Balfour Beatty’s Dedication to Schools and Students is On Display for the 6th Year in a Row
The dedication to improving our community and schools was demonstrated yet again by the team at Balfour Beatty at the 15th Annual Sharefest Workday, and throughout this year.
Motivated by the understanding that the amount of work Sharefest can do is strictly limited to amount of resources we have, Balfour Beatty once again stepped in to host the annual Golf Tournament this spring to raise funds in support of projects for the 2018 Sharefest Workday, as well as student scholarships. This year, nearly 150 people attended the tournament and set an event record of raising $144,900 to sponsor six Workday sites, help send nearly 250 disadvantaged youth to camp, and provide four college scholarships to local deserving students.
Their generosity isn’t limited to raising money – the Balfour Beatty team also dedicated their time by managing and serving at the sites they sponsored during the Workday. Fundraising is one thing, but committing time and energy on nights and weekends to ensure the job gets done is a hallmark of Balfour Beatty.
On April 28th, dozens of Balfour Beatty employees left their homes on a Saturday morning to volunteer their time at Culver City High School, La Tijera Academy of Excellence, Lincoln Child Development Center, the Culver City Office of Child Development, R. H. Dana Middle School, and Torrance High School. In total, 295 volunteers joined forces on Balfour Beatty projects to provide construction, tree planting, irrigation installation, painting, landscaping, bench installation, mural painting, planter box installation, cleaning, and much more. The combined efforts provided approximately $75,000 worth of improvements across these locations.
“We’re all about teamwork. There’s nothing more invigorating than seeing all the various vendors, donors, suppliers, and volunteers collaborating and working together to improve the community.” said Brian Cahill, California Division President at Balfour Beatty.
“This is the 6th year that we’ve done this, it’s our call to everyone to step up, so that we can give back to the community as a whole,” said Tom Schlegel, Senior Program Manager Balfour Beatty.
“Having a partner like Balfour Beatty is truly a demonstration of corporate citizenship. This company deeply cares about the work being done in education. They routinely go above and beyond what we asked of them, which speaks volumes to their character as a whole and individually.” said Chad Mayer, Executive Director at Sharefest.
Beyond Workday, Balfour Beatty extends their commitment to education by using the remaining money raised at the Golf Tournament to support students attending Sharefest’s Summer Youth Development Academy for middle and high school youth. Additionally, they gave a total $4,000 in scholarships to local graduating seniors who demonstrate strong academic performance, service to the community, leadership, teamwork, responsibility, and integrity. Their hope is that these students will go on to college and become leaders who will bring positive impact to their own communities. This year’s scholarship recipients included Donnell Tinsely from Da Vinci Design High School, Wiseburn School District, McKenna Scriven from South High School, Torrance Unified School District, Israel Egziabher from Culver City High School, Culver City Unified School District, and Joseph Shy from Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach Unified School District.
BALFOUR BEATTY AND SHAREFEST ATTEND RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY FOR THE BRAND NEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AT WEST TORRANCE HIGH SCHOOL
Watch the recap video of the 2018 Balfour Beatty/Sharefest Golf Tournament:
Since 2010, Balfour Beatty has:
- Raised $714,000 for Sharefest community projects
- Mobilized 1,238 volunteers to give back
- Provided $988,200 worth of work for schools
- Given $29,000 in student scholarships
We are so grateful for our partnership with Balfour Beatty! Thank you for all you’ve done for us!