Employees at Badger Sheet Metal Works (BSMW) had a blast racing against other local companies in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin (BBBS). The Miles for Matches presented by Prevea event last month combined fitness with fundraising to raise awareness about the programs benefitting the organization’s Bigs and Littles.
BSMW put pedal to the metal on Friday, August 6 by using a specialized stationary bike and Wahoo trainer supplied by Broken Spoke at its facility in Green Bay. The company drummed up interest by using special e-board announcements at its headquarters, drawing an impressive 25 participants from 5AM – 3:30PM.
Team members included: Mike Athey, John Woods, Mike Kornowski, Ben LaFleur, Austen Jones, Evan McDaniel, Travis Nichols, Jesse Swenson, Ann Vandersteen, Dawn Aschenbrenner, Tracy Herman, Dave Conard, Mike Diermeier, Jeff Lindsley, Jamie Younger, Terrie Manthey, Renee VerKuilen, Lauren Benes, Jeremiah Snyder, Khong Xiong, Jake Wildfong, Andy Copley, Chris Bares, Kenny Coe and Ally Peters.
Over the noon hour of the fundraiser, Dave Conrad and Tracy Herman took part in the event’s “leadership challenge,” which pitted the heads of companies against each other in a friendly competition over who could mark off the most miles.
“The bike trainer brought in came with a TV that showed where other companies were on the track in real time, helping spur our competitive side,” said Ann Vandersteen, BSMW’s payroll administrator. “Everyone really enjoyed the event, and Jesse Swenson, who provides maintenance support at BSMW, even came in on his day off to ride.”
Participating employees also received a t-shirt and were entered into a gift card drawing.
The BSMW team rode 179 miles, and its leadership placed a hard-fought second, recording 19 miles, just 1.1 miles off the winning total. The company was pleased to still take home some hardware, winning the Miles for Matches’ Spirit Award, which also came with a private group ride and happy hour with Broken Spoke.
Extra credit is due to Dawn Aschenbrenner and Ann Vandersteen, who helped put everyone in the sweatin’ spirit by decorating the BSMW facility with cardboard cutouts of exercise icons Richard Simmons and Jane Fonda as well as Pee-wee Herman and Rocky Balboa.
BSMW also contributed $1,750 as an event sponsor and then raised an additional $1,364 in donations from employees and members of the community, with much of the donations coming from BSMW’s “Family Fun Day” company picnic. BSMW carried out a 50/50 raffle, with 50% of the ticket sales going to BBBS and 50% going to the winner, Fred Grathen, who donated part of his winnings to BBBS.
Overall, the 2021 Miles for Matches event was a resounding success, raising more than $60,000 for BBBS’ youth mentoring program.
Why does BSMW choose to support BBBS of Northeast Wisconsin?
BSMW is always looking for new ways to give back to the community that’s had its back for nearly a century. As it looks to the future, and another successful century in Northeast Wisconsin, the company is proud to support an organization that helps our children, the cornerstone of our communities’ future.
BBBS has been the leader in one-to-one youth mentoring for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. BBBS of Northeast Wisconsin mentors children, ages 6 through 18, in Brown, Door, and Shawano counties.
The BBBS mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported relationships with mentors who have a measurable impact on youth. Learn how you can support BBBS here: https://bbbsnew.org/
About Badger Sheet Metal Works
Badger Sheet Metal Works is a custom and OEM metal fabrication partner for various industries, including food and dairy, mining, petroleum, material handling, medical and pharmaceutical. The company employs approximately 100 people in a custom-designed plant in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The facility includes a 70 by 320-foot main assembly bay with four crane rails featuring a total lifting capacity of 30 tons and a 22-foot under-hook height.