Together we raised $46,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters

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:

3H Group Hotels
Adman Electric, Inc.
Air Conditioning Specialist, Inc.
Anatole Exteriors
Anderson Group Company, Inc.
Apel Steel
ARC Document Solutions
Asa Carlton Services, Inc.
B&W Granite and Tile
BB&T Huffaker Insurance
BE-CI, Inc.
BRK Services
Brock Insurance
Callahan Mechanical
CBL Properties
Ceramic Technics
Coates Electric of Wilmington, Inc.
Construction Systems
CORE Safety
Covenant Transport
Crowe Horwath
Doug Martin & Family
Duggan Contracting Corporation
Eldeco, Inc.
Evergreen Landscaping, LLC
First Tennessee
Front Runner
Fulmer Concrete
G. Ware Construction
G&P Masonry
George McKenna
H&H Brown, Inc./JBH Steel, LLC
Hayward Baker
Horizon Stone
Ideal Building Solutions
Industrial Air & Mechanical, LLC
Jenkins Masonry
Lawson Electric Co., Inc.
Lee Company
Lookout Pest Control
Lyndon Steel Company, LLC
Office Furniture Warehouse
Philip Augustino & Family
Pierre Construction
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Presley Electric
R. Chatfield Company
Ralph White Electric
Reliance Interiors, Inc.
Ron Jobe
Schaal Glass Co.
SECO Architectural Systems
Silvers Plumbing
Southeast Painters, Inc.
Vision Hospitality Group
Wesnic, Inc.
World Travel


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EMJ sponsors Make-a-Wish child’s trip of a lifetime

This spring, EMJ’s Dallas office was honored to help grant the wish of seven-year-old Daisy Perez, a Dallas resident, through Make-a-Wish.

Employees divided into teams and competed to raise funds. The two-month competition was led by team captains Ray Catlin, Executive Vice President, Ben Milner, Senior Vice President of Preconstruction, and Kevin Gass, Vice President of Construction.

“Team Ben” got a head-start by hosting a building-wide bake sale in the office lobby. Members of the team made various baked goods and raised nearly $800 by the end of the work day.

“Team Kevin” hosted a breakfast taco sale with tacos donated by Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, which raised nearly $400. Meanwhile, members of each team reached out to clients, partners and colleagues to see if they would donate to help grant Daisy’s wish.

A few weeks later, members of the office were invited to participate in Good Morning Texas to surprise Anthony, another local child, with his wish.

“Seeing a child’s wish granted really brought our fundraising efforts to life,” said Madison Latimer, Operations Accountant, who attended the televised event. “We saw how much joy it would bring to a child who has gone through so much.”


By the April 1 deadline, EMJ had far exceeded its $10,000 goal, reaching nearly $17,000 in donations.

On April 14, Daisy and her family flew to Orlando for a fun-filled week during which she visited Disney World, Universal Studios and Legoland— and of course, fulfilled her dream of meeting Belle from Beauty & the Beast.

“@EMJCorp This once-in-a-lifetime trip would not have been possible without you,” tweeted Daisy’s aunt, Patricia. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”


Daisy was featured on several outlets including E! News, Huffington Post and Good Housekeeping with photos from her emotional trip.

She was also interviewed on Fox 4 News about her overnight fame.

“My favorite part of going to Disney was getting to meet Belle,” Daisy said. “I also got to have ice cream for breakfast and eat lunch with all of my favorite characters!”

Finally, last Friday, Daisy and her family visited the Dallas office to share stories and pictures from their trip and show their gratitude. Daisy was greeted with signs, balloons and even a princess-themed photo booth.

Daisy and EVP Ray Catlin smile for the photo booth in EMJ’s Dallas office.

“It was so rewarding to have Daisy and her family in our office,” said Ray Catlin. “Working together for this cause has been a great experience for the team, and I believe EMJ’s partnership with Make-a-Wish is just beginning.”

It has evidently been a whirlwind two months for Daisy, and EMJ is appreciative to have been a part of it. A sincere thanks to our partners, colleagues and friends who donated to this worthy cause—we could not have done it without you.

To see more pictures from Daisy’s visit, visit our Flickr page, and to get your company involved with Make-a-Wish, visit

EMJ supports Make-a-Wish on WFAA’s “Good Morning Texas”


EMJ has partnered with Make-a-Wish to grant the wish of a local child, and on Wednesday, the team was invited to attend WFAA’s “Good Morning Texas” with other local participating companies.

Since 1982, Make-a-Wish has granted wishes of more than 270,000 children with life-threatening illnesses in the United States, providing hope, strength and joy to them and their families.


The feature primarily promoted the North Texas Walk for Wishes, a multi-city 5k fundraiser on Saturday, April 1st. But there was more than the walk to celebrate.

EMJers set up at American Airlines Plaza in grass skirts and leis to surprise 11-year-old Anthony, a local Make-a-Wish sponsor child, with his wish: a trip to Hawaii to learn how to surf. Anthony has a cardiac condition, and two Dallas residents, Dennis Baird and Conner Samuels, made his trip a reality.

“As a parent, when your child goes through something traumatic, you never know the outcome,” said Rebecca, Anthony’s mother. “It’s a great thing to see how far he’s come.”

Next month, EMJ will present its sponsor child, Daisy, with her wish, a trip to Walt Disney World to meet Belle— a direct result of their fundraising efforts.

To donate to EMJ’s team and help fulfill more wishes, visit our fundraising page, and see more photos from the event here.