Root for the home team Featured

7:00pm EDT November 25, 2009

When FIT Technologies Inc. co-founders Micki Tubbs and Michelle Tomallo get their hands on the hottest tickets in town, everyone benefits.

Tubbs, also the CEO, and Tomallo, who serves as executive vice president, are huge Cleveland sports fans. They have season tickets to the Browns, Indians and Cavaliers, and they often share their tickets with clients, vendors, employees and other groups. They frequently purchase additional tickets for playoff games and other marquee matchups to spread the wealth even more.

But it’s not just about dishing out free tickets. For Tubbs and Tomallo, it’s also about using their interest in sports to benefit local charities and other organizations.

During the 2009 NBA playoffs, when demand for Cavs tickets was extremely high, FIT’s leaders took advantage of the opportunity, raffling off tickets to staff and giving the proceeds to charity. The ticket raffles generated nearly $1,000 for four local charities.

Tubbs and Tomallo also donate tickets to area groups for use in their own fund-raising efforts. Last year, they donated a set of four Cavs playoff tickets to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The tickets raised more than $2,000 and helped send students on a field trip that they might have missed otherwise.

Tubbs and Tomallo have found other creative ways to get FIT Technologies involved with fund-raising for community organizations. Last year, a neighboring company contacted FIT to participate in an Idea Center charity cornhole tournament. With Tubbs and Tomallo spurring the effort — paying the $20 entry fee for teams, in some cases — every FIT employee participated. Tubbs went so far as to purchase several extra cornhole sets for the competition. With FIT’s participation, the tournament generated $1,500 for the City Mission.

Other organizations have benefited from FIT’s involvement in community causes, including the Animal Protective League’s Doggy Dollars and Kitty Coins campaign, to which FIT employees donated more than $200 this year. Tubbs and Tomallo have also been active in supporting the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood. Over the summer, Tubbs and Tomallo agreed to host more than 100 guests in their home as part of Beck Center’s Summer Socials party series. The event raised more than $7,500 for the center.

How to reach: FIT Technologies Inc., (216) 583-0733 or www.fittechnologies.com