Benchmark Is Second Largest Donor to Argentum Silver PAC in 2017
After setting an ambitious goal to raise $30,000 in 2017 for the Argentum Silver PAC (Political Action Committee), Benchmark associates exceeded the goal by $4,000, placing second on the donor list. We also helped the Silver PAC exceed its 2017 fundraising goal of $400,000.
Ranked by size, Benchmark is 23 on Argentum’s list of top 100 senior living companies. So, being the second largest contributor is a impressive feat.
And it gets better: We had more individual Silver PAC contributors than any other company. “We can be proud to be part of a company that demonstrates this high level of commitment to our industry,” says Chairman and CEO Tom Grape.
“For its size, Benchmark packs a lot of punch,” says Argentum Chief Operating Officer Maribeth Bersani. “It has always been one of our strongest supporters and one of the most respected voices in the industry. The company’s unique Silver PAC strategy engages not only corporate team members but community Executive Directors as well. Benchmark’s Silver PAC contribution is a remarkable achievement.”
Every year, legislators introduce thousands of bills impacting our industry. Some are misguided and could harm our ability to care for our residents. Others require adjustments to be helpful. And some deserve our full support in getting through the legislative process.
The Argentum Silver PAC helps legislators understand senior living and advance legislation benefitting senior living companies, their employees and the residents and families they serve. The Silver PAC also allows representatives from Argentum member companies to meet with elected officials.
“The face-to-face meetings with lawmakers allow us to explain our positions,” says Senior Vice President of Quality Resident Services Allison Melahouris. “We get to know leaders, answer their questions and build relationships.”
The non-partisan Silver PAC fund also supports candidates who understand our industry and support our goal of increasing access to affordable, quality senior-living services.