JHE’s “people first” approach has no greater platform than Golfing 4 Good. Born five years ago to aid a close member of the JHE family, the organization’s heart and compassion is evident by the $160,000 raised since the tournament’s inception.
At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 20 teams teed off at the Cabarrus Country Club in Concord, North Carolina, for the 2015 Golfing 5 Good.
The fifth-annual event was marked by a year of record-setting “firsts.”
For the first time, Golfing 4 Good chose to support three beneficiaries. For each of these beneficiaries, the funds raised will alleviate some financial burden for the adversities they face.
Abbey Roney, a precious nine-month-old born Jan. 20, 2015, with a condition of spina bifida. With her unforgettable blue eyes, Abbey battled hydrocephalus and also endured five surgeries within three weeks of being born. The niece of JHE’s Natalie Epperly attended Golfing 4 Good with her mother, Stephanie Roney, and grandparents, Karen and Dennis Webber.
Barb Huffman was a long-time employee of JHE and a person one could count on for a kind word or good conversation. Her son, Grayson Huffman, tragically passed away nearly a year ago. To honor his spirit of caring and love for others, the Grayson C. Huffman Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to provide academic financial support to aspiring young athletes and automotive excellence enthusiasts.
For more than eight years, David Short has been JHE’s go-to resource as a part-time truck driver. The seasoned driver has worked on every aspect of the business from opening ceremonies to experiential activation tours and more. Now, David is facing the final stages of cancer.
For the first time in its five-year history, Golfing 4 Good raised $41,760, which is $11,000 more than the prior year. JHE completely funds the tournament so that 100 percent of its proceeds can be donated directly to the selected beneficiaries.
Long-time partner, Kathryn Meyer with Party Reflections, scored the final “first” for the 2015 Golfing 4 Good. The senior account executive scored a hole in one on number 5. This is the first hole in one in the tournament’s history.
Without the support of dozens of sponsors, partners and friends, Golfing 4 Good could not serve the extraordinary need. Please join us in thanking the following supporters: Sprint, GGT, NASCAR, Coca-Cola, ECM, Penske Truck Leasing, Party Reflections, FS1, TDS, Sunbelt Rentals, Daytona International Speedway, Coors Light, Meadows & Kelley P.A., V2, Alpha Canopy and Mobile, DSS Inc., Motorsports Designs, Trailers of the East Coast, Charlotte Motor Speedway, ScreenWorks, Porsche, McMahon Truck Leasing, Miller Lite, Pocono Raceway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Wells Fargo, Bobby Lutz, Craig and Evelyn Stone, EHM Equestrian LLC, Courtyard Marriot, Blackfinn Restaurant, Nashville Scene, Charlotte Checkers, Mark Waterman, Chevrolet, Ingersoll Rand, David and Diane Meadows, Speedway Motorsports Inc., Patrick and Jan Jenkins, Charlie and Barb Huffman, Accounting Technology Solutions, Bristol Motor Speedway, AFR Furniture Rental, Stacy Lesley DDS, Tom Wendz, Donna Rizzuto, Rocky River Coffee, Ink On Paper, Circle K, Mackenzie Huffman, Charlotte Hornets, Sam Bass, Freightliner, Dennis and Karen Weber, Traditions Golf Management, Potter and Company PA, Texas Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Appalachian State University and GoPro Motorplex.
Special thanks to JHE’s Erin Nosker for organizing the record-setting 2015 Golfing 4 Good.
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Five years ago, members of JHE displayed a tremendous amount of heart and compassion for one of their own. Armed with conviction to assist, Golfing 4 Good was born.
Since then, the annual event has benefitted four extraordinary individuals or groups with an estimated $140,000. The 2015 golf outing is no different with the exception of three heart-felt stories that compel us forward.
Members of our JHE family are facing adversity and need our help.
Natalie Epperly’s niece, nine-month-old Abbey Roney was born Jan. 20, 2015, with a condition of spina bifida called myelomeningocele. Myelomeningocele is a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth. In addition, she also had hydrocephalus, a condition in which the primary characteristic is excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain, and Chiari malformation type 2. Born six weeks early at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Vanderbilt, Abbey has demonstrated what “fight” really means. Enduring five surgeries within three weeks of being born and overcoming a lung condition, Natalie says of Abbey, “She is a fighter. She has come through each of these surgeries with resilience and spunk and is showing her own personality.”
Nearly a year ago, Barb Huffman, a former JHE employee, received the worst possible news a mother could hear. Her son had tragically passed away while attending school at Appalachian State University. To honor his spirit of caring and love for others, Barb and her husband, Charlie, started the Grayson C. Huffman Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund was established to provide academic financial support to aspiring young athletes and automotive excellence enthusiasts.
For more than eight years, David Short has been JHE’s go-to resource as a part-time truck driver. The seasoned driver has worked on every aspect of the business from opening ceremonies to experiential activation tours and more. Now, David is facing one of his biggest obstacles and yet still teaches us how precious life is as he battles the final stages of cancer. Eddie White, a friend and colleague of David’s said, “He is a good friend to a lot of people at JHE. He’s a great person to work with, hardworking and would give the shirt off his back to help.”
