Safety and Quality are always top priorities at Kerkstra Precast. With this year’s improvements in our Safety program the safety committee wanted to recognize the employees with a cookout.
Greg Kerkstra thought the PCI Foundation Fundraiser was a worthy cause and wanted to host that event in conjunction with the safety event. The safety committee brought the two events together, producing Kerkstra Precast Safety Celebration and PCI Foundation Fundraiser Cookout.
Following the PCI Foundation National BBQ competition rules, the safety committee planned a fun filled night of games, great food and lots of laughs. All of KP’s employees, families, vendors, customers, educational partners and certification organizations were invited to come and celebrate. We were honored with the presence of a couple of PCI board members, Phil Wiedemann, from the PCI Central Region and Marty McIntyre, from the PCI Foundation, for a grand total of 252 attending family and friends.
Following the PCI BBQ competition, we had guidelines to track the amount of meat grilled. We rustled up 260lbs of pig, hamburger, and hotdogs. We had a great dinner and many fun treats as well. Cotton candy, slushies, popcorn and decorated cookies were all added goodies.
One of our goals was to raise money for the PCI Foundation, which promotes the continual growth and education in the precast concrete industry. We raised $1,633.00 through sponsorships, dunk tank tickets and wheel of chance spin purchases.
Other fun activities included the PPE challenge, a relay game made up of individuals from KP. It was a timed event in which each team had to put on and take off their provided PPE as quickly as possible. Kids of all ages were invited to compete in a safety poster contest.
The most important thing we do every day is return safely home to our families. Through the success in our safety program we were able to have some fun while still promoting safety. Great fun was had by all while raising funds for educational opportunities for future employees in the industry.
Written by Sue Rollins, Director of Safety & Quality Assurance