Self Storage Vendors and Operators Make a Big Impact for Kure It Cancer Research, One Dollar at a Time

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US Storage Centers, StorQuest Self Storage, PhoneSmart, and StorageMart have launched creative fundraising efforts to raise funds for Kure It Cancer Research.These self storage vendors and operators prove that even the smallest donations go a long way in the fight against cancer.

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Kure it founder Barry Hoeven stated, "It is great to see self storage vendors and operators coming together behind a cause that touches us all, the battle against cancer. The more research projects we can fund, the more lives we can improve.

In 2009, Kure It founder Barry Hoeven set a goal of leading the self storage industry in the charge to raise $1 million a year for cancer research. Hoeven started with his own company, US Storage Centers, by implementing two fundraising programs called Round Up for Research and Store for the Kure. In the Store for the Kure program, operators contribute a recommended $.50 per month for each occupied unit. Round up for Research invites tenants to round up their rent to the next dollar, or an amount of their choice, to be included in their payment as a recurring donation. Since the start of these programs, multiple vendors and operators have partnered with Kure It and launched their own creative fundraising efforts.

During the month of August, StorQuest Self Storage, owned and operated by The William Warren Group, committed to raising $10,000 for Kure It through their Twitter and Facebook pages. For every social media interaction, including Tweets, Re-tweets, follows, shares, likes, and comments, StorQuest pledged a dollar to Kure It to help fight cancer. Facebook fans check the StorQuest page on “Thermometer Thursdays” to see the updated total.

Also during August, StorageMart committed to send a dollar to Kure It for every share or like of a series of posts on StorageMart Gives, the company’s Facebook page. Their goal of raising $1,000 in one month was reached a week early, prompting StorageMart’s spokesman Tron Jordheim to thank the company’s Facebook community for their support of StorageMart’s support of Kure It.

Soon after, PhoneSmart pledged 25 cents to Kure It for each reservation they wrote for storage clients in August. With 6,315 reservations written, the campaign resulted in a donation of $1,578.75 to Kure It.

Kure it founder Barry Hoeven stated, “It is great to see self storage vendors and operators coming together behind a cause that touches us all, the battle against cancer. The more research projects we can fund, the more lives we can improve.”

Because of the industry’s tremendous support, Kure It is making a big impact for underfunded cancer research. Recently, Kure It awarded $100,000 to the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University, and an additional grant in the amount of $250,000 will be awarded through Kure It’s partnership with the American Association for Cancer Research.

About Kure It
Kure It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise money for research specialists conducting innovative projects to better treat and ultimately cure kidney and other underfunded cancers. Founded by Barry Hoeven after his diagnosis with kidney cancer, Kure It has raised over $1 million since 2007.

About US Storage Centers
US Storage Centers (USSC) owns, manages, and operates approximately 60 self storage locations throughout the United States. Established in 1986, USSC’s 25+ years of storage experience offers an operational management platform that provides highly skilled and motivated upper level and field management staff and operational strategy that is NOI focused.

About The William Warren Group, Inc.
StorQuest Self Storage is the operating trade name of self storage properties owned and operated by The William Warren Group, Inc. WWG is a privately held, fully integrated, entrepreneurial real estate company that develops, acquires and operates income producing real estate assets in Arizona, California, Colorado and Hawaii.

About PhoneSmart
PhoneSmart is an offsite sales force offering call center support, sales training and sales team management, secret shopping, multi-channel marketing and keynote speaker Tron Jordheim.

About StorageMart
StorageMart provides each property manager with product, sales and service training, which is then delivered to each storage customer.

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