2020 was a year full of so many challenges. As individuals, communities, and as a country we experienced a lot together especially with respect to racial and social injustice. At Arcade we tried to learn and become better as individuals and as a business. Ultimately we engaged in dialogue with our community and our staff and look forward to continuing to learn and engage and stay a part of the solution going forward.
One of the things we learned is that we have a voice that matters and that people expect us to use it. We also have a platform to make not only a statement with how we equally and fairly and justly treat each other and our customers but also we can serve as a launch pad for economic support for some great social justice and equality causes. Ultimately we decided to dedicate a day (Juneteenth) to donate 100% of profits in store and online to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is an American non-profit organization that supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public historically black colleges and universities, medical schools, and law schools.
We were able to raise $1,000 that day between store sales and private donations from Ownership. We know this is just a start and we want to blow that number out of the water this year.
“Juneteenth is an annual holiday observing the end of slavery in the U.S. and marks the day (June 19, 1865) when news of emancipation reached people in the deepest parts of the former Confederacy in Galveston, Texas.”