On June 12th, we opened our office to family and friends for a cook-out, tours of our new facility, and a ‘Dunk A Department Head for Charity’ fundraising event. Five Department Heads took a seat in the dunk tank to raise money for the charity of their choice,. With an original goal of raising $2,500, we doubled it and raised over $5,000 thanks to everyone’s generous donations.
The event is F&V’s largest and most successful fundraising event and follows in the footsteps of last year’s Pie a Principal event, of which we raised 5x more money this year.
Learn more about our Department Heads’ charities and why they selected them:
Blair Selover – Operations Group Manager: Ed & Irene Fleis Education Fund
Why Blair selected his charity: My parents were both educators – my mother a teacher, and my father a trainer of water and wastewater operators – and it instilled in me that education is important. To commemorate them both, I selected this charity to give students a chance to better their educations. It’s a great thing that they’re doing.
About: The Ed and Irene Education Fund was created to increase the number of high school graduates to continue their education at a university or trade school and achieve a degree.
Paul Galdes – President: Samuel Omogo Foundation
Why Paul selected his charity: The Sam Omogo Foundation builds wells to provide clean water for impoverished people in Nigeria and is successfully reducing water-borne diseases in the area. Last year, I helped raise over $300 for the foundation, and hope to do better this year!
About: The Samuel Omogo Foundation was created in 2012 to foster the responsible development of clean sources for villages in Southeastern Nigeria.
Dave Bluhm – West Michigan Group Manager: Community Foundation for Oceana County
Why Dave selected his charity: This foundation supports the local communities of Oceana County and many of the communities that F&V works for.
About: The Community Foundation for Oceana County works with donors, advisors and members of the community for one common goal—making their community a stronger, healthier, more vibrant place to live.
Max George – Survey and GIS Group Manager: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
Why Max selected his charity: My son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 14, he currently has to spend in excess of $400/month on insulin, this organization is trying to find better treatment options and hopefully a cure for this disease.
About: At JDRF, we’re leading the fight against type 1 diabetes (T1D) by funding research, advocating for policies that accelerate access to new therapies, and providing a support network for millions of people around the world impacted by T1D.
Jon Parrish – Marketing Manager: Forgotten Man Ministries
Why Jon selected his charity: This organization provided my brother with a support system of positive and hopeful people while he attempted to fight off addiction.
About: Forgotten Man Ministries believes in the redemption, rehabilitation and restoration of inmates through Jesus Christ. We empower chaplains and volunteers to share hope and salvation with the “forgotten” men and women incarcerated in Michigan’s county jails.