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Supporting the Fight Against Cancer: A Call for Sponsorship at the Cowtown Ball

By Rebecca Kirkman, CEO

Fort Worth, Texas, known for its vibrant culture and Western charm, is gearing up for a significant event in its social calendar: the Cowtown Ball. Now in its 31st year, the Cowtown Ball stands as one of Tarrant County’s premier galas, gathering individuals from all walks of life to join in a common cause: supporting the American Cancer Society (ACS) in its mission to combat cancer.

Since its inception, the Cowtown Ball has been more than just a Western evening affair. It has become a cornerstone in the community’s efforts to raise funds for cancer research and patient support. Over the years, this event has amassed an impressive $8.5 million, contributing significantly to the ACS’s initiatives in Fort Worth and beyond!

At the heart of the Cowtown Ball is a profound commitment to the ACS’s overarching mission: to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by cancer through advocacy, research, and patient support. Founded in 1913, the American Cancer Society has been a beacon of hope for millions worldwide, catalyzing groundbreaking research and pioneering initiatives that have revolutionized cancer treatment and care.

From its humble beginnings to its current stature, the ACS has been at the forefront of numerous milestones in the fight against cancer. From spearheading research that led to the development of life-saving drugs like Herceptin to establishing vital screening guidelines for early detection, the society’s impact spans decades of dedication and innovation. Notably, the ACS’s research program, initiated in 1946, has funded over $5 billion in projects and supported 49 Nobel Prize-winning researchers, underscoring its commitment to driving transformative change.

In Texas alone, the ACS’s presence is palpable, with 59 grants totaling almost $43 million, 16 of which directly benefit the North Texas area. Moreover, the society’s initiatives extend beyond research, encompassing vital services such as transportation assistance through the Road to Recovery program and providing lodging support to patients and families through Hope Lodges and grants to hospital systems.
As the battle against cancer wages on, the ACS remains resolute in its mission, with a bold objective to reduce the mortality rate by 40% by 2035. However, achieving this ambitious goal requires collective action and unwavering support from individuals and organizations alike.

This is where you come in!

The Cowtown Ball offers an unparalleled opportunity for businesses and individuals to make a tangible difference in the fight against cancer. By becoming a table sponsor or donator, you not only align your brand with a cause that impacts countless lives but also demonstrate your commitment to corporate social responsibility.

Whether through monetary contributions, in-kind donations, or corporate partnerships, your support can help propel the ACS’s lifesaving work forward. From funding groundbreaking research to providing critical resources and support services to those in need, every dollar invested in the Cowtown Ball translates into hope, resilience, and progress in the fight against cancer.

To explore sponsorship opportunities for this event and join us in our mission to eradicate cancer, please contact Rebecca Kirkman or at 559-273-4302.

  • Consider sponsoring a table at the upcoming event, Cowtown Ball on September 27th, 2024. Visit here and select your tickets, tables or sponsorship package. This evening with the Founders Club will bring together community leaders and philanthropists in their best cowboy chic attire for an evening of dining, dancing, and entertainment, all to raise money for this worthy cause.

Want to skip the event and donate directly through the American Cancer Society via their website?

  • Visit here and select REGISTER NOW to donate. (Auction items will be available soon) Please sign up to donate.

The Cowtown Ball isn’t just an event; it’s a testament to the power of community and compassion in transforming lives and shaping a future free from the burden of cancer. Join us in making a difference today!

Positive Vibe Influencer (aka Recruiting Coordinator – Fresno)

Meet Haleigh Brink, Recruiting Coordinator for the Fresno office of Hire Up Staffing Services. Her prime focus is to provide our Candidates and Clients with the highest level of customer service while supporting her sales team. She works hands on with candidates during their job search in order to ensure full compliance. Haleigh has a strong customer service background and takes pride in being the first person people meet when walking through the doors!

Outside of the workplace Haleigh enjoys catching up with her family and friends over a good dinner. She also enjoys spending her weekends lounging in her sweatpants and binge watching her favorite Netflix series (currently The Hills). Haleigh loves to travel, she recently visited Boston and was taken away by the local beauty. He favorite spots to travel to yet are Chicago and Miami, very different but she absolutely loves both locations.

Haleigh has a passion to help others, which makes her job highly rewarding. Each day in staffing is something new, she finds being able to assist her candidates with everything from timecards to compliance along the way is very exciting as she knows it will help lead to their new career path.

