Anyone for a round of golf? I think we would have a few takers especially if it were to benefit a charity. Our Columbus McKinnon Damascus, Virginia Operations recently sponsored the first of what we hope will become an Annual Charity Golf Tournament to support the Justin Foundation.
What is the Justin Foundation?
The Justin Foundation is named after Justin Ernest Hamby who died on September 28, 2002, at the age of 19. Justin had a difficult time in school due to a learning disability and was trying very hard to “fit in” somewhere. Despite having a supportive and loving family, Justin made a bad decision one night and died from a fatal dose of methadone. The mission of the foundation is to reach out to youth in our community, just like Justin, who may be struggling and need guidance and support during the difficult teenage years.
“The Justin Foundation really called out to us. Being a small community, many people knew Justin and his family and some of our employees had family members or friends who had received support from the Justin Foundation,” according to Michael Pinson, Human Resources Manager for Columbus McKinnon Damascus, Virginia Operations.
Of Special Mention
The Columbus McKinnon Associates pictured above are playing at one of the holes sponsored by Blood Assurance. We recently held a blood drive at our plant for their benefit. All the golfers had a great time while raising a lot of money and awareness for an important cause. After everything was tallied up, we raised approximately $3,750 for the Justin Foundation.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed their time and resources to make this event successful, especially the following local businesses:
Airgas Mid America, Alcorn Industrial Inc., Allstate Insurance, At Work, Atlas Gear Company, Blood Assurance, Bristol White Sox, Comfort Systems USA, Earle M Jorgensen Co., Electrocraft, Food Cuty, G&K Services, Hamby Insurance & Financial Group LLC, Industrial Tool Services, Inc., J&B Janitorial Services, Kwik Kafe Of Tri-Cities, M S C Industrial Supply Corp., Master Gage & Tool Co., Master Model Craft Inc., Murphy, Inc., Office Place, Special-T- Manufacturing Corp, Triad Packaging Inc., and Virginia Highlands Community College.
Special thanks to Michael Pinson for sharing the story!