Creative Energy Options Hosts “Build and Give” Event


Poconos, PA – The staff of Attalus Capital, a Philadelphia based investment management firm, recently participated in “Build and Give”, a unique team building event facilitated by Mary Jane Saras, Vice President of Leadership Development  for Creative Energy Options, Inc., a consulting firm focused on optimizing workplace relationships.

“Build and Give” is a fun and specialized team building event designed to improve communication and conflict skills, increase strategic thinking and collaboration skills, while having fun and doing something good for others.  The give-back in this event is the end result of a brand new, shiny bicycle that is donated to charity. Not only is the team gaining new skills, they are creating a model of team philanthropy by giving back to the local community with the gift of new bikes for those in need.

Attalus Capital graciously donated five children’s bicycles to Youth Infusion, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging young men and women in the process of improving their communities.  Youth Infusion in turn invited Pocono Services for Families and Children (PSFC) to join them in accepting these bicycles as part of a donation to their Head Start Program in Monroe County which serves 188 low income pre-school children and their families.  Tim Lee, Executive Director of PSFC gladly accepted the 5 bicycles and stated, “In the world of the majority of families we serve through PSFC, a bike of this nature would be considered a luxury item. What a wonderful gift not only to the children who receive them, but to their parents who experience the joy in seeing their child receive such a gift.”

Also present at the “Build and Give” event at the Skytop Lodge was Garret Frank and David Lee Ping, both are students representing Youth Infusion’s Youth Advisory Board along with Elika Almeida, Co-founder and Director of Marketing for Youth Infusion and Patricia Tiernan, Youth Infusion’s Board Secretary, East Stroudsburg High School South’s English Teacher and Cavalier Justice Academy’s Service-Learning Instructor. Garret Frank shared his reflections on the event by stating, “It was a great experience to see people take time out of their day to donate to children who are less fortunate and may not have opportunities to experience the joy I had as a child riding my first bike.”

This teambuilding event was possible through collaboration and communication between several non-profit organizations and businesses and proves that giving and donating back to the community is gratifying and at the same time, a lot of fun.

For more information on The “Build and Give” program and Creative Energy Options, visit their website, or call 570-636-3858 or email Mary Jane Saras at

For more information on ways you can become involved with Youth Infusion, Inc., visit their website, or call 570-266-5125 or to become involved with Pocono Services for Families and Children, visit their website, or call 570-421-5711.