Orbital in the Community
Walk MS: Highland 2019
Orbital employees, Cherie Davich and Jeff Formosa, will be walking with Jeff’s sister, Christina Goins MS Team and asking for friends, family, and co-workers to participate. Cherie’s sister passed away from complications of MS, so this cause is near and dear to her heart. The MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Society is an organization she has been involved with for over 20 years as a walker. Walk MS brings together passionate people who connect in communities nationwide and raise funds to change the world for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis. With nearly 300,000 people fundraising and volunteering each year, Walk MS has generated more than $1 billion toward our mission. Each step you take is backed by a supportive community.
Disabled Veterans Benefit Event – VetRock
Last year, Orbital employee, Bill Webdell’s church in Crown Point hosted it’s first annual VetRock concert. This is a free outdoor concert where all of the proceeds go to benefit a local disabled veterans associations. It was an enormous success. There were more than 500 people in attendance. They donated $16,000 to NWI Veterans Village, which is basically an apartment complex for homeless disabled veterans, located in Gary. On Friday, August 23rd, they will have their second annual VetRock concert.
This year, all proceeds will go to Veterans Action Council of Northwest Indiana. This organization is a cooperative effort among most of the veterans groups in our area, which provide aid directly to organizations that help disabled veterans locally. Attendance is expected to be higher than last year. X-Rock 103.9 FM will be there again, along with the bands Mr. Funnyman and Marrakesh Express. Orbital Engineering will be a presenting sponsor for this event.
On September 18th 2019, Orbital participated in ComEd’s Annual Distribution Operations and El Valor Golf Outing that benefits El Valor. Orbital was a Master Sponsor for this event. El Valor is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and challenge urban families to achieve excellence and participate fully in community life. Its programs exist to enrich and empower people with disabilities, the disenfranchised, and the under-served. El Valor has raised approximately $600k which has benefited several non-profit organizations and touched the lives of many. Participants included:
- Jeff Buchko: COO
- Brent Harting: Hammond GM
- Dan Burkus: Midwest Account Manager
- Joe McKenna: Hammond Civil Department Manager
Orbital Engineering, Inc. is proud to