Case Construction Equipment named Hubbard Construction the winner of the Case Community Challenge. The program recognized construction contractors for supporting their local communities with significant community service projects.
Hubbard Construction, Winter Park, Fla., received the award for donating labor, materials and the use of equipment in helping build 28 “mud volleyball” courts for the 19th Annual Mudd Volleyball Challenge for the March of Dimes. The event was held in Orlando, and attracted the participation of 164 teams from all over the state of Florida. The tournament raised approximately $165,000, including matching grants, for the March of Dimes Central Florida Chapter.
Hubbard donated the use of a wheel loader, two excavators, a dump truck, water trucks and electric generators in preparing the eight-acre event site. Crews from Hubbard also set up a stage, a mobile office and a 260-ft.-long tent at the site that served as hospitality headquarters for teams raising $1,500 or more. The project required a few weeks of site preparation and another week to restore the site following the event.
As grand prize winner of the Case Community Challenge, Hubbard Construction received one year’s free use of a Case 580N backhoe/loader. In addition, Case made a $5,000 cash donation to the March of Dimes.
“Case congratulates Hubbard Construction and all of the contractors who were nominated for the Case Community Challenge award,” said Jim Hasler, vice president, CNH Construction. “These contractors provide outstanding examples of community service, and they testify to the important role that the construction industry plays in every town and city throughout North America.”
“Hubbard Construction is honored to receive this award, and pleased with the recognition it brings to the annual March of Dimes Mudd Volleyball Challenge,” said Ray Birko, equipment manager. “We not only provided equipment and services to prepare and restore the event site, we also sponsored four volleyball teams in the tournament. It’s a great event for a great cause.”
Semifinalists for the Case Community Challenge award received a $1,000 CNH parts and service reward card, and the charities their projects supported received a $1,000 donation from Case. Semifinalists were:
• Michael O’Keefe Ltd., Windsor, Ontario, for its work in developing Canada’s first Miracle League baseball field for special-needs athletes in the southern Ontario town of Amherstburg. O’Keefe used a fleet of Case excavators, crawler dozers and loader/backhoes to provide drainage, sub-base, base and final grading for 25 acres of the site.
• Evergreen Remodeling, Corbett, Ore., for contributing labor and equipment toward the construction of Corbett High School’s football stadium, dedicated to the memory of Jeff Lucas, a Corbett High graduate and U.S. Navy Seal killed in action in 2005 during service in Afghanistan.
• Creekside Lawnscapes, Marilla, N.Y., for installing new underground power cable to provide upgraded electrical service throughout Camp Greene. The camp is used by the New York District Royal Rangers, an adventure program and local ministry designed for boys and young men ages 5- to 17-year olds.
• Reames Concrete, Valdosta, Ga., for participating in the Second Annual week-long Freedom Build, organized by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Habitat for Humanity. A complete home was built to honor the U.S. military and those who lost their lives in the September 11. Reames Concrete excavated and poured the concrete foundation and driveway for the home.
• Seneca Landscapes, Wake Forest, N.C., for donating labor, materials and the use of equipment in helping build the first “green-certified” home built in Raleigh by Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, N.C. Seneca designed and installed landscaping that helped create a resource-efficient home.
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