Craig McArton, executive vice president and COO of Fabick Cat, thanks the customers and employees of Fabick Cat for attending.
Fabick Cat, one of the oldest and most successful Caterpillar dealers in the world, according to the company, serves a six-state region that includes major portions of Missouri and Illinois, one county each in Kansas and Oklahoma, the entire state of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The company is celebrating its centennial anniversary throughout 2017 with several different customer, community and employee events, including an open house that took place at its St. Louis headquarters on July 28. The event began at 10:00 a.m. with community, charity and antique tractor displays. In addition to enjoying a lunch buffet, the roughly 1,500 guests in attendance could take a guided tour of the sprawling facility, check out vintage equipment, learn more about local charity organizations and even meet with St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues alumni.
The day's festivities were capped off in a very special and meaningful way with the Fabick family surprising six of the company's charitable partners with a $100,000 donation each to commemorate Fabick's 100 years in operation. The organizations honored were:
1. The MASTERS:
Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Society — providing financial aid for a trooper's immediate surviving family member (wife or husband) and children if he or she is killed in the line of duty.
2. St. Louis Police Foundation:
Supporting the difficult work of the St. Louis Metropolitan and St. Louis County Police Departments through the donation of funds, goods and services.
3. SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital:
Helping make the delivery of exceptional health care, in state-of-the-art facilities, available to all children in need of care.
4. Boy Scouts of America, Greater St. Louis Area Council:
Helping train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities and educational programs.
5. Wings of Hope:
An aviation non-profit delivering humanitarian programs around the globe to lift people in need towards self-sufficiency.
A non-profit organization that awards Segways to severely injured veterans to help solve mobility issues in a manner which is both psychologically uplifting and physically beneficial.
“For 100-years, Fabick Cat has supplied equipment and services that help make progress possible and improve the quality of life in our communities,” said Doug Fabick, Fabick Cat CEO. “Since 1917, our motto has always been, 'To Ever Serve Our Customers Better.' To this day, these words remain the foundation of our success.”
Company President Jeré Fabick emphasized that commitment to service also applies to community support.
“As a family-owned business spanning five generations, Fabick Cat has a long history of giving back, and we are honored to affirm this deep commitment to our community by making this $600,000 contribution to our charitable partners.”
Continuing its centennial celebration on July 29, Fabick Cat also partnered with the St. Louis Cardinals to allow the first 30,000 fans to take home a Replica 1919 jersey, courtesy of Fabick Cat, when the St. Louis Cardinals hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks. 4,000 Fabick Cat employees and families, retirees, customers and friends were provided tickets to the game. In addition, as a special thanks to the St. Louis community, Fabick Cat sponsored Jersey night and fireworks at Busch Stadium. The game set an all-time attendance record.