By participating in the 2015 Golfing 4 Good tournament on Oct. 13 at the Cabarrus Country Club, your support will alleviate some of the associated financial burdens and remind each person how loved they are by this community.
To participate, please visit http://jhegolfing4good.eventbee.com to register for a team sponsorship, an individual player or for tee sponsorships.
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Last night, JHE held its annual “Dog and Pony Awards” award show at the Fillmore Charlotte. A chance to recognize our exceptional team, employees and their families came together to reveal some of the best moments of the year. Read on to find out who took home the 2014 honors as voted on by the employees:
The Unsung Hero Award recognizes a person that simply makes things happen every day without much fanfare.
2014 Winner: Michael Ann Gosby
Why? For the past 9 years, Michael Ann has filled the role of travel manager with a smile on her face. With a positive attitude, she coordinates all aspects of travel for JHE’s 81-person team that travels to 48 states a year with perfection.
The Bert Award, named after Jay’s dog, signifies a person that continually displays loyalty to the JHE company and people.
2014 Winner: Paul Nolasco
Why? Since 2008, Paul has demonstrated loyalty to JHE’s mission and its people, both internal and external. His dedication to making memorable moments happen made him the perfect reception for this award.
The Vision and Passion Award honors an individual that continually goes above and beyond to ensure our products and client service are excellent.
2014 Winner: Natalie Epperly
Why? Natalie has a reputation for doing whatever it takes to make the client’s wish happen. She goes above and beyond to help both clients and employees and has been a star employee since 2005.
The Best Save Award honors the action(s) that were implemented to rescue an event or activity from having a really bad day.
2014 Winner: Gary Dozier & Michael Streetman with FOX Sports 1
Why? As a company built on a “get it done no matter what” mentality, there are few times that ever evoke a true feeling of despair. Standing on pit road during the Daytona 500 trying to get rid of an incredible amount of “stuff” led to that feeling. With every JHE flat surface with wheels filled to (and beyond) capacity, the team was left with four sticks of truss and 18 8-foot crowd barriers to still get off the track. At just that moment, Gary Dozier and Michael Streetman appeared with the new J-Stage and, luckily, it was empty. Before they knew what hit them, they were towing a stage full from deck to ceiling off the track. In true JHE fashion, the show went on without a hitch.
The Goose Bump Award isawarded to a JHE event moment that created “goose bumps” for the JHE team and the audience.
2014 Winner: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Intros
Why? The only way to make NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race introductions more difficult was to add a live musical component. So that is exactly what they did. With no additional time allotment, JHE built off the 2013 stage concept and added a Jake Owen live concert to make the 2014 show one of the most talked about NASCAR moments of the year.
To see all the nominees, click here.
Other memorable moments from the night included…
Recognizing JHE Loyalty: At JHE, people come first. Jay Howard was thrilled to recognize Ashley Dempsey and Ryan Williams for their 10 years of service to JHE with a black bus trophy and a personalized JHE guitar. Congratulations!
The Newest Family Members: Jay Howard welcomed the newest additions to the JHE family: Parker Furman Dempsey, son of Ashley & Sean; Harper James Gajewski, daughter of Jeff & Keri; Caroline Bennett Long, daughter of Drew & Katie; Roxie Jade McMahan, daughter of Larry & Erin; and Forest Wilkinson Rogers IV, son of Meredith & Tripp. Howard presented each proud parent with a $1,000 certificate of deposit for their child’s future education.
A Truck Rodeo: Terry Hodges took the stage to announce the winner of the annual truck rodeo, a challenging skills test for each JHE driver. Matt Vaz came in third place, Greg Smith took second place and William Navey was announced the winner. Congratulations to William who walked away with the cash pot.
To view more photos from the awards click here and photos of the employees and their families click here. Click through to view previous 2012 and 2013 "Dog & Pony Award" recipients.
Congratulations to all the 2014 winners!
Dog & Pony Awards, Michael Ann Gosby, Paul Nolasco, Natalie Epperly,Gary Dozier, Michael Streetman, NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, opening ceremonies, Ashley Dempsey, Ryan Williams, Jeff Gajewski, Drew Long, Larry McMahan, Meredith Rogers, Greg Smith, Matt Vaz, William Navey, Truck Rodeo
On Tuesday, Oct. 14, JHE employees, partners and vendors joined together to support the fourth annual Golfing 4 Good tournament at Cabarrus Country Club.
Eighteen teams participated in the day’s shotgun-style tournament. Team Deuce of Hazards(DSS) Jeremy Dixon, Joel Stone, Chris Epperly and Jason Wells, took home the win and were awarded tickets to an upcoming show of their choice, courtesy of the Fillmore Charlotte and four $100 gift cards to Dicks Sporting Goods, courtesy of Penske . Team Sprint, Chad Willis, Rob McKinney, Troy Yarborough and Madison Martin, won second place and received Govino wine glasses and a $50 gift card, courtesy of Classic Party Rentals, in addition to four Charlotte Motor Speedway-branded apparel items.
