Breaking records and great beginnings
Members of the United Way Committee at Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s (MPC’s) Robinson, Illinois, refinery presented their 13th annual golf outing in July at Quail Creek Country Club, netting over $110,000 for United Way of Crawford County.
“That’s an increase of about $12,000 over last year’s results,” notes Chase Keffer, advanced HR consultant, who has organized the tournament for the last three years. “We also had another record-breaking year in terms of participation, with 124 four-person teams taking part,” he adds. “Last year we couldn’t accommodate all those who wanted to participate.
“Close to a hundred refinery vendors and contractors took part, some coming from as far away as Louisiana and Pennsylvania,” notes Art Baker, global procurement manager for the Robinson refinery and chair of its United Way Committee. “Those who couldn’t make the tournament participated as well, putting money down for a good cause.”
Baker met with each foursome at one of the holes, gaining instant feedback. “A consistent message was that it was one of the better-organized golf tournaments in which they’d ever participated,” he notes. “The rounds went smoothly and quickly; a lot of fun was had by all.”
“The MPC golf outing represents both employees and contractors in terms of community commitment,” adds Keffer. “Giving back is a vital aspect of MPC’s day-to-day operations. It is essential to how we do business.”
More than a dozen employees from MPC’s Marine Transportation team gathered at the Silo Golf Course in Lavalette, West Virginia, on May 25 to prepare for their first-ever golf tournament. By the end of the day, Marine had raised $50,000 through the one-flight event, with proceeds going to the United Way of Northeast Kentucky.
Marine Transportation Manager Todd Sandifer suggested the fundraiser on behalf of the management team, and Marine’s Community Relations team ran with the idea. “We are trying to support the United Way in ways more consistent with the rest of the company,” notes HR Consultant Adrian Pringle. “Having partnered with Findlay (Ohio) and Catlettsburg (Kentucky) in golf outings, we know they’re a proven fundraising formula. The tournament provided networking opportunities, along with a chance to be our own fundraising entity – and it was fun.”
“A primary goal of the Community Relations Team is to reach out to and help those in need,” adds Ruby Deerfield, senior administrative assistant for Marine and the golf outing’s coordinator. “We had a great response, a great day and a great time.”
Invitations went out to vendors, suppliers, contractors and others with whom Marine works closely. Twenty-nine teams took part, comprised of 116 golfers, with 38 of them representing Marine.
“The United Way helps us improve quality-of-life through a range of community-betterment initiatives, and that support comes full circle,” Pringle adds. “The better the community, the better the company we’re able to be.”