This August Tuthill celebrated 125 years of being a family-owned, American-based manufacturing company. In honor of this milestone, Tuthill held a Walk-a-Thon for their cause partner, Team Rubicon. Each employee was given a goal to walk 1.25 miles during Tuthill's Spirit Week. Each location had a goal of 1.25 times the number of employees at that location. If all goals were met, Tuthill would donate $12,500 to Team Rubicon.
“For our 125th anniversary celebration, we wanted to find a way to rally employees around our cause partner, Team Rubicon,” Chad Gabriel, Director of Seismic Branding at Tuthill said. “The Walk-a-Thon was a fun and healthy way for us to work together towards a shared goal. Employees walked together and, not only met, but far exceeded the mileage goal we had allowing us to donate the full amount of $12,500.”
Tracks were marked in Tuthill’s Clearwater, Alsip and Burr Ridge’s locations either around or within the manufacturing plant. During their free time, employees gathered to march at lunch or on break. In Clearwater, Florida, employees proudly carried a Tuthill 125th Anniversary flag on each lap through the shop floor. In total, Clearwater walked 108 miles for Team Rubicon.
In Alsip, the plant divided into teams to walk miles. The night shift, aptly named "Night Spirit" contributed 40 miles alone, helping the plant blow away their goal with 160 miles for Team Rubicon. "Night Spirit really showed an awesome team effort!" Andrew Berwanger said. Tuthill Burr Ridge also walked 115 miles.
On Aug. 26, Team Rubicon attended Tuthill’s 125th party to collect the $12,500 donation. Kendall Bruton, Team Rubicon’s Region 5 Membership Manager, arrived. But before she was given the check, we asked her to make a sacrifice. A Dunk Tank awaited her and other Tuthill employees. For $5 anyone had a shot at hitting the target to take down the brave volunteer. All proceeds went to Team Rubicon. Tuthill’s CEO Tom Carmazzi faced the music first, with Jay Tuthill and others firing balls at the target. Tuthill also had a t-shirt sale with all proceeds going toward Team Rubicon.
"We are completely blown away by your generous donation," Kendall Bruton said. "The continued support that Tuthill shows Team Rubicon is nothing short of amazing."
"The funds support our volunteers' ability to conduct our core capabilities and to deliver quality outcomes for the survivors we serve. We strive to provide a means for our veteran volunteers to reunite with community, identity and purpose," said Jennifer Mangali, Senior Development Officer for Corporations and Foundation for Team Rubicon.