Patrick Rogers won the Putting Contest presented by DSS, taking home a Sonicare toothbrush, courtesy of Dr. Stacey Lesley. Closet to the Pin presented by the Charlotte Checkers on hole no. 12 was awarded to Paul Clark who took home a Charlotte Checkers prize pack and putter. The Longest Drive presented by the Charlotte Hornets on hole no. 18 was won by Rob McKinney who received a $200 gift card to the new Bobcats Team store. Hole no. 15 hosted the Bert Challenge; Jay Howard had four chances to put his shot closer to the pin than each team for a $20 donation.
But the day’s real winner was the charitable cause supported by the annual tournament, the Lymphedema Advocacy Group. Created by JHE employee Brian Ferguson’s wife, Heather, after one of their twin sons, Dylan, was born with lymphedema, the nonprofit all-volunteer group fights for insurance coverage for medically necessary supplies for patients nationwide. The tournament raised more than $30,000 for the organization which will use the funds to educate and raise awareness about this incurable yet treatable disease.
The Golfing 4 Good tournament started in 2011 when the JHE family rallied around one of its own in need. Since then, the annual tournament has raised more than $120,000 for four different beneficiaries close to the company’s heart. JHE funds the tournament 100 percent so all funds can be donated to the selected charitable cause.
Thank you to our partners, vendors and employees who made this day possible!
Golfing 4 Good, Giving for Good, Heather Ferguson, Brian Ferguson, Lymphedema Advocacy Group, Cabarrus Country Club, DSS, Sprint, Miss Sprint Cup, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte Checkers, Jay Howard
“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” – Arthur Ashe
At JHE, giving back to both its internal and external family continues to be the essence of its success. In 2011, the family rallied together to develop Golfing 4 Good, a JHE-funded golf tournament that benefits members of the JHE family and local community who are dealing with adversity in their life.
Since its inception, the tournament has provided funds to cover medical costs for an employee’s girlfriend suffering from stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (2011); making a home wheelchair-accessible for an employee’s father who survived a critical all-terrain vehicle accident (2012); and to cover medical costs for an employee’s mother-in-law suffering from stage 4 breast and bone cancer. Through its efforts, JHE has raised a total of more than $90,000 for the Golfing 4 Good recipients.
This year, the tournament will benefit the Lymphedema Advocacy Group. The organization was founded by JHE employee Brian Ferguson’s wife, Heather, after their son Dylan was born with idiopathic congenital primary bilateral lower body lymphedema. Lymphedema is an incurable but treatable medical condition caused by injury, trauma or congenital defects in the lymphatic system. The most common cause of lymphedema is cancer treatments that remove or damage lymph nodes, making it one of the most significant survivorship issues. The chronic and potentially debilitating condition causes severe swelling generally in the arms or legs and can result in infection, disfigurement, disability or even death if left untreated.
Lymphedema Advocacy Group’s mission is to advance lymphedema care in the United States by advocating for improved insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment. The all-volunteer organization works to increase awareness of and education about lymphedema among law makers, insurance providers and other relevant entities; supports attempts to improve health care coverage at both the state and federal levels; and encourages all members of the lymphedema community to become active participants in this process.
We invite you to join us for the fourth annual event Tuesday, Oct. 14 by sponsoring a hole, donating prizes or signing up to golf. For more information on participating or donating to the tournament, contact Erin Nosker at 704.455.8888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you there!
Golfing 4 Good, Giving for Good, Heather Ferguson, Brian Ferguson, Lymphedema Advocacy Group
During the month of August, Jacqueline Gafrarar led a school supply drive to benefit Cabarrus County children in need. This year’s drive was donated to Connect Christian Church’s Homeroom Hope event which assists families and teachers in Cabarrus County who find children and students without school supplies.
Accepting donations from businesses around the county, the church donated 750 backpacks filled with school supplies to the first children to pre-register. In addition, each registered child received a haircut, a new or gently-used outfit and medical screenings as well as a bag of groceries for their family.
The church also set up a teacher resource room for teachers in Cabarrus and Kannapolis City schools to help alleviate some of the school startup expenses for teachers.
“It’s great to see our company come together to support such a great cause,” said Gafrarar. “This program will help to alleviate a lot of financial strain on families in need as they send their children back to school.”
Giving for Good, Jacqueline Gafrarar, Homeroom Hope, Cabarrus County
Freedom School Partners has been a valued nonprofit partner of JHE’s for years. Continuing its tradition, JHE donated audio, video and run of show expertise to the annual Freedom School Partners Jubilee earlier this month.
“I was excited to lead the effort this year for the Freedom School Jubilee,” said JHE’s Dan Mott. “It’s wonderful to be a small part of a day that brings the kids such joy and happiness.”
Freedom School Partners is dedicated to engaging, educating and empowering children to succeed in school and in life through quality educational enrichment programs. The nonprofit organization provides quality summer programs for students in grades K-8 throughout Charlotte’s communities. The annual Freedom School Partners Jubilee unites 1,200 students that love to read, 150 college interns and 500 community guests while raising funds for the nonprofit organization.
“You guys are the heroes of Jubilee,” said Julie Attilus, development coordinator at Freedom School Partners. “It was a great privilege to get to know and work with you all!”
