A little competition never hurt anybody: PCL offices in Denver offer employees creative ways to give. PCL places a great deal of emphasis on philanthropy and social responsibility and strives to be a leader in community
A RECORD-BREAKING YEAR
PCL employees in Denver raise money for Mile
High United Way at a dodgeball tournament.
An annual hallway golf tournament at
the PCL offices in Denver are part of the
organization’s United Way campaign.
PCL’s 2012 Mile High United Way campaign in the Denver region reached new heights, broke fundraising records, and managed to be fun for employees in the process. PCL’s Denver offices raised an all-time high of almost $1,671,000 for the local charity.
Behind the scenes, members of the PCL United Way Campaign committee were hard at work in early 2012 planning the campaign and organizing activities that would supplement overall employee donation levels and inject additional enjoyment and camaraderie into the campaign.
Ted Kijanka, manager of corporate finance for PCL, served on the United Way campaign committee for the first time in 2012 and will chair the 2013 campaign. “The 2012 campaign was eye-opening,” Kijanka said. “Before joining the committee I didn’t realize how much time and effort go into organizing the various events.”
GOLFING IN THE HALLS
PCL’s annual Hallway Golf tournament raised over $6,000 in a couple of hours. PCL teams designed and constructed mini-golf holes for the tournament that were judged and ranked on creativity. The miniature course was laid out through the hallways of PCL’s Denver offices. About 150 PCL employees, external subcontractors, and business affiliates participated in the event.
“We work in construction, and here we get to show our creativity and put it into a putt-putt golf course; so naturally everyone gets really into it and has a lot of fun,” said Ashley Smith, PCL field engineer and event organizer.
DODGING BALLS AND RAISING DOLLARS
If mini-golf is not your sport of choice, don’t despair. PCL also hosted its first-ever dodgeball tournament, with all registration fees directly benefiting the United Way campaign. Ten teams participated in the inaugural tournament and the event raised $1,320.
Next year’s campaign looks to pick up more momentum and provide exciting and fun ways for employees to give. PCL will continue to strive to break records and again host inventive events. “The bar has been set high, and there are some lofty standards for next year’s campaign,” Kijanka said. “I am very much looking forward to the challenge.”