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CBC Gives Back - Collects 1238 Cans of Soup for Food Boxes

December 14, 2015

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The CBC Employee Christmas Party was held on Friday, December 11, 2015. The event was a brunch and featured an array of breakfast foods catered by CBC Director of Dining Services, Chef Jill McCollum, and was held in the CBC Dining Hall. The theme for the party was CBC Gives Back and highlighted some of the many organizations and charities CBC has been involved with in 2015. One organization that CBC employees have more than doubled its contribution from 2015 to 2016 to is the United Way. In 2015, CBC employees gave $2052 to United Way but have pledged more than $4180 to United Way in 2016. That came as a huge relief for the United Way Director Maret Cahill Wicks as they had lost a major donor and were needing to fill the shortage. CBC Employees each month participate in a Jeans Day to raise money for local charities. 

In 2015, employees have donated or raised money for the following charities: The C.A.L.L., Community Action Program of Central Arkansas (CAPCA), Boys & Girls Club of Faulkner County, Salvation Army, Stuff the Bus, Deliver Hope, and The Women's Shelter of Central Arkansas. As another way to give back, CBC employees were asked to bring soup cans and CANstruck a centerpiece for their table at the Christmas Party. The cans were to be donated to CAPCA, a local food bank in Central Arkansas. 

More than 650 soup cans were collected at the luncheon and added to 588 cans already collected through Jeans Days for a total of 1238 cans. CAPCA will be putting together holiday food boxes and distributing them in the community before Christmas. Two CBC employees were recognized for going above and beyond their duties at CBC and giving back to CBC. Paula Bender received the CBC Fred award (based on the book Fred Factor) for excellence in her position in providing disability support at CBC. 

CBC Softball Coach Kristen Drage received the C.A.R.E (Create a Rare Experience) award for her recruitment efforts at a Dallas, Texas softball camp. The program ended with a special thanks to employees for their community involvement and their service to CBC. Not only do many employees give to their community but they also give to CBC through the Vision 2020 Campaign, the Mustang Club, gifts to memorial and endowed funds, the Buy A Brick program and more.

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