Freedom School Partners is dedicated to expanding the program to further benefit youth and strengthen the community of supporters for children and their education success. Click to donate or volunteer with the organization.
“Thank you for the incredible gift of Jubilee,” said Kate Shem, interim director of development and director of operations at Freedom School Partners. “It could not have gone better from your end. What a gracious team and professional job. Freedom School Partners serves children who most need and can least afford summer opportunities. Every dollar matters and your in-kind donation means thousands more dollars can serve children.”
Giving for Good, Dan Mott, Kate Shem, Freedom School Partners, Julie Attilus
For the second year in a row, a group of 20 employees helped repair shelter houses in the Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network (CVAN). The team assisted with repairs to a porch, yard work, cleaned inside, pulled up carpet and removed old paint during the full day of giving back.
“Words cannot describe how great the JHE team is,” said Rebecca Moffitt, assistant director at CVAN. “They rock and roll. They work with such joy and are so self-efficient, dependable and passionate. Their skill level is amazing. When they offered to volunteer again this year, we felt like we had hit the jackpot again!”
Since 1982, CVAN has been the place and voice for battered women and children. The nonprofit organization provides safety, shelter and support while actively working to end domestic violence in the community. The service offering includes a 24-hour hotline, shelters, peer advocacy/counseling, a walk-in center, children’s programs, court advocacy, support groups, teen programs, formerly battered women’s advocacy, transitional housing support services and community education.
“As a Cabarrus County resident, it is wonderful to see our entire team come together to support such an important local cause,” said a JHE employee.
If you would like to donate items or volunteer with the organization, click here.
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Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood which is why Carrie Ryan organized the annual JHE Production + American Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday, May 7. The Giving for Good event was a part of the nonprofit organization’s “Race to Save Lives” program which is aiming to save more than 600 lives.
Ryan, who has led the event for two years, tries to donate blood every eight weeks at the American Red Cross Huntersville Donation Center. “I think it’s a pretty easy way to give back,” she said.
Seventeen employees and family members visited the mobile blood unit and donated blood which will result in saving 51 lives.
Always a competitive group, Ryan added awards to this year’s donations. Kristin Thompson won “Fastest Donation Time” at 4:05 and Dan Mott won “Highest Iron Count” at 15.1.
“I am so grateful for everyone that donated,” said Ryan. “The American Red Cross is an amazing organization. I’m glad we’re able to help them achieve their goals while helping those in need.”
If you would like to donate blood or volunteer with the American Red Cross, click here.
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On April 8 and 9, the JHE family teamed up to volunteer at the Special Olympics of Cabarrus County as part of the organization’s “Giving for Good” program. A great cause, Natalie Epperly was thrilled to lead the volunteer efforts at the annual Cabarrus County Spring Games which included donating audio and staging equipment in addition to volunteers who helped coordinate the day’s activities.
Based out of Cabarrus County Schools, Special Olympics Cabarrus County serves more than 750 children and adults with disabilities throughout the county. Training and competition are offered in 16 sports as well as the Youth Athletes Program.
The Cabarrus County Spring Games attract athletes from around the county who compete in various track and field athletic events during the two-day event.
“The Special Olympics of Cabarrus County is a wonderful organization, and JHE was proud to work with them for the first time as part of our ‘Giving for Good’ program,” said Epperly. “The day was a huge success with more than 10 employees donating their time to make the games special for each child.”
Click here to donate or volunteer with the Special Olympics of Cabarrus County.
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Recently, 19 JHE employees gathered for the third year at Wings of Eagles Ranch to help with maintenance as part of its “Giving for Good” program. The ranch which is located on 88 acres in Cabarrus County specializes in therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with learning challenges. The process allows riders to increase their levels of concentration, patience and discipline while overcoming fear and developing trust.
Julie Alascio led the day’s efforts for the charity which she fell in love with many years ago when she volunteered there with her daughters. “It’s amazing to see just how much of an impact even one person can have on the ranch,” she said. The ranch struggles with exposure and relies solely on the efforts of volunteers to run it. Alascio’s hope is that JHE’s partnership with Wings of Eagles Ranch will continue to make an impact and help to spread the charity’s message.
Despite the weather, JHE made a dent in the ranch’s to-do list, including building a pathway at the entrance, a façade for the future camp registration area, benches for the climbing tower and zip line, and beginning the process of creating seating in the amphitheater.
The director at Wings of Eagles Ranch, Chris Cronin, looks forward to JHE’s visit every year and described the JHE team as “a lifesaver.”
Giving for Good, Wings of Eagles Ranch, Julie Alascio, Chris Cronin
Last night, JHE held its annual holiday party at the Fillmore Charlotte. The night is an opportunity for JHE to recognize its exceptional team and their families. The “Dog and Pony Awards” revealed some of the best moments of the year, as voted on by the employees. JHE is proud to announce the 2013 winners…
The Goose Bump Award isawarded to a JHE event moment that created “goose bumps” for the JHE team and the audience.
2013 Winner: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Driver Introductions
Why? The unforgettable moment went off without a hitch for one of the most memorable All-Star Race driver introductions to date. Jay Howard presented Ryan Baxter, Dan Mott, Matt Davis and Ryan Martin with the honor.
