The evening featured outstanding food and camaraderie along with our annual video recapping the year in service as well as check presentations for $4,500 on behalf of BUNN and its employees to both the Ryken Bailey Foundation and St. Jude's Children's Hospital Foundation.
"I am incredibly proud of the effort everyone has put into this," Hy Bunn said as he addressed the gathering. "When you really start to think of it, there are actually a lot of things we can do to make a difference. I think that is what's cool about this group and this company."
Every Springfield employee who volunteers throughout the year is invited to this annual event.
BUNN was honored to participate in the International Women's Coffee Alliance Leaders in Coffee program. The program, sponsored by the International Trade Organization, brought four women coffee farmers from Africa to the United States to learn more about their challenges and connect them with helpful resources and networks in the coffee supply chain. Members of the BUNN team were able to accompany the women as they toured the White House and Nation's Capitol as guests of Congressman Aaron Schock. The women were interviewed on NPR and were guests at "Vital Voices", an organization founded by Hillary Clinton that provides training and mentoring to women leaders, enhancing their ability to transform lives and advance peace and prosperity in their communities. Following the tour, the African delegation stated, "It is an honor to tour the US Capitol and the White House. We have been able to do something that many politicians in our country will never be able to do. It gives us hope."
BUNN employees TJ Nishimoto, Tom Smith, Doug Schwartz and Trevor Shapiro competed in a team relay treadmill marathon against solo marathon runner Trent Sinnett. Proceeds were donated to Medals4Mettle and Children's Miracle Network.
Iowa Sub-Assembly Department's November team building activity was helping the local Union County Outreach build their food pantry stock before the holidays by completing a successful food drive.