Big news from Light The Night 2021

On Saturday, November 6, a team from Cox Consulting Network joined with the Austin community to fight cancer and “Light The Night” at The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual walk.

After postponing in-person events for over a year, the atmosphere was full of excitement and spirits were high. Hundreds of participants lifted glowing red, yellow, and white lanterns for a dazzling effect around Mueller Lake Park. As a “Bright Light Sponsor,” CCN team members also handed out flashlights throughout the evening.

Andy and JJ Cox hand out flashlights before the walk. Photo courtesy Greg Harrison.

Thank you for helping to make an incredible impact

Over the past year, the CCN team has been hard at work raising awareness and personal donations. In October, our third annual team event, Beer Beats Cancer, raised over $10,000 for the cause!

In addition, CCN committed to donate 50 cents for every hour billed by its network of specialized finance, accounting, and HR consultants, generating over $20,000 to Light The Night.

Altogether, the CCN team was able to raise $40,831.69, more than doubling its $20,000 target! This incredible achievement is truly a testament to our generous network and many leaders who found creative ways to get their communities involved. Thank you!!

$40,831.69
CCN Team Contribution

Freia (right) the Light The Night “Honored Hero” for 2021 celebrates in style with her Irish dancing team. Photo courtesy Greg Harrison.

This year, several CCN team members also participated in the Light The Night Executive Challenge. Over the course of 8 weeks, 26 Challengers in the Austin area raised $194,000 for the LLS mission. CCN Challengers, Andy Cox, Tammy McCarty, Leanne Noskey, and Delena Spenser raised $31,707 combined.

Overall, the event brought in a total of $720,000, just shy of its $800,000 goal. Since its founding in 1949, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has invested nearly $1.3 billion bringing us closer to cures and supporting local families affected by blood cancers.

$720,000+
Total Event Impact

Join in the Fight Against Cancer

Although the Light The Night is over, donations are still open through the rest of the year. It’s not too late to contribute.

Don’t want to miss the excitement for next year? Contact us to learn more about joining the CCN team (or starting your own) for 2022. It’s a great way to build comradery and make memories all in support of a great cause.

Thank you for supporting #BeerBeatsCancer!

Last week on Thursday, October 14, we had an incredible evening at Hops & Thyme in Lakeway, TX. After taking a break during the pandemic of 2021, we were excited to resume our third annual fundraising event to support Light the Night Austin and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Over $10k raised to support LLS

Together with 80+ guests, we set out to verify a very important scientific hypothesis: that beer can beat cancer.

After some careful collection of data, the answer was a resounding YES! Between ticket sales, raffle, and silent auctions, the event racked up over $10,000 for a great cause (double our pre-pandemic total from 2019!)

Ticket Sales and Donations: $3k

Raffle and Silent Auctions: $7k+

GRAND TOTAL: $10k+

Thanks to the efforts of our generous volunteers and sponsors, we’re proud to say that all of our costs for the evening were covered. Every single dollar we raised together went straight to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). This money funds valuable cancer research and supports families affected by blood cancer right here in Austin.

A huge thank you to everyone involved!

We’re so grateful for local businesses and organizations who pitched in to donate some incredible auction items and beer for the event. These sponsors included Hops & Thyme, Twisted X Brewing, Wild Bunch Brewery, Dripping Springs Distillery, Wakanine, Tito’s Vodka, Fitzhugh Brewing, Face to Face Spa, Mantis Massage, Baldwin Beauty Schools, and Iron Wolf Distillery.

Several other individuals generously contributed jewelry, gift cards, and even a getaway to a beach house in Port Aransas.

Join the fight against blood cancer

#BeerBeatsCancer is just one part of our company’s commitment to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and we’re already gearing up for the annual Light the Night walk happening on November 6, 2021.

In addition to funds raised at #BeerBeatsCancer, CCN is donating 50 cents for every hour billed — already totaling over $17k to-date!

You can support the cause by donating to LLS or joining our team to walk at Light the Night 2021.

Have a small business or community group? Whether it’s to raise funds or simply participate in the walk, Light the Night is a great cause to rally around. Feel free to reach out to learn more about LLS and the many ways you can contribute.

Come to “Beer Beats Cancer” on October 14!

Help us fight cancer by simply enjoying craft beers! We’re back with another Beer Beats Cancer event to help raise funds with the CCN “Light The Night” team.

We’re looking forward to a great evening filled with great food and local brews, live music, raffle, and auction from 6-9 at Hops & Thyme in Lakeway.

Beer Beats Cancer 2021 poster

Each $30 ticket is a tax-deductible donation to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), and admission includes a commemorative pint glass with craft beer from local brewers like Twisted X Brewing. (Wine is available for our non-beer drinking supporters.)

Delicious food, ciders, and more are also available to purchase on-site from Hops & Thyme.

All are welcome, so please invite your friends and help prove that Beer Beats Cancer!