The Unsung Hero Award recognizes a person that simply makes things happen every day without much fanfare.
2013 Winner: Carrie Ryan
Why? Last year’s winner, Dan Mott, presented Ryan with the award for her dedication to the company and support of the graphics department.
The Bert Award, named after Jay’s dog, signifies a person that continually displays loyalty to the JHE company and people.
2013 Winner: John Autrey, Mary Griffin, Cody Kauffman and Kristin Thompson
Why? Last year’s winner, Brad Smith presented the first-ever four way tie to Autrey, Griffin, Kauffman and Thompson. Each was recognized for their loyalty to the JHE mission and culture.
The Vision and Passion Award honors an individual that continually goes above and beyond to ensure our product and client service are excellent.
2013 Winner: Matt Davis
Why? Last year’s winner, Terry Hodges, presented the award to Davis for his commitment to delivering on the JHE promise, “your vision, our passion.”
Other memorable moments from the night included…
Recognizing JHE Loyalty: JHE recognized team members who have demonstrated a loyalty to JHE by being a part of its success for multiple years.
The five-year service award, a blue bus trophy, was awarded to nine team members. The bus signifies a Jim Collins’ saying about having the right people on the bus in order to have a successful company.
Congratulations to the below team members who have been a part of JHE’s success since 2008.
The 10-year service award, a black bus trophy and personalized JHE guitar, was presented to Gary Dozier, Brad Smith and Ryan Baxter to recognize their achievements.
The Newest Family Members: Howard welcomed the newest additions to the JHE family: Hayden Drew Waple, daughter of Jonathan and Sarah; Hadley Brennan Epperly, daughter of Natalie and Chris; and Lucas Clay Raven, son of James and Rachael. He presented each proud parent with a $1,000 certificate of deposit for their child’s future education.
A Truck Rodeo: Terry Hodges took the stage to announce the winner of the annual truck rodeo. Brandon Lepisto came in third place, Matt Vaz took second place and John Sheppard was announced the winner. Sheppard walked away with a $100 prize for his accomplishment.
And The Winner Is… Howard gave employees a chance to win grand prizes last night in three drawings. The names pulled from the fishbowl were…
Evelyn Stone: Four tickets to the Avett Brothers concert at Time Warner Cable Arena Dec. 31
Amy Lilly: Four royal box tickets to a Charlotte Checkers game Jan. 2
Derek Lane: Two floor tickets, including access to the Hardcourt Club, at a Charlotte Bobcats game Feb. 8
A Live Performance: Attendees had “two tickets to paradise” last night when Eddie Money took the stage. The 80s rocker shared the stage with a band of JHE team members, including Jay Howard, Mike Mehesan, Jacob Meadows, Ryan “R-Dub” Williams, Joe Sullivan, Nathan Poirier, Steve Moore, Joel Mullis, Lisa Ward and Sarah Pelchat.
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The essence of JHE’s success is giving back to both its internal and external family. On Oct. 15, 2013, the JHE family came together for the third annual Golfing 4 Good tournament at Cabarrus Country Club and raised $31,875 for Isabelle Ledford, mother-in-law of JHE employee Charlie Roberts.
Ledford was diagnosed with stage 4 breast and bone cancer earlier this year. An avid outdoorswoman and chicken farmer by trade, Ledford has been forced to completely adjust her life and reduce her time outdoors while undergoing chemotherapy. With these limitations on her livelihood, expensive medical bills have piled up quickly. The funds raised will help ease the financial burden on her and her family during her time of recovery.
“Golfing 4 Good is a day for the JHE family and its partners to come together to support one of its own,” said Jay Howard, JHE’s president and founder. “Working closely together in high-pressure environments, the JHE team is a family that stands together in both the good times and the bad. We are proud to be able to help people like Isabelle in their time of need.”
The event would not have been possible without JHE’s partners and supporters who all came out to support the cause. The tournament had 20 sponsors and 22 teams participating. The tournament’s winner, a team from Sunbelt Rentals, walked away with four complimentary rounds of golf at Cabarrus Country Club and Nike logo polo shirts. Chad Willis from Sprint hit the day’s longest drive; Tim Crist, a member of team Jani-King, won the putting contest and J.J. Roper from MRN won the closest to the pin contest.
Golfing 4 Good was established in 2011 to benefit members of the JHE family and local community who are dealing with adversity in their life. JHE completely funds the successful 3-year-old tournament so that 100 percent of its proceeds can be donated to the selected beneficiary.
Previous recipients include the father of JHE employee Kristin Thompson, John, in 2012 and the girlfriend of a JHE employee in 2011. Both of these efforts also surpassed more than $30,000 for the individual beneficiary. The 2012 money was used to make John’s home wheelchair-accessible after he survived a critical all-terrain vehicle accident leaving him with permanent brain damage, severely impaired motor skills and cognitive function. In 2011, a JHE employee’s girlfriend was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and didn’t have health insurance to help pay her bills.
