Over the years, Southland Industries’ Southern California Division has continuously improved its commitment to giving back to the community through charitable efforts. In 2013, Southland Industries donated a generous amount of time and money and continued that trend into 2014. Towards the end of January, the division strengthened its relationship with the American Red Cross by hosting a blood drive. This event resulted in the donation of 29 pints of whole blood and double red cell, which is estimated to have helped save 87 lives.
Many of the employees at our division, including Southern California Division Leader Chris Taylor, also have a very special place in their hearts for the American Heart Association (AHA). The organization was one of three beneficiaries of our annual golf tournament in 2013 and will be one again when this event takes place in July 2014. On March 8th, the division donated $18,000 to the organization and participated in the AHA Heart Walk at Angels Stadium. Our donations have helped support AHA efforts such as life-saving research, education, advocating for better health, improving patient care and reaching populations at risk of heart disease and stroke.
The Southern California Division has always been committed to sponsoring industry events for a number of different charities and consistently unites with vendors and clients to participate in fundraising events. We recently held our 2nd Annual Poker Tournament, raising $2,000 for the Golden West College Foundation and another $2,000 for the Local Union 250 Annual Scholarship Fund. In the past, we have sponsored events such as the Kaleidoscope Ball held by the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, raising over $2.5 million to benefit the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute. And on May 19th, the division sponsored the McCarthy Golf Tournament, donating $5,000 to the St. Jude Memorial Foundation. On July 21, 2014, we will hold our 4th Annual Golf Tournament for a day of golf, food, prizes, and fundraising for the American Heart Association and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) Foundation.
Last year, our division collected over $1,700 in November for “Movember,” a campaign focused on men’s health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental health challenges. The Southern California Division held a contest to determine who grew the best “mo” and looks to participate in this entertaining, charitable event for years to come. Our 2013 community outreach culminated in philanthropic support for Orange County Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to communities in need. Overall, Southland’s impact on the community would not be possible without the support of our generous employees.