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If you have been following the ProQuest blog (as you should be), you have seen mention of the celebrations that took place at ProQuest offices commemorating the 75th anniversary of the introduction of microfilm, one of our most beloved business segments. At corporate headquarters in Ann Arbor, a company picnic was organized and held at Cobblestone Farms to host the ProQuest Olympics, where eight different teams of employees (determined by department) competed in a variety of contests ranging from kick ball to name that tune.
Taking center stage at the picnic was the dunk tank where employees traded their cash for the chance to dunk ProQuest senior leaders! Witnessing the leaders plunge into the water was more than entertaining enough, but adding to the fun was taking part in good-natured trash talking! The leaders were great sports about all of this in the spirit of charity. All of the funds raised from the dunk tank were set to be donated to the foundation of the winning team’s choice.
So, which team earned bragging rights as the winner of the ProQuest Olympics? The honor of bringing home the gold was awarded to “The Legion of Finance”. The Finance Department selected to donate the funds raised to the Salvation Army of the Washtenaw County area. When asked why they decided to support the Salvation Army, team captain Andrew Kidle’s response was what you would expect coming from the Manager of Finance, “After conducting research of charitable organizations, we agreed on the Salvation Army because we were impressed with their overhead costs and the high percentage of funds donated actually going to those in need.”
Tim Wahlberg, ProQuest Senior Vice President and General Manager and Andrew Kidle, ProQuest Finance Manager, presented the check to Major John Williams, representative of and volunteer for the Salvation Army, where he expressed his profuse gratitude upon acceptance, “We truly appreciate ProQuest’s support, the Salvation Army has been active in this community for 110 years helping those in need. It all stays right here so you’re helping your neighbors.” For this reason and countless others, be on the lookout for future volunteer opportunities from ProQuest to collaborate with the Salvation Army.
All in all, the celebration was hugely successful! Not only did ProQuest employees get to participate in some friendly competition, they also had the opportunity to raise money for those in need, and have fun in the process!
ProQuest hosted a company picnic in celebration of the 75th anniversary of microfilm where teams of employees competed in a variety of contests. The event raised $3500 and the Salvation Army of the Washtenaw County area was selected to receive the check.