This past weekend I had the joy of taking my father and my second daughter to a local car show here in Cincinnati. Because EXAIR is a sponsor of the show, we are fortunate enough to have tickets available to us if we would like to attend. This is not your run of the mill car show where there is a swap meet on one side and the general time frame of the cars is from 1955 – 1980. This is the Ault Park Concours d’Elegance. The cars that were there ranged from Pre-War era to modern Super Cars. Very few cars had not been immaculately restored to near new condition. This year the weather was perfectly sunny and around 90°F. (Honestly, it was down right humid and hot as can be.)
One of my favorites was this 1960 Ford Thunderbird NASCAR. The car was the only NASCAR-spec 1960 that actually never ran in competition, at least legal competition. Also, was one of very few cars produced with manual transmission, steering and brakes. Most drivers nowadays wouldn’t even know what to do with a car that doesn’t have an automatic transmission. Let alone power steering and brakes.
One of the best parts of going to this show is seeing the EXAIR logo next to a very deserving charity. The show is in it’s 38th year and continues to benefit the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation. Yet another aspect of the show is that a good majority of the cars will do a parade the week before the show and take children from the foundation with them in their cars. While this doesn’t help their physical condition, I can’t help but think what kid wouldn’t be happy getting to ride in a car like a Ferrari or even one that you have to crank by hand in order to start it.
Take a look at the website for the show and you will see the history behind the show as well as some of the other vehicles you may see there. As always, I truly love the fact that I work for a company that not only values the employees it hires but also gives to so many charities as well.
Many of us have had the opportunity to take the ALS ice bucket challenge outside of work. Once our own Professor Penurious took the challenge, EXAIR made it a bit more interesting for us…in exchange for our own cold selves.
Professor Penurious puts some heat transfer and fluid flow theory into practice for a good cause. EXAIR is also donating $100 for everyone of us who may have also taken the ice bucket challenge through our other “friends”, family or organizations. So we are going to try to get a montage video together from many other employees who participated. And thanks to EXAIR for always being up for a good cause.
Also understand this much – the most satisfying of them all is the one below…Everybody wanted to see Professor Penurious get it!
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We as Americans are a charitable society. Severe weather this year has devastated many families. Citizens from around the country have stepped up to the plate volunteering to help with the clean up as well with monetary and food donations.
Speaking of stepping up to the plate, the Cincinnati Reds players wives put together gift baskets filled with their husband’s favorite items to be raffled off. All proceeds went to Matthew 25: Ministries and the Oklahoma tornado victims.
Items included food and gifts from their home state, gift cards to their favorite stores along with books and DVDs and four Field Box tickets to an upcoming Reds game. Additionally, each raffle winner received an autographed jersey from the player. That’s awesome!
EXAIR Corporation shares in this exceptionalism. When the Hantavirus struck Mexico we shipped boxes of our respirator masks to our distributor who was in a position to help people around them. Annually EXAIR donates to local charities. One of the more fun events for our employees is the Rubber Duck Regatta (watch video) where 140,000 rubber ducks are dropped from the Purple People Bridge into the Ohio River and swim a quarter mile along the Serpentine Wall. The owner of the first duck to cross the finish line won a 2012 Honda Civic LX Sedan and possibly $1 million if their duck is the “Million Dollar duck”! Second place was a year’s worth of groceries from Kroger, and the remaining five runners-up won $500 cash! All money raised from duck sales go directly to the Freestore Foodbank to help those in the community in need. The company buys a rubber duck for each of us and then some. No one on our company was a winner but it was fun never the less and it went for a good cause.
Our company founder has been involved with the Special Olympics for many years, and recently helped the juvenile arthritis foundation by sponsoring the Concours d’Elegance here in Cincinnati. Our company president has a soft spot for underprivileged youth sports and has spent his time as a baseball coach for the cause. The list goes on…
We are fortunate to work for a company and leaders who show us this kind of example and encourage participation in events which benefit charitable foundations and causes. I have yet to see EXAIR turn down an employee who requests an entry or registration fee for a race or event which benefits a good cause.
With EXAIR’s help, we help – we’re all in this together.