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Meet Freia, Austin’s 2021 Light the Night “Honored Hero”

Freia was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 8. She and her family had just landed for a family vacation in Sweden when her parents noticed something wasn’t right. After several trips to the hospital, her family heard those awful words: “Freia has cancer.”

Today, Freia is almost done with her treatment and is already helping to encourage others as Austin’s Light the Night “Honored Hero.”

You too can help raise funds and support families and patients like Freia through Austin’s 2021 Light the Night event! Visit our event page to donate or sign up to walk with our team on November 6, 2021.

We also hope you will join us fun community event on October 14 called “Beer Beats Cancer.” We’ll gather at Hops & Thyme in Lakeway for great food and local brews, all in support of cancer research and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Help end blood cancer with CCN

Beginning this month, CCN has begun to set aside 50 cents for every billable hour and has already raised over $1000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Since 2013, CCN Founder Andy Cox has been involved in the fight against blood cancer, and today, he and his team are already gearing up to join the annual Light the Night event in October.

Below, Andy shares how he first got involved in LLS and how you too can join the fight…

How did you first find out about blood cancer?

Back in the late 90s, I was a regular blood donor. I agreed to be on a national marrow donor list, a database that helps get you matched up with someone who needs a transplant. They told me there was a super low chance I would be contacted, but about a year later, I got a call.

I found out I was a potential match for an adolescent who needed a bone marrow transplant in Europe. At first, I was 1 of 16 or so potential matches. I went in for additional blood and testing, then I was 1 of 8, 1 of 3, and then I was it.

“For me, seeing what the families go through is what really makes the difference. No parent wants to hear that their child has cancer.”

In February of 2000, the patient flew into Houston for the transplant. The thing you have to understand about marrow transplants is that they are usually a last resort — the last thing doctors will try to save a life. Once they start killing off the patient’s white blood cells, the donor is the only chance.

That whole experience really opened my eyes. I never did interact with the actual family, but in that hospital you see lots of parents really struggling.

The transplant successfully extended the patient’s life, but later he ultimately succumbed to cancer. After that, I got busy in my career and raising a new family, but it certainly left a mark.

What got you involved in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?

It wasn’t until 2012 that I got involved with LLS in Austin. A coworker of mine just moved into the market, and she was a survivor of blood cancer. Her friends and family had formed a Light the Night team for her back home, so we created a team to support her here in Austin too.

That was a great experience, and it instantly refreshed my memory, seeing that there are a lot of people going through these incredible challenges. They could be coworkers or neighbors close to you, and you might not even know it. I wanted to continue to help out as much as I can.

After that, I was a team captain, then moved into the Austin Light the Night committee, and then joined their board three years ago.

What do you find so compelling about the fight against blood cancer?

For me, seeing what the families go through is what really makes the difference. No parent wants to hear that their child has cancer.

Kids are so resilient that they often continue to play through treatment. They’re still just kids and often keep that optimism, but behind every child cancer patient, there are parents who are on an emotional roller coaster. All you want is for your kid to have the best options, but it’s so hard to know.

You start empathizing with these families. You want to know how you can help, what you can do… well what you can do is end cancer!

Can we really end cancer?

It sounds like something that can’t be done, but we’re making incredible progress, and LLS is right in the middle of that research and innovation.

The amount of FDA approvals that have happened in the last few years is exponentially higher that it used to be, and these are treatments that can help avoid chemo or radiation.

“we’re making incredible progress [towards ending blood cancer], and LLS is right in the middle of that research and innovation.”

Recently a blood cancer survivor spoke at an LLS meeting. He was given a new pill, and literally within months, he was cured of cancer. He was almost embarrassed to say he had cancer, because he never had any ill effects—no chemo, no hair loss, or anything. It felt like a magic pill.

Stories like that don’t tug at the heartstrings as much as suffering families, but that’s exactly the point! That’s what we want the future of blood cancer to look like. That’s why we’re raising money for research.

How can others help in the fight against cancer?

Blood cancer affects all ages, all ethnicities, all age groups. Research is expensive; this is all about fundraising. We need money and we need volunteers.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a great organization that is leading the charge. An extremely high percentage of every dollar given goes to funding research and helping people locally. They run very lean and are very effective.

Money raised through Light the Night also goes to direct patient support services right here in Austin. Of course, cancer treatment is expensive, and hugely disruptive to family life. LLS has programs to provide financial assistance for medical bills, transportation, or even utilities.

I can’t think of anything better to do with my time than to help move this forward.

What is Light the Night?

Light the Night is an annual fundraising event that happens in Austin and other cities across the country.

“No matter where you are the mood is the same. Although there is certainly a memorial component to this event, it’s also festive. There’s a lot to celebrate… is a huge, awesome, emotional experience.”

The actual ceremony starts around dark. They present awards for teams, and they have the “honored hero” come up to share their story. Finally everybody has a colored lantern: white is for survivors, yellow is for remembrance, and red is for all the supporters. Everybody who is holding a white lantern moves into the center to the “circle of survivors.” They all raise their lanterns up, and it’s a huge, awesome, emotional experience. Then all five or six thousand people all do the walk with their lanterns with fireworks at the end.

