Hoffman wins $10,000 from Get10Give10 program

Thursday, September 8, 2022
Jan Hoffman of Remsen, second from left, is the recipient of the Get10Give10 TCC Gives second quarter win of $10,000 for her charity, St. Jude's Children's Hospital and $10,000 for her personally. Presenting the checks are, from left, Sherri Bauman, TCC District Manager, and TCC Technical Assistants Chris Reynolds and Melissa Morris.
(Sentinel Photo by Beverly Van Buskirk)

LE MARS — There was one rockin' announcement awaiting a Remsen woman when she went to the TCC store in Le Mars.

Jan Hoffman went to the store after TCC District Manager told her she was a finalist in the TCC Gives program, Get 10K, Give 10K.

Little did she know she was the finalist and winner, according District Manager Sherri Bauman.

"I had to lie to get her to come, telling her she was a finalist for our TCC Get10Give10 program," Bauman said. "I said she was one of the finalists, and if she wins what would you like your non-profit donation to go to."

Bauman explained the Get10Give10 program is sponsored by TCC Gives, which is TCC's non-profit company. 

"Every quarter, out of the 1,200 stores, one random invoice is picked for that person to receive $10,000, and then we get their non-profit and we give $10,000 to that non-profit in their name," Bauman said.

"We’re always excited for it. This is the first time for our region, which covers from Des Moines to Cold Springs, Minnesota, to Le Mars and Omaha," she continued.

Hoffman came to the store about 5:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25, and looked around for the other finalists.

Bauman burst with excitement as she started to talk about the TCC Gives program to those attending.

"It also gives back to one lucky customer, and that is Jan Hoffman," she announced to a very surprised Hoffman.

After taking pictures with two oversize checks, Hoffman took a moment to catch her breath to make sure she had really won.

She admits when she first received the call from Bauman, about being a finalist, she just thought, "Oh, right."

"She said she would call me later with details about when and where. She called me two or three weeks later, I had to come down, I get to pick up the time because she called me first," Hoffman said, never realizing that it was going to turn out the way it did.

Hoffman said choosing St. Jude's Children's Hospital as her charity choice was easy.

"I thought that would be fantastic if I could make a donation to St. Jude's. I was not even thinking about what I would do with it. I didn't want to spend the money before you get it because of chances I would get the money," she said.

Her choice of St. Jude's was a natural fit for Hoffman.

"We have family friends who had a child who had cancer who had to go to St. Jude's Children's Hospital," she said. "Ever since then I felt it was a great cause and helps children. I've donated regularly in the past to them, so I thought this would be a great way to get them some money.

Unfortunately our family friends' son passed away, but he did get the benefit of being at St. Jude's to extend his life, and the fact that it didn't cost them anything to go there really helped them."

Before the presentation, Bauman asked Hoffman if anyone else would be coming.

"I didn't even tell my husband I was going here," Hoffman said. "I thought it would be a little 15 minute stop and I'd be home."

Bauman said she and the associates were very, very excited they could present the money to a local resident.

TCC Gives offers a number of donations throughout the year.

"We do a Teachers Rock in February where we've given over $10,000 school supplies to local grade schools. We do a back packs event in summer, give out about 24,000 backpacks over last 10 years, and then we also do Kids Rocks in the summer, pick a foundation for the kids, and we have our Veterans Rock as well," she explained.

''Having TCC Gives offers us an opportunity to give back to our community. And we've reached out to the Legion Riders, given them about $12,000 in donations, partnered with Partners for Patriots and got a dog for a vet, have given money to Noah's Hope and Wet Nose Rescue," she said. "We believe in that circle of success. I have to give back to my people so my people can give back to their people so their people can come back and give to us. It's called the circle of success.

"We can't be any better than what our community makes us, so we want to make that community the best that we can. That's what we believe in," she said.