West Point, GA – Building homes for two families in the Greater Valley area was the order of the day recently as Batson-Cook Construction and two other organizations teamed with Point University for its “Impact Day: Build the Walls” project.
Volunteers from Batson-Cook, Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project, CrossRoads Missions and Point University gathered on a Friday to cut wood, assemble walls and complete frames for the two houses. Volunteers manned 30 different stations to assemble portions of the frames with materials provided by Batson-Cook. The frames will be erected on the home sites at a later date.
“We are extremely excited to be working with Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project, CrossRoads Missions and Point University to address the need for affordable housing in the Valley area,” said Paul Meadows, a Batson-Cook project executive and life-long resident of the area. “Batson-Cook is celebrating its 100th year and we take pride in the fact that we are able to give back to the communities that we have called home for a century.”
Point University began “Impact Day” in 2008. Since that time students, faculty and staff have logged thousands of volunteer hours on a variety of community service projects in the Valley area. CFCP, a nonprofit organization, was formed in 2007 to build affordable housing and improve neighborhoods in the Great Valley area. Since that time, it has built more than 34 homes. CrossRoads Missions combines the principles of worship, service and discipleship to bring churches and individuals together for service and ministry opportunities.
West Point, Georgia – Batson-Cook Construction’s 10th annual Clays for a Cause sporting clays tournament reached a milestone this year as charitable donations since the inaugural event in 2006 topped $1 million.
This year’s event, which raised $177,000, benefited three Georgia-based charities: Children’s Village at Christian City in Union City; Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services in LaGrange and Columbus; and Loving Arms Cancer Care in Marietta. Nearly 500 people attended the tournament, presented by Batson-Cook’s West Point and Atlanta offices and held at Cherokee Rose Sporting Clays Resort in Griffin.
“Thanks to our generous sponsors – more than 200 companies in all - this is the largest amount our event has ever raised,” said Randy Hall, CEO of Batson-Cook. “Clays for a Cause has now donated more than $1 million dollars to charities in the last ten years.”
"The event was exceptionally successful this year due to the substantial support of ‘Expert Sponsors’ Faith Technologies of Atlanta and Batchelor & Kimball of Lithonia, and ‘Legacy Sponsor’ Graham and Turner Grading of Cartersville," Hall added.
A total of 445 shooters representing firms from Georgia, Alabama, Florida and North Carolina registered for the event. Andrew Thomas, a Batson-Cook employee shooting on the Universal Steel squad, won the event’s “High Overall” award with a score of 97 out of 100 clays broken.
Clays for a Cause is run entirely by more than 70 Batson-Cook employees from the company’s two Georgia offices. Since 2006, Clays for a Cause has donated more than $1 million to a variety of charitable organizations.
This year’s recipients were:
Christian City, which ministers to families but focuses primarily on the needs of abused and abandoned children, the aged, and infirmed by providing residential, health, and social services in a manner consistent with the Christian faith. The Christian City campus is a vibrant and active Atlanta retirement community as well as refuge for children without families of their own.
Loving Arms Cancer Outreach, which helps cancer patients with the financial and emotional burdens they face while getting well. Whether providing a comforting hug or counseling, fitting a patient with a new wig, or helping to offset the financial burden cancer often creates, Loving Arms supports patients and their families throughout their journey.
Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, Inc., which is guided by its mission “to provide programs and services designed to empower youth and families to reach optimum potential." Twin Cedars offers an array of youth and family services, both residential and community-based, in Central and West Georgia as well as East Alabama.
Batson-Cook Construction, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, builds a wide range of commercial projects for healthcare, industrial, manufacturing and private development clients throughout the Southeast. We have the heart of a family-owned general contractor with the reach of a global construction firm. We build with passion. We operate with integrity.
February 5, 2015 – A cold, drizzly morning did not deter nearly 200 shooters in this year’s Smoking Clays for Kids sporting clays tournament as they headed out to the courses with shotguns, shells and a single purpose: Raising money for ill and injured children at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Together, they helped the fourth annual tournament set new records in attendance, sponsorships and charitable donations . . . and the sun came out!
Smoking Clays for Kids 2015, founded and presented by Batson-Cook Construction’s Jacksonville Office and Adams Interior Contractors of Orange Park, Florida, raised $64,000 for Wolfson Children’s Hospital. With a 100-percent match from Baptist Health Foundation, this year’s donation to the hospital totaled $128,000.
