RIVERSIDE, CA – On Monday, November 27, 2017, Roorda, Piquet & Bessee, Inc. (RP&B CPAs), a premier, full-service accounting firm located in the Inland Empire presented a check for $13,368 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire (IE-BIGS). The check represented the 2017 fundraising efforts of several events hosted by RP&B. The firm held a craft show, engaged in penny warfare, teamed up for a bowling event and hosted a poker tournament to encourage employees, clients and colleagues to donate to the firm’s 2017 charity of choice. All totaled the funds raised for IE BIGS, generated friendly competition and camaraderie and provided an element of downtime otherwise filled with busy business schedules.

The firm has been giving back since inception. “As we were establishing the firm, my colleagues and I wanted to build a regional firm that was active in the community and giving back was part of the plan” noted Shareholder Emeritus, James Roorda. Starting with Kiwanis, the fundraising efforts have grown to include an annual designated charity and participation in several charities and business non-profits.

“The firm made it fun to participate and the entire firm was engaged in supporting us” commented Jennifer O’Farrell, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire. To celebrate the record in fundraising and to engage everyone in the check presentation, the firm hosted a pot-luck type chili cook-off luncheon. “Many times, the check comes in the mail. RP&B throughout the year has shown that they are part of the fabric of our communities and are committed to being a leader through this private and non-profit partnership. We are so grateful to have been selected this year. Together we are making lasting change for under-served children” she concluded.

RP&B recently hosted the Judging Reception for the 2017 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards. “We recognize and appreciate that we lead rich lives because we live in and work in a vibrant, diverse community. It’s important that we do our part to foster our future leaders and provide direction and mentorship that will continue to contribute to the community” commented Managing Shareholder, Michael Kouyoumdjian, CPA.

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