WEST POINT, GA (November 9, 2017) – Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of 43 veterans, their guests, and a host of Batson-Cook Construction employees who participated in today’s Veterans’ Day “Honor Bus Tour” to the National Infantry Museum in Columbus.
Today marked Batson-Cook’s ninth annual “Honor Bus Tour” – a day-long trip from West Point to Columbus that includes a guided tour of the National Infantry Museum (NIM), a buffet lunch, a movie about D-Day and the Normandy invasion, lots of time for veterans to share memories, and a huge outpouring of respect and appreciation from the Batson-Cook employees on the tour, active duty soldiers, and NIM staff.
The 43 veterans – some from as far back as World War II – and their guests gathered at Batson-Cook’s West Point office for a continental breakfast before boarding a chartered coach for the ride to Columbus.
NIM is dedicated solely to the American infantryman’s journey to defeat tyranny around the globe. The museum boasts 1,845 historic artifacts on display from its collection of more than 29,152 items; 38 immersive walk-throughs, interactive kiosks and guest-triggered videos; and 42 individual monuments, including the Vietnam Memorial Plaza and WWII Company Street.
Batson-Cook organized the first “Honor Bus Tour” in 2009, the year in which it completed construction of the 190,000-square-foot museum. Project Manager Travis Evans, who was assigned to the 33-month-long project, was inspired to create this event for veterans because he was deeply moved by two things during the construction process: the developer’s commitment to make NIM one of the nation’s leading military history destinations, and the incredible contribution of the American infantryman throughout history. The result was the “Honor Bus Tour,” which to date has provided a memorable and moving experience for the nearly 375 veterans who have participated.
Atlanta, Georgia (April 21, 2017) – Batson-Cook Construction’s 12th annual Clays for a Cause charity sporting clays tournament raised $184,000 today for two nonprofit organizations: Loving Arms Cancer Center of Marietta, and Russell County Child Advocacy Center of Phenix City, Alabama. Some 550 people attended this year’s event, which was held at Big Red Oak Plantation in Gay, Georgia.
"We are so appreciative of the support we receive from our sponsors and participants to make this donation possible,” said Randy Hall, president and CEO of Baton-Cook, as the checks were presented to representatives of the nonprofits. “These two organizations make a difference in people’s lives every day and each has a personal tie to the Batson-Cook family. Helping them achieve their missions wouldn’t be possible without each of you and the Batson-Cook volunteers who contribute so much to this event each year.”
Indeed, Clays for a Cause takes a veritable army of sponsors, participants and volunteers to be a success. Consider the numbers for this year’s event alone:
1848 boxes of shells;
46,200 clay pigeons;
1,000-plus breakfast / lunch plates;
Untold gallons of water, juice, tea, coffee and soda.
Hall gave special recognition to this year’s Expert Sponsors: Batchelor & Kimball of Lithonia, and Graham & Turner Grading of Cartersville. Mark Traylor, training manager for Batson-Cook, served as chair of this year’s event, and Mandy Scott, office coordinator, was co-chair.
Since its founding in 2006, Clays for a Cause has raised $1,307,000 for six different charities.
About 2017 Clays for a Cause Beneficiaries
Loving Arms Cancer Outreach (Marietta, Georgia) 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.
Russell County Child Advocacy Center (Phenix City, Alabama) promotes multi-agency cooperation for the benefit of the child victims and non-offending families. It provides support/referrals, and advocates for child-sensitive investigation and swift prosecution of offenders. It also educates the public regarding the extent of child abuse, promotes public awareness and reporting of abuse, and serves as a resource to all citizens of Russell County regarding the dynamics and prevention of such abuse.
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.
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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.