Ingevity pledged over $10,000 to the Special Olympics, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the Ballard Bullets Athletic Club in the month of August. Additionally, employees from Ingevity’s Wickliffe, Ky., plant have volunteered with these nonprofit organizations in various ways:
On August 5, employees participated in the Paducah Big Brown Truck Pull benefitting Special Olympics Kentucky, an international program of sports training and athletic competition for people with intellectual disabilities. The facility generously donated $2,500 in sponsorship, and a team of 15 employees pulled an 18-wheeler UPS truck for 12 feet in support of the mission.
On August 19, employees participated in the JDRF One Walk at Noble Park in Paducah, Ky., to raise money for juvenile diabetes research. The facility donated $2,500 towards research which will make living with Type 1 diabetes safer and healthier. Kevin Dowdy, operator at Ingevity, stated, “I’ve been involved with the JDRF One Walk for several years. My son has diabetes. I know, firsthand, that research is required to find a cure for this disease. I’m proud to have company support in this year’s walk.”
Also in August, Ingevity made a commitment to donate $5,000 over a five-year period to the Ballard Bullets Athletic Club. The nonprofit organization provides opportunities for children in the community to participate in sports programs. “The plant’s support will go a long way,” stated Nathan Whipple, board member for the Ballard Bullets. “Studies show that kids who participate in youth sports programs develop and improve cognitive skills and sustain health benefits through regular physical activity. High school athletes are more likely than non-athletes to attend college, get degrees, and earn higher wages. And student athletes are less likely to use drugs or suffer from depression. Active kids perform better in school and in life.”
Pictured (l to r): Ingevity employee, Kevin Dowdy, and his son, Zach, present a check to JDRF
Ingevity employees pose in front of the UPS truck they pulled to raise dollars for the Special Olympics of Kentucky
Front row (l to r): Nathan Whipple of the Ballard County Bullets receives a check from Ingevity employees, Cody O’Neill, Jenny Buckman, Kevin Cunningham and Brian Overstreet. Back row (l to r): Ingevity employees Cindy Rollins, Rusty Fondaw and Mike Jones