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Bennett Thrasher hikes the Appalachian Trail; Clark Schaefer Hackett rebrands; and more news from CPA offices across the country.
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GEORGIA
Employees from Bennett Thrasher, Atlanta, are hiking the Appalachian Trail, with proceeds going to GiGi’s Play House, a nonprofit that supports and empowers people with Down syndrome. The nine hikes, collectively dubbed by the firm “BT at the AT,” began on May 10 and will go until August, completing the entire Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail. The hikes, while benefiting GiGi’s, which is in the process of opening a second location in Atlanta, will also be a team building exercise for employees of all levels, with updates and photos shared throughout the months.
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ILLINOIS
BDO USA raised $75,000 during a two-week fundraising drive to support National Red Nose Day, May 25, the Comic Relief charity dedicated to ending child poverty. BDO employees engaged in red-themed activities across the firm, including bake sales, casual dress days, and “pie-in-the-face challenges,” to support the charity and as part of the firm’s year-round BDO Counts initiative, an ongoing community outreach program. BDO USA CEO Wayne Berson urged office managing partners to set fundraising goals for each of their offices with the promise to be pie-d in the face if their staff reached the target. Berson and many office managing partners subsequently celebrated National Red Nose Day with a face full of pie. Videos of the various pies in the face are available here, here and here.

Sikich, Naperville, received the Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit’s four-star award at the SuiteWorld17 conference, recognized for its partnership with NetSuite in delivering ERP technology solutions.
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NEW JERSEY
Withum, Princeton, named Pam Rojvirat, human resources associate at law firm Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, its second strength campaign honoree. Rojvirat was awarded with the administrative strength award for being a committed team player “who goes above and beyond the call of duty" in welcoming and transitioning new employees, according to Withum. Withum's "Strength Stories" campaign was launched this year as a recognition program to highlight employee excellence in the general business community. Rojvirat and future winners will share their "strength stories" in radio commercials aired on Bloomberg Radio.
NEW YORK
The Bonadio Group, Rochester, was recognized as a top workplace in both Rochester and Albany, by the 2017 Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Top Workplaces list and the Albany Times Union’s Top 25 Small Companies list.
OHIO
Clark Schaefer Hackett, Cincinnati, launched a new brand, including new logo, color palette and tagline, “Results through remarkable relationships.” The logo and tagline were inspired by a book the firm published, The CSH Way, which identified four key attributes to a remarkable client service relationship: trust, guidance, outcomes and vision. The new logo features a star shape of four chevrons, representing those four attributes.
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RHODE ISLAND
The Rhode Island Society of CPAs was presented with the Harold B. Soloveitzik Professional Leadership Award, recognizing a professional advisory services organization with demonstrated commitment to philanthropy, by the Rhode Island Foundation at its annual meeting in Providence May 24.