How can we get involved?

By all means, sign up to join the CCN team or create a team of family and friends! You can make a donation to the event or host a fundraiser of your own.

I think it’s a no brainer for companies of any size to participate. There are a lot of reasons for an employer to do an event like this. It’s a great cause, a great opportunity to market if you want to, and a great way to bring your employees together and build comradery.

There are a lot of great charities in Austin, and I understand that. We want to find those people who have a passion and are connected in some way to patients and survivors. Don’t be afraid to ask around, and you will be surprised just how many people you already know who are connected in some way.

At the end of the day, we’re here to end blood cancer.

Light the Night with CCN! We’ve been serving since day one

These days, many companies are scrambling to change their business model and adapt to the global pandemic. The good ones are making moves to protect their employees and better serve their clients — but what if businesses were simply founded upon these principals of "service" to begin with?

At CCN, we have always put people first, and now it’s more important than ever. We remain dedicated to exceptional service, competitive pricing, transparency and above-market pay for our network of consultants.

There’s a reason why we call our company a “network” instead of an agency or consulting firm. We believe in the simple idea that by serving people first, everyone ultimately wins. From day one, CCN was designed to serve our finance and accounting peers — period.

We do things differently

We serve a market of profit-seeking companies and are dedicated to supporting that effort with every bit of bull-dogged tenacity we can muster. But, we also wholeheartedly believe that we must refuse to let our own profit margins limit our ability to serve. Our consultants, candidates, and clients deserve our very best.

In fact, we made a deliberate decision to not utilize outside investors. Too often, they bring baggage of monthly calls with demands for higher margins and more growth. It's a pressure we didn't want to put on our pure service model.

"We must refuse to let our own profit margins limit our ability to serve. Our consultants, candidates, and clients deserve our very best."

At CCN, our background is in finance and accounting — not sales. We’ve been in your shoes, and we know exactly what kind of people you need. Our primary motivation isn’t the next big commission; it’s finding the right talent to help your team succeed.

These are just a few of the ways we've decided to do business differently...

  • Competitive Consulting Rates: The standard 100% markup can be hard to swallow. At CCN we’ve kept our overhead and margins low, passing on more savings to clients and better pay for consultants.
  • Transparent Billing: In our industry, it’s often hard to know where your money is going, and how much of it is actually going to the consultant. We offer complete transparency on the bill rate (consultant's pay, CCN fee, taxes, etc.).
  • Above Market Pay for Consultants: We believe happy consultants make for happy clients. We hire the best talent in Texas, and we give them a great pay rate for their work.
  • Hourly Direct Hire Pricing Model: Especially when it comes to hiring during the pandemic, companies are hesitant to shell out large chunks of cash for traditional commission-based recruiters. At CCN, we simply bill for the time necessary to find great candidates. Our direct-hire clients benefit from significant savings, often more than 50% lower than contingent-based recruiters.

Mission over profit

Above all, CCN was founded by consultants with the belief that mission comes before profit, and not the other way around. Profit and growth are simply the RESULT of good service — and our results speak for themselves. Over the first few years CCN has been in business, hundreds of consultants and clients around Texas have flocked to the new network that puts people first.

Give us a call or shoot us a message. We’d love to find out how we can serve YOU in this challenging season.

Help us Light the Night!

We’re donating $0.50 for every hour we bill in 2018 to the Austin Light the Night Walk.

On Saturday, November 10, 2018, friends, families, and co-workers, will gather together carrying illuminated lanterns to celebrate, honor, or remember those who are touched by cancer. The Light the Night Walk takes place this year at the Circuit of the Americas with an unforgettable opening ceremony, a short walk on the race track, and ends with an amazing fireworks display.

1. We would love to have you join our team, and go to this inspiring event. Sign up to join the CCN team here: http://bit.ly/CCN4Cure

2. Or, please consider making a donation, if you’re up to your ears in work and joining our team, or creating your own, isn’t an option this year. You can make a tax deductible donation using the team link above.

Light the Night Walk Kickoff!

We’re excited to be forming our first corporate team for the Austin Light the Night Walk that takes place at Circuit of the Americas on November 10th at 5pm! The Light the Night Walk funds treatments that are saving the lives of cancer patients today. LLS is making cures happen by providing patient support services, advocating for lifesaving treatments and pioneering the most promising cancer research anywhere.

This is an incredible event that makes a difference to people who are battling cancer in our community. Please consider donating, creating a team, or joining our team. Kickoff for the event will be August 29th at 11:30am at the Hyatt Regency downtown.

Sign up to join the CCN team here: http://bit.ly/CCN4Cure

To learn more about the Light the Night Walk: http://www.lightthenight.org/events/austin

2019 LLS Austin Light the Night Walk

Circuit of the Americas

We’re excited to support the LLS again this year with this amazing event, and we’re donating 50 cents for every billable hour in 2019 to this cause. Join our team or donate here. To learn more about the mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, click here.