Led by the Ozark Expansion Team, about 80 Marathon Pipe Line (MPL) and Marketing and Transportation Engineering (M&TE) partners, consultants, contractors and vendors recently reached out in support of area communities – to the tune of about $42,000. The funds were generated by a combined clay shoot and nine-hole golf scramble at the Ozark Shooters Sports Complex and the Thousand Hills Golf Resort on April 17 in Branson, Missouri. The competitions were followed by dinner, awards and a raffle.
“I was overwhelmed by the response to the event,” said M&TE Engineering Supervisor Kerry Trombley, who coordinated the fundraiser. “More than half of our business partners made a donation, including several who were unable to attend. They knew it was for a good cause and wanted to help.”
Corporate citizenship is one of MPC’s core values, and the Ozark Expansion Team is committed to making a positive difference in communities where MPC has the privilege to operate, according to Trombley. “Since the Ozark Area – from Cushing, Oklahoma, to St. Louis, Missouri – is a new vicinity of operation for our company, we wanted to make a positive impact on it, too,” he noted.
Before divvying up the proceeds, the Expansion Team met with its partners, MPL employees who’d been operating the line, along with representatives of local United Way chapters, to determine where the need was greatest. After careful consideration, they chose two United Way Chapters and two other not-for-profit organizations from three states: United Way of the Ozarks (Springfield, Missouri); Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield (Missouri); Patches and Badges for Kids (Wood River, Illinois); and the Tulsa Area United Way(Oklahoma).
Although all four fundraiser recipients were certainly well-deserving, one in particular stood out for Trombley. “Patches and Badges for Kids brightens the lives of underprivileged children, enabling them to go shopping with local police officers, first responders and representatives of other area clubs and organizations at Christmastime,” he explained. “We learned our donation to the charity was more than their annual budget,” Trombley added. “It was amazing to make that big of an impact – and touching to see the emotional response from Brent Wells and Jessica Maddox, who head the organization.”
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