“The commitment of our sponsors and team participants has enabled Smoking Clays to make a difference in the lives of patients at Wolfson. We are grateful for each of you here today and look forward to continue to partner with you on this mission to give back,” said Even Spradlin, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Batson-Cook Jacksonville.
“Support from sponsors was greater this year than ever,” said Jody Adams, founder and president of Adams Interior. “Many of our original sponsors have stood with us, and several new sponsors came on board in a big way this year. We couldn’t accomplish any of this without all of you.”
All funds from this year’s event were earmarked for the Liam Meyer Endowment for Pediatric Cardiology Intensive Care. Liam’s mother, Lindsey Meyer, stood with Michael Aubin, Hospital President of Wolfson, to accept the check from Spradlin and Adams.
The inaugural Smoking Clays for Kids event, held in 2012, was inspired by Adams Interior’s dream of starting a sporting clays tournament to benefit Wolfson, and Batson-Cook’s desire to assist the Mike Hulsey Family of Brunswick, Georgia, in showing appreciation for the extraordinary measures the hospital and its staff took to save the life of their fourth child, Ben. Smoking Clays, now an annual event, is held on the first Thursday of February at Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm in Graham, Florida. To date, the event has raised $227,000 for Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
Winners of the tournament were: Master Class, Dibble Roofing Team #2; A Class, Waterproofing Specialists; B Class, Adams Interior Team #2; C Class, Batson-Cook Team #1. The shoot-off between Bozard Ford and Dibble Roofing Teams #1 and #2 was won by Dibble Roofing Team #2.
One worthy cause, two corporate presenters, three special children and their families, and a host of generous sponsors, shooters and volunteers came together recently to set new records in attendance and charitable donations for Smoking Clays for Kids, a sporting clays tournament benefiting Wolfson Children’s Hospital of Jacksonville.
The tournament, presented by Batson-Cook Construction’s Jacksonville Office and Adams Interior Contractors of Orange Park, Florida, raised $53,000 for the hospital. Boosted by matching funds from Baptist Health Foundation, donations to the hospital totaled $87,800.
“Judging from the energy and excitement felt here today, Smoking Clays seems to have taken on a life of its own,” said Even Spradlin, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Batson-Cook Jacksonville. “We especially appreciate the support of our major sponsors – Archer Western, Century Ambulance, American Electrical, W.W. Gay Mechanical, and Miller Electric.”
Both he and Jody Adams, president of Adams Interior, thanked the sponsors, shooters and volunteers for giving generously of their time and money on the behalf of ill and injured children. “What we’ve accomplished together helps Wolfson continue to deliver a brighter, healthier future for children,” Adams noted.
Smoking Clays 2014 funds were designated as follows: Baby Ben’s ECMO Room, $14,800; the Marissa Ierna Endowment for Childhood Cancer Research, $20,000; and the Liam Meyer Endowment for Pediatric Cardiology Intensive Care, $53,000.
The donation made in “Baby Ben” Hulsey’s honor completed a pledge of $100,000 for the ECMO Room, and the donation to the Ierna Endowment represented a one-time gift. Both Ben and Marissa, along with Hospital President Michael Aubin, were on hand to accept the checks.
Lindsey Meyer, whose family established the Liam Meyer Endowment in memory of her son, Liam, stood with Aubin to accept the check. Smoking Clays has pledged to donate $100,000 to the Meyer endowment.
Managed by a committee of 11 members, with the assistance of some two dozen volunteers, Smoking Clays 2014 saw 161 shooters take to two courses to compete in a 100-round, 14-station tournament. All totaled, they fired 16,100 rounds of 12- and 28-gauge ammunition, with the winning team from each course meeting for a shoot-off afterwards. The Century Ambulance Team won the shoot off against the Dibble Roofing Team. Lewis Class Master, A, B and C winners, respectively, were: Century Ambulance, Antique & Modern Cabinets, Otis Elevator, and Archer Western Team #2.
The inaugural Smoking Clays for Kids event, held in 2012, was inspired by Adams Interior’s dream of starting a sporting clays tournament to benefit Wolfson Children’s Hospital, and Batson-Cook’s desire to assist the Mike Hulsey Family of Brunswick, Georgia, in showing appreciation for the extraordinary measures the hospital and its staff took to save the life of their fourth child, Ben. Smoking Clays is now an annual event held on the first Thursday of February at Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm in Graham, Florida. To date, the event has raised $163,000 for Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
Batson-Cook Construction, founded in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for healthcare, industrial, manufacturing and private development clients throughout the Southeast. We have the heart of a family-owned general contractor with the reach of a global construction firm. We build with passion. We operate with integrity.