Hot Dog and Hat Day.
Toiletries Drive for Pads Lake County
The MSM Toiletries Drive for Pads Lake County was a great success. Over a three week period more than 150 sample size toiletries were donated to help the Lake County homeless. The MSM donations will be handed out to Lake County shelters as well as the homeless living on the streets, under bridges, in abandoned buildings, and in other common “hiding” places.
Chili Cook Off 2016
The winner of the MSM chili cook off was Jason Quist!
Blood Drive 2016
Thanks to the efforts of MSM during the January 13th blood drive, enough blood to save 36 lives was donated.
Feed My Starving Children
What a great event! 15 MSM employees participated in a food packing event at Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville. During the two hour event more than 20 boxes were packed by this group for the African Country Djibouti.
MSM employees pre-celebrated the Cub’s victory over the Pirates with a hotdog lunch on Wednesday. Hopefully, there will be a lot more celebrating in the next few weeks!
MSM Donates Clothes to AMVETS
What a great job by all the MSM employees! During our September community outreach, over 24 bags of clothing were collected and donated to AMVETS, benefitting military families. MSM employees should be very proud that they are able to not only sell the public service announcements successfully, but are also embodying the spirit of these messages.
Red Cross Training & Certification
Last week five MSM employees became certified in First Aid, CPR and AED use by the Red Cross. Red Cross instructor Shari Hatfield conducted the training in the MSM training room.
Orphans of the Storm Animal Shelter
MSM employees complete a successful drive for Orphans of the Storm Animal Shelter. This week 6 large boxes containing food, kitty litter, dog beds, treats, newspaper and cleaning supplies were donated to this worthwhile shelter. Thanks Everyone!