Golfing 4 Good, Cabarrus Country Club, Isabelle Ledford, Jay Howard, Sunbelt Rentals, Sprint, MRN, John Thompson
Winston Churchill once said, “You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.” These words continue to be true at JHE, where giving back to both its internal and external family is the essence of its success.
In 2011, Golfing 4 Good was established to benefit members of the JHE family and local community who are dealing with adversity in their life. The successful 3-year-old tournament donates 100 percent of its proceeds to the selected beneficiary.
The 2013 beneficiary is Isabelle Ledford, mother-in-law of JHE employee Charlie Roberts, who was diagnosed with stage 4 breast and bone cancer earlier this year. An avid outdoorsman and chicken farmer by trade, Isabelle has been forced to completely adjust her life and reduce her time outdoors while undergoing chemotherapy. With these limitations on her livelihood, expensive medical bills have piled up quickly. JHE is aiming to raise funds to help ease the financial burden on Isabelle and her family during her recovery.
Previous beneficiaries include the father of JHE employee Kristin Thompson, John, in 2012 and the girlfriend of a JHE employee in 2011. In 2012, the JHE employees came together to raise more than $33,000 to benefit the Thompson family. The money was used to make John’s home wheelchair accessible after he survived a critical all-terrain vehicle accident leaving him with permanent brain damage, severely impaired motor skills and cognitive function. In 2011, a JHE employee’s girlfriend was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and didn’t have health insurance to help pay her bills. The JHE family created Golfing 4 Good and raised more than $31,000 to assist with her medical bills.
For the third year in a row, the tournament will be held at the Cabarrus Country Club at 3247 Weddington Road in Concord, N.C. The shotgun-style tournament will kick off at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. For questions on sponsorship or participation, contact Mary Griffin at email@example.com or 704.455.8888, ext. 1167.
Winston Churchill, Golfing 4 Good, Giving 4 Good, Isabelle Ledford, Charlie Roberts, Cabarrus Country Club
JHE’s culture is one filled with hard work, passion and dedication. So it is no surprise that the 80-person team is just as passionate about helping others as they are in their day-to-day jobs.
With the success of “25 Days of Service” in 2012, JHE decided to extend its charitable efforts and create the “Giving for Good” program. Each month, employees choose a charitable cause close to their hearts for the entire team to support.
“The people at JHE are what set us apart,” says executive vice president and chief marketing officer Michael Verlatti. “It’s incredible what our team can do when they work together for both our clients and those in need.”
So far in 2013, JHE has supported four charities. The “Giving for Good” program kicked off with JHE helping to sort, inspect, box and stock donations at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Led by Carrie Ryan, 15 team members donated a total of 46 hours saving the charity $920 in paid labor.
In March, last year’s “JHE Gives Back” award recipient, Ashley Dempsey, chose the Hospice and Palliative Care organization to benefit from the company's charitable efforts. Employees braved the cold weather to help landscape, wash windows and power wash sidewalks at the Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, N.C.
In April, the team returned to the Wings of Eagles Ranch in Concord, N.C., for the second year in a row. Twenty-eight employees built a wheelchair-accessible ramp for the center’s zip line, repaired the tree house and climbing wall, and helped with general upkeep around the camp. In six hours, JHE employees completed what would have taken a year for the ranch staff to do, which operates solely on the generosity of volunteers, to do.
This month, Leigh Ann James and Carrie Ryan hosted an American Red Cross blood drive at the JHE office. Twenty-three people donated, six of who were first-time donors. A total of 21 pints of blood were collected and 63 lives will be saved.
To keep track of JHE’s good deeds, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @JHEProduction.
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A culture built on hard work and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, JHE prides itself on over-delivering on each client’s vision.
The team, which is more like a family, bands together through the good times and the bad, and lives by Appalachian State University’s former football coach Jerry Moore’s famous quote, “Always do more than is expected.” Thus, when JHE was preparing to celebrate its 25th anniversary, the employees chose to commemorate the monumental occasion by giving back to those in need.
The award-winning event experience company created a “25 Days of Service” program to celebrate its silver anniversary and committed to donating time and resources to 25 nonprofit organizations or events throughout 2012. The charitable program touched a multitude of communities where JHE has done business for years and honored the employees who are the backbone of the business.
Throughout the year, 59 volunteers donated 585 hours to the employee-selected causes, which included:
