Photo by Big Brother Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga
For as long as anyone can remember, EMJ’s Chattanooga office has partnered with its local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter. EMJ Founder Ed Jolley was passionate about the cause, and today, we continue the partnership through an annual fundraiser and bowling event.
This year, EMJ’s Chattanooga office raised $46,895 for the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters through Bowl for Kids’ sake.
Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga’s largest annual fundraiser and has been ongoing for nearly 30 years. All funds raised through this event go directly toward volunteer recruitment, matching of mentors and youth, and big/little support.
The Chattanooga office divided into eight fundraising teams led by team captains, Joey Barbeauld, Billy Kile, Jacob Mammen, Michelle Parker, Kurt Teasley, Joe Welch, Jonathon Woolsey, and Joe Woolums.
Team 5, led by Senior Project Manager Joey Barbeauld, raised the largest amount at a whopping $19,240. Steve Totzke, Project Manager, was our top individual fundraiser for the entire competition, raising $15,000 for the cause.
“I could not have done it without the generous support of many of the subcontractors we’ve built relationships with over the past year, specifically on our Lidl stores,” said Totzke. “I am grateful that they were so willing to join in for this worthy cause.”
Bowling teams from local companies, community supporters and friends all rolled in to Spare Time Hixson to compete and show their team spirit. Many “Bigs” and “Littles” joined in the fun as well. In all, over 300 bowlers and many sponsors helped make this a record-breaking year, enabling BBBS to support 105 new matches.
“A special thanks to the employees of EMJ Corporation who were instrumental in making the event a huge success,” BBBS officials said.
Way to go, EMJ Chattanooga! You are changing lives in your local community, and thank you for representing the corporation as “people serving people.”
While the EMJ team was instrumental in the success of this fundraiser, we couldn’t have done it without the generous donations from our clients, partners and colleagues. Thank you to the following donors:
During the holidays, we make an extra effort to give back—but this year, EMJ’s efforts began even earlier in the wake of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
EMJ employees from all offices raised nearly $2,500 for relief efforts, which was matched by EMJ Corporation.
As a result, more than $5,000 was donated to the American Red Cross. All funds were presented to the organization in a brief ceremony on Friday, November 5.
The American Red Cross uses donor funds to provide shelter, food, and emergency support for individuals and families affected by the hurricanes—as well as assisting with recovery efforts to get those impacted back on their feet.
In addition to fundraising, several EMJ employees traveled to Houston and surrounding areas to aid in recovery efforts. The Dallas office also hosted an emergency blood drive for the building through the Red Cross.
Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm which landed on the southeast coast of Texas on August 25, devastated coastal cities with extreme flooding in Texas and Louisiana.
Hurricane Irma followed shortly after, hitting several Caribbean islands on September 6-9 before directly hitting the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm and traveling up through Florida.
Hurricane Maria landed in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane on September 20, before churning northward into Turks and Caicos.
To learn how your organization can get involved with hurricane relief efforts, visit redcross.org.