I love to read stories about how companies reach out to help others in the community. It is nice to focus on the positives for a change and see the good that is happening all around us. Instead of sharing one of our technical write-ups this week, we decided that it would be a good change to focus on what some of our Associates have been doing to impact their local communities over the last year. Below are a few highlights:
- Our CMCO Lexington, Tennessee facility has a very active Relay-For-Life Team. Throughout the year, the team hosted several fund raising events and participated in the Relay for Life event by setting up a Columbus McKinnon campsite. The team consists of approximately eight members and is supported by the entire Lexington workforce in some means or another. In 2012, they raised approximately $4000 for Relay for Life. This charity was chosen because of the tremendous impact cancer has had on our CM family. Everyone has a friend, family member, co-worker or neighbor who has been touched by this horrible disease. This year’s Relay event was a huge success, surpassing all expectations. Our county was able to raise over $114,000 to go towards the cure for cancer. Thank you Anthony Maness for sharing this story with us!
- At our corporate office in Amherst, New York, the annual fundraiser efforts were for the Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Erie County. Their mission is to help at-risk children reach their full potential through professionally supported mentoring relationships and well trained volunteers. More than $10,000 was raised to benefit this local organization. The above photo shows Melissa Wikle, Tom Guagliardo, our representative from Big Brothers Big Sisters, as well as 2 participants in the program, LuGuan Rodgers (Big Brother) and Diante (Little Brother), and Otto Gretzinger. Thank you team for making an impact in the lives of these children & teens!
- Earlier this year you may have read about a team of two from Columbus McKinnon who completed a 100-mile “Century” bicycle ride around Lake Tahoe – to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Our team consisted of Rakesh Jobanputra, Cindy Dominske and Joshua Karczewski (Cindy was unable to join the team for the ride, but had a major role in fundraising efforts and support.) Above is a team photo of all the Western & Central NY Riders and Coaches. With the support of Associates and friends, our CMCO team was able to raise over $14,000! All of the support and donations will go a long way to help find a cure for blood cancers. The event itself raised over $5 million. Talk about making a difference!
- Last but not least, our team in Amherst raised more than $5,000 for the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. The above photo shows our team receiving a plaque from April Lucy in gratitude for our dedication to their cause. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make this event a success, especially our Event Chairs, Tom Green and Paul Smielecki.
We are grateful to all of our associates who have contributed their time and resources to such worthy causes!