1. Landscaped local streets as part of “South End Clean Up Day”
2. Painted barns at the Wings of Eagle Ranch
3. Held an American Red Cross blood drive at JHE headquarters
4. Hosted a dinner and night of entertainment at the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte
5. Collected pet supplies for the Ryan Newman Foundation
6. Participated in the “World’s Largest Truck Convoy” which raised more than $18,000 for the Special Olympics
7. Contributed audio production for the Freedom Schools Jubilee
8. Donated a 32 foot trailer full of canned foods to the Food Lion Speed Street canned food drive
9. Assisted in the construction of a Habitat for Humanity home
10. Signed up runners at a drive-thru registration for Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure
11. Raised funds and raced in the local Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure
12. Provided event production supplies for the Collinswood Language Academy International Parade in Charlotte, N.C.
13. Collected school supplies for students in Cabarrus County schools
14. Executed the annual Golfing for Good tournament, raising $33,000 for an employee’s family in need
15. Assisted in event organization for the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame
16. Collected canned foods to benefit the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, N.C.
17. Provided event materials to the Youth Commission’s International Clay Shoot
18. Contributed a stage and generator to the Kilah Davenport Fundraiser
19. Planned a field trip for the Cabarrus County Boys and Girls Club
20. Planted 50 trees in Stallings Road Park as part of the Boy Scout Eagle Project
21. Donated one of JHE’s hospitality trailers to Charlotte UltraSwim
22. Volunteered and participated in the triathlon race for the Morrison Family and Ballantyne Village YMCA’s Community Support Campaign
23. Collected clothes and household goods for the American Children’s Home
24. Supplied event production services to the Tom Murphy Memorial Golf Tournament
25. Adopted two children from the Salvation Army Angel Tree at the holidays
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JHE’s annual holiday party is the event of the year. The company recognizes employees who have been with the company for more than five years, celebrates the exceptional team with the “Dog and Pony Awards,” and treats the group to an exciting performance.
JHE is proud to announce this year’s “Dog and Pony Award” winners:
The Goose Bump Award is awarded to a JHE event moment that created “goose bumps” for the JHE team and the audience. “25 Days of Service” was selected as the winner because the JHE family rallied around the cause, dedicating 25 days of giving back to well-deserving charities.
The Buzz Kill Award pays tribute to a moment that seemed to (or almost) kill the event’s “buzz” that day. “Bristol Blows” was the award winner based on the effects of amicroburst hitting Bristol Motor Speedway, ultimately destroying the mobile touring displays and damaging JHE assets. Charlie Roberts, Donato Bonacquisto, Gary Dozier, Dave Long and Jordan Litcko took home the infamous buzzard which will be housed in Dave’s office throughout 2013.
The Best Save Award honors the action or actions that were implemented to rescue an event or activity from having a really bad day. This year’s winner was the “Kentucky Wind Wars” where Charlie Roberts, Donato Bonacquisto, Gary Dozier, Dave Long and Jordan Litcko conquered the huge wind storm that came through the midway pre-race. The team was able to put the displays back together and make them operational again quickly.
The Unsung Hero Award recognizesa person that simply makes things happen every day without much fanfare. Last year’s winner James Raven presented the award to Dan Mott whotook home the gold for always stepping up to help when needed.
The Bert Award, named after Jay’s dog, signifies a person that continually displays loyalty to the JHE company, brand and people. This year was the first-ever tie with 38 votes casted for two employees, one being Brad Smith. The two continually exemplify the JHE culture through their work and support of fellow employees.
The Vision and Passion Award honors an individual that continually goes above and beyond to ensure our product and client services are excellent. Last year’s winner, Cassie Mucks Brickman, awarded Terry Hodges with this honor. Terry continually puts the company first, helping to grow JHE’s business.
JHE Gives Back salutes a JHE employee that exemplifies JHE’s culture through charitable efforts. This year, the honor went to Ashley Dempsey who went above and beyond heading three “25 Days of Service” projects and donating time and resources to various other causes. JHE presented Ashley with a $2,500 check to be donated to the charity of her choice in her name to recognize her commitment.
Driver of the Year acknowledges this year’s drivers who had the best safety record. Julie Alascio “grades” each driver on a scale which starts at zero and subtracts points for various violations. John Sheppard and Matt Vaz were recognized for both receiving a zero score at the end of the year and were presented with new iPhones for their commitment to safety.
Partner of the Year celebrates the partnerships that make JHE possible. This year, JHE recognized Sprint and presented the award to Tim Considine, Chad Willis and Sean McCloskey.Sprint has partnered with JHE for the past nine years, producing the Sprint All-Star Race opening ceremony each year, executing the sold-out Pit Crew Challenge, designing the NBA All-Star Jam Session display and executing the Sprint Experience at each NASCAR race which has attracted 2.7 million visitors and counting.
JHE also recognized those team members who have demonstrated a loyalty to JHE by being a part of its success for many years:
The five year service award was awarded to 11 JHE members. Each recipient received a bus trophy, inspired by Jim Collins saying that if the right people are on the bus you will be able to have a successful company, even if it means finding where they “sit” later. Congratulations to Jonathan Waple, Rob Coffey, Mary Griffin, John Sheppard, Greg Smith, Ryan Martin, Aprill King, Lisa Ward, Kristin Thompson, James Raven and Brian Hancock who have been a part of JHE’s success since 2007.
The 10 year service award was presented to Ronnie Oehler. Ronnie is known around the JHE offices as the man who gives a hug to everyone he meets. Jay presented Ronnie with a personalized JHE guitar to recognize his achievement.
The 15 year service award was awarded to Jacqueline Gafrarar. Jacqueline, who loves the Caribbean, was presented with three round trip tickets to take her family on a trip to Turks and Caicos to reward her 15 years of work with JHE.
To recognize Jay Howard’s leadership through the past 25 years, Michael Verlatti surprised Jay Howard by presenting him with a blue bus signifying his silver anniversary since the company’s inception.
