Findlay, Ohio,
04:18 PM

MPC Headquarters Kicks Off United Way Campaign


MPC chose a construction theme to celebrate the 2014 United Way Campaign Kickoff in Findlay, Ohio, to build on the flurry of construction activity surrounding the company's headquarters.

The theme of the Marathon Petroleum Corporation 2014 United Way Campaign kickoff was to build on the flurry of construction activity around the company’s headquarters complex as the theme for an entertaining day. The objective was to build awareness about United Way agencies in Hancock County, Ohio, and their importance in the community.

Through a pre-kickoff “Building for Bill$” event, a total of 20 teams received a standard kit of materials that they used to assemble a company-themed structure. The structures that received the most votes from employees – in the form of dollars – earned the right to be one of the 10 teams in the final competition.

At the kickoff event, employees enjoyed a picnic lunch, free ice cream, a chance to bid on some delicious desserts, and much more. All proceeds from the event went to the United Way of Hancock County. Coached along by employee kickoff emcees Carrie Harmon and Brandon Daniels, the 10 teams began by pooling their resources into two teams of to compete in a dance competition. Judged by a panel of “qualified” MPC executives, the winning team then split back into their five sub-teams to compete in a challenge to dress their assigned cardboard mannequin executive in appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

The top two teams then competed in the final round. The final-round teams were led by Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations, and Treasurer Tim Griffith; and Senior Vice President of Marketing Tom Kelley, who mounted tricycles in a race to pick up a total of five pieces of PPE. They returned one item at a time to their team, which then completed challenges designed to showcase coordination, tactical ability, and a fair amount of luck, in order to allow the tricycler to race to pick up the next item. The first team to get all of the PPE components and put them on one of their team members was deemed the winner.

Ultimately, it was ”Team Ramrod” that won the opportunity to give a $250 donation to the charity of their choice, Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Findlay, Ohio. The runner up, “MPL ES&R,” received $150 to donate to their chosen charity, Challenged Champions Equestrian Center. “The Dream Builders” also received $100 to donate to their charity, Open Arms, as a result of raising the most money in the Building for Bill$ contest.

A 50/50 raffle was won by Commercial Development Representative Jim Northrup, who donated the $418 proceeds to the United Way. “Many thanks to Sodexo, MPC’s Graphic Services, the members of the 2014 Kickoff Committee, and all the others who contributed their time and energy to make the event a great success,” adds Corporate Finance Manager Aaron Strahota, Kickoff Chairperson. “We raised a total of $7,184 at the Kickoff, which gets the campaign off to a great start.”