The Impact of Community Service

The Impact of Community Service

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!

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  • 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!

Gisela Clark
Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
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