ANNUAL RUN-A-THON BENEFITS LOCAL CHARITY
In November, Vaughn held its sixth annual Run-a-Thon at Memorial Park in Houston. Over 35 employees and family members participated, our largest turnout ever. The 5K race began in 2011 as a friendly challenge between two employees. It was such a big hit that it has continued to grow each year and now includes winners for male, female and walker categories. Each winner nominates a charity to receive the proceeds from the event. The person who has the fastest time of the three winners gets to select the charity in a random drawing. This year, the Run-a-Thon raised $750 for HOPE Clinic, which provides basic, affordable dental care to low income, uninsured families and individuals.
The charity recipients over the previous five years were:
- 2011 - Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Houston
- 2012 - Autism Speaks
- 2103 - Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Houston
- 2014 - Toys for Tots
- 2015 - UNICEF.
VAUGHN HELPS CHI ST. JOSEPH SERVE A LITTLE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
In December, members of our Bryan/College Station office donated their time and materials to create some Christmas spirit for the local community. Our longstanding client, CHI St. Joseph Hospital, recognized its 80 years of service in 2016, with a Magic of Christmas Celebration for families in the Brazos Valley Community. They needed help creating a Santa’s Wonderland to serve as the central attraction of the event. Our team designed and constructed sturdy facades of the North Pole, Santa’s Workshop, and the Post Office to be used for this event and future events. St. Joseph staff members painted the façade to create the magical scenes.
The free event included face painting, train rides, bounce houses, and crafts. Local businesses auctioned festively decorated Christmas trees and donated a sleigh-full of warm clothes to local charities. Children enjoyed a strolling magician, reading with Mrs. Claus, taking photos with Santa, and writing letters to Santa and to military personnel who couldn’t be home for Christmas.
The Vaughn family established the Vaughn Construction Community Foundation as a vehicle for providing financial assistance to not-for-profit agencies that support quality healthcare, research, and educational endeavors, with special emphasis on organizations serving the communities in which our employees live and work.