It feels good to do good.

If you wouldn’t mind indulging us for just a minute, we’d like to do a little bit of “humble bragging” on our most recent recognition. Today, Freestyle Creative was awarded a Beacon Award for Charitable Influence at the 10th Annual Journal Record Beacon Awards event. We don’t set out to win these awards when we decide to give back to the community, but in all honesty, this does feel pretty good.

Rather than rattle off the individuals on our team that combined for the 100+ hours of community service, we’d like to single out one organization in particular that made this award possible. Thank you to the American Cancer Society for partnering with Freestyle throughout the year, from Real Men Wear Pink to shooting a video for the Cattle Baron’s Ball. You’re the real heroes!

Read our full Beacon Award bio below:

10th Annual Journal Record Beacon Award Finalist: Freestyle Creative

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-­based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy and service.

Freestyle Creative of Moore is passionate about the goals of the American Cancer Society and works to raise awareness by active volunteerism and donating marketing initiatives through billboards and social media.

Freestyle’s CEO Vahid Farzaneh and President Kelley Gann both serve on the board of Oklahoma City’s American Cancer Society board because of a personal connection and experience with cancer. Many of our team members have loved ones and friends that have been impacted by cancer.

The cause, which is dear to their hearts, has given the rest of the team a heart for volunteering and is something that many wanted to be involved with and support.

“Whether the team participates in an event, raises fund, or a team member chairs a committee, we get to see the impact of these efforts in our community,” said Rebecca Dill, account executive at Freestyle. “Our involvement with ACS has impacted our company culture to think and give locally.”

In addition to serving on the board, Freestyle organized a breakfast informational event, followed by the Real Men Wear Pink fundraiser in which Freestyle raised $10,000, a record for this event. The Freestyle team also participated in Relay for Life, Cattle Baron’s Ball and Making Strides 5K through promotion, volunteering and fostering relationships with donors and potential donors.

Long-term goals for ACS include preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer in a variety of ways.

“Freestyle’s efforts not only raised a call-to-action for our own team, but for the surrounding community to help raise awareness, funds, become/support advocates, and care for local cancer patients and families,” Dill said.

In addition to serving with ACS, Freestyle team members serve the community through a number of other organizations, including Oklahoma City’s Homeless Alliance as well as Sunbeam Family Services, Oklahoma City Arts Council, Infant Crisis Services, Positive Tomorrows, Rebuilding Together, to name just a few.

Matt Farley
When Matt isn’t working or studying for class, he enjoys running, watching the OKC Thunder and playing with his dog Penny, a beautiful rescue pit-mix. Matt also enjoys traveling, keeping up with current events and, occasionally, he tells jokes.