Congratulations Josephina — Visalia's July EOTM

July-Visalia-EOTMWe saved the best for last this month! We’d like to take a moment to recognize Josephina for her hard work as a Customer Service Representative at Integrated Care Systems. Out of all our employees placed in the entire Visalia area, Josephina has proven to be Hire Up’s shinning star.

Here is what her manager had to say about her: Josephina serves as a Great asset to our company. She continually strives for excellence and exceeds by far. She has mastered any task that has been given to her thus far and I see her advancing within our company rapidly. She is just AWESOME all the way around. Thank you Ashley for providing us with such a stellar candidate! *pictured with supervisor Rebecca Guerrero

All of us at Hire Up thank you for the dedication and effort you put in every day you go to work. Thank you for being a great example!


Congrats Violet Montes — Hire Up's Internal July EOTM


This month we’d like to turn the spotlight to Violet Montes, our Accounting/Admin Coordinator! She has been selected for our most prestigious award, Internal Employee of the month. We’ve chosen Violet because she has proven to be a great example for the rest of the team. She works hard, is reliable, knowledgable, and a team player.

Here is what her supervisor had to say:

“It is my pleasure to nominate Violet Montes for our Hire Up In House Employee of the Month! Violet’s cheerful attitude and helpful disposition are a welcome addition to the office every day! Her diligent follow up skills are an asset as she handles collections efforts and tracks down receipts for monthly expense reports. She has expanded her duties in the year plus she has been with Hire Up, and has become a valued, relied upon member of the corporate office team. Thank you for all of your hard work Violet!!!” ~ Carrie Bryson, Corporate Controller


Q. How long have you been part of the team at Hire Up Staffing?

A. I’ve been working for Hire Up Staffing since May 2017 (little over 1 year).

Q. Can you tell us a little about what you do at Hire Up Staffing?

A. I am the Accounting/Administrative Coordinator for Hire Up. I track the accounts receivable and payable, as well as perform bookkeeping duties. I maintain records, prepare financial reports and paperwork, and ensure that all work is completed in a timely manner and in accordance with company, state, and federal financial regulations.

Q. What is the favorite part/s of your job?

A. I enjoy the sincere appreciation I receive from not only my boss, but also the people I work with. A heartfelt “thanks” goes a long way to improving my attitude and productivity.

Q. What do you like most about working for Hire Up Staffing?

A. What I love most about working for Hire Up is the sense of family around our workplace. The work is hard, no doubt. Hire Up truly values people on a personal level, which makes the hardest days just as great.

Q. Can you tell us a fun blurb about your self?

A. Something fun about me…..(this is hard lol) as much as I love to sit in front of a computer and crunch numbers, I also enjoy dancing, going to the movies (I love scary movies), and especially spending time with my family. 

Hire Up’s June Featured Client — Administrative Solutions, Inc.


For our June Featured Client, we decided to highlight a Fresno company called Administrative Solutions, Inc., also known as ASi! In these features, we like to showcase what makes our clients amazing and with this one, the list goes on and on!

Who is ASi

Administrative Solutions, Inc. (ASi) is a third party administrator specializing in administrative services for employer groups. These services assist employers with benefit plans as well as employee and client communications. What makes ASi unique is their customer service. There isn’t one business or person that can always be perfect and error free, but ASi stands behind their services 100% and make sure that their customers are always happy.

Benefits and Beyond

Hire Up Staffing strongly believes that employees are the backbone of a business, and they deserve to be treated exceptionally. Here are just some of the amazing benefits that this company provides to its employees! ASi offers a comprehensive benefits package to their employees including health, dental, vision, and 401K profit sharing. They also recognize hard work when they see it and offer employee bonuses! Something that we loved about ASi’s employee programs is that they continue training and advancement opportunities to team members who are driven to excel. ASi understands the importance of continuing education and works with students in college on flexible hours while attending school.

ASi has grown drastically in a matter of years. Starting out as a 3 person company, it’s been extremely important to President Barry Maas to keep the family oriented team closeness as the company rapidly expands.