Jay Howard welcomed the newest additions to the JHE family, the daughters of Jeff Gajewski and Brad Smith, by presenting each with a $1,000 certificate of deposit for their future education.
The night was complete with a performance by Dee Snider from the Twisted Sister with Jay Howard on the drums as well as a JHE Rocks “American Idol” style competition between two teams, Shepp and the Dog Catchers and Lunchbox and the Snack Packs.
Congratulations to Lunchbox and the Snack Packs who our panel of judges chose as the winner for their performance of “Mambo No. 5.”
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Working together in a high-pressure, high-deliverable environment makes the JHE team more like a family, a family who stands together through good and bad times. Which is why the team decided to donate time and resources to the community that supports JHE in honor of the company’s 25th anniversary.
The yearlong “25 Days of Service” program is honoring the employees, who are the backbone of the business. Employees were asked to select nonprofit organizations close to their hearts for the entire team to support through unique programs.
Employees have gathered together to provide support for those in need. To date, JHE has participated in 18 events, completing more than 160 hours of service with 59 volunteers.
For instance, JHE provided an audio system, tables, linens and centerpieces for the Youth Commission International Clay Shoot; participated in the “World’s Largest Truck Convoy” to help raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics; and organized a field day for over 50 kids from the Cabarrus County Boys & Girls Club.
“We all feel very grateful to be giving back to such an incredible group of nonprofit organizations” says Michael Verlatti, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at JHE. “Our team continues to rally and come together to support each other as well as others, making a noticeable impression on our community.”
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At JHE, the internal and external family is the essence of its success. In 2011, Golfing 4 Good was established to benefit members of the JHE family and local community who are dealing with adversity in their life.
Princess Diana said it best, “Family is the most important thing in the world”; while an unknown author stated, “The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing.”
The 2012 beneficiary of Golfing 4 Good is the father of JHE employee Kristin Thompson, John. In 2008, John survived a critical ATV accident leaving him with permanent brain damage, severely impaired motor skills and cognitive function. These injuries immobilized John permanently, making simple life activities a challenge while incurring a substantial financial burden and a home not designed to meet his current condition. Despite the support from his wife, Mary Anne, and his children, John needed a better-equipped and designed home to make wheelchair mobility efficient and safe.
Together, the JHE employees raised over $33,000 to benefit the Thompson family during the Golfing 4 Good tournament which had 19 participating teams, 18 hole sponsors, one green sponsor and one putting green sponsor. The Thompson family will use this money to make their home wheelchair accessible.
“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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In honor of our 25 Days of Service mission, the JHE team is collecting pet supplies to benefit The Ryan Newman Foundation throughout the month of September.
The team is showing their support for the foundation, which encourages people to spay/neuter their pets and adopt pets from animal shelters, by donating various pet supplies including food, beds, brushes and toys.
The Ryan Newman Foundation was founded by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman and his wife, Krissie, in January 2005 and is proud to be a part of the NASCAR Foundation’s family of charities
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In 2012, JHE will celebrate 25 years of delivering award-winning event experiences.
This milestone will be commemorated with “25 days of service,” an act of giving time and resources to deserving nonprofit organizations throughout the country.
“Twenty-five days of service is a great way to honor not only our employees who are the backbone of this business but to give back to the community that has helped us grow,” said Jay Howard. “We have been so fortunate throughout these 25 years thanks to an amazing team and our partners.”
JHE’s “25 days of service” will be comprised of a variety of charitable acts such as the second annual “Golfing for Good” fundraiser, volunteering at Ronald McDonald House, assistance with a Habitat for Humanity home, serving up hope at a soup kitchen, care packages for service men and women, canned food drive, and enhanced support with partners like The Ryan Newman Foundation and Victory Junction.
To follow along with JHE’s 25th anniversary journey, join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JHEProductionGroup or reach out to participate at one of many events throughout the year.
Thank you to each of you who have made this accomplishment possible!
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Nearly fifty-two weeks a year, JHE is hustling and bustling with various high pressure, high deliverable projects. Working closely on these projects creates a tight-knit family … a family that stands together in good and bad times.
In 2011, a member of the JHE family was experiencing tremendous heartache when his girlfriend was diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His close co-workers knew of the challenges they were facing and felt compelled to help.
Brent Wilson, an eight-year veteran at JHE, was stranded in Atlanta during a multi-day rainout at Atlanta Motor Speedway. During down time at the hotel, Brent and his co-workers began to toss around ways they could rally around their friend to help.
In a matter of 30 to 45 minutes, the group had conjured up “Golfing for Good” and set out a series of action items. Brent and colleague Terry Hodges led the charge in bringing the “Golfing for Good” concept to general manager Ryan Baxter and then ultimately Jay Howard. Once Ryan and Jay blessed the program, Brent, with the help of Natalie Epperly and Terry, volunteered to lead the management and implementation of Golfing for Good.
With only four weeks preparation, Golfing for Good took the Cabarrus Country Club by storm with 80 golfers playing for a cause.
At the conclusion of the October 18 event, the JHE family raised $31,774 which would go directly to covering medical bills for a member of the JHE family.
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