ASi Loves to Help

If you know Hire Up Staffing, you are already aware that we LOVE to give back and support other businesses with the same values! We are excited to say that ASi supports tons of charities throughout the year! Every holiday season, the entire company works with local organizations to provide Christmas for families that otherwise wouldn’t be able to experience it due to financial hardship. In addition, they also bring in Christmas carolers from the Diamond Learning to perform at their office! Some of the organizations ASi has worked with include the American Heart Association, Diamond Learning Center, Boys and Girls Club, Martha’s Pantry, the Fresno Rescue Mission, Fresno State Renaissance, and the Poverello House.

Team Activities

Each year, the ASi management team does an annual retreat to review the year and prepare for the upcoming year. This retreat incorporates their business and staff needs. It is important to ASi that they focus on their improving their services, but also to hear from their employees and team. In addition, they hold an annual summer event and close the office for an afternoon of BBQ, games, and employee recognitions. Their staff is very important to them, and they want to make sure they are taken care of.

One of our Favorite Clients

When interviewing Christina O. Castro, Vice President, she said, “Finding great employees can be a challenge and working with agencies such as Hire Up helps make this easier for us. We are appreciative of our local businesses that have helped ASi get where we are today.”

All around an amazing company to work with, and we LOVE placing people here as well. If you are currently looking for a job, stay up to date by reviewing our job board! ASi may be looking for an all-star team member, and you could be the first to apply.

Thank you all for reading about this amazing local Fresno company! To learn more about how they can help you or to learn more about their services, please CLICK HERE

Congratulations Melissa at ASi — Hire Up's Fresno June EOTM!


We like to save the best for last! Melissa has been chosen to be Hire Up’s Employee of the Month for June. Out of all of our employee is in the Fresno area, Melissa shinned the brightest. Here is what her supervisor, Leena Basurto had to say;  “Melissa Pedro has a great desire to excel in her work and to do what she can to help our company overall. Her work ethics have shown us that it is important to her to make sure we are providing our clients with everything possible to keep them happy and to continue to be successful. We are very excited to have Melissa working for our company as she is a strong leader that will make a difference in our company.” 

Thank you Melissa for leading by example! Here’s to you! Keep up the amazing work.


Congratulations Leah — Hire Up's Internal June EOTM


We are so excited to announce our Internal Employee of the Month for June — Leah Perez, Visalia Branch Manager!

Congratulations on a job well! Leah has been with Hire Up for nearly 2 and a half years and has proven to be a wonderful leaders, an amazing colleague, and a true asset to our company. We look forward to ALWAYS having her on our team! When presented with this award, we asked her 2 questions and her they are:

Q: What is your favorite part about your job?

A: Helping people, regardless if I can find them a job or not.

Q: What is the best thing about working at Hire Up Staffing?

A: The best thing is all of the people I work with!


Introducing Dayana — Hire Up’s Visalia June EOTM


After searching high and low, we’ve finally chosen the best of the best to be our June Employee of the Month for the entire Visalia area! We are proud to present Dayana at Sun Pacific with this award for doing such an amazing job all month long! Our team brought her a special treat and an award to recognize her hard work and dedication! While they were there, here is what her supervisor, Patty Richardson had to say..

“Dayana is a quick learner, extremely helpful and an overall asset to our company. She displays confidence and professionalism and represents our brand well. She deserves to be Employee of the Month!”

Who will be EOTM in July? If you are part of the Hire Up staff, IT COULD BE YOU!

Congratulations to Valerie – Visalia’s EOTM for May


We’d like to take a moment to recognize our Hire Up client Employee of the Month selection for May, Valerie of Cal-Tex Transportation. She was chosen as the top performing employee out of the entire Visalia area. We are so proud to have her be a part of our extended Hire Up family.

Here is what her supervisor had to say: “Valerie has been a great addition to our team. You can tell that she really wants to work. She is eager to learn and a hard worker.”

Sending out a huge thanks from all of us at Hire Up Staffing  — Thank you for setting the bar so high Valarie!

Congrats Samantha — Fresno EOTM for May


This month’s search for EOTM was a tough one, as we had so many great candidates to choose from! After reviewing all employees there was one star that shined brighter than the rest. Introducing Samantha of Urology Associates!

Here is what her manager had to say: “Congratulations in being chosen as Employee of the Month! Your hard work and dedication should be rewarded. I am very happy to have you as part of our team.”

Samantha, thank you for doing such a great job while representing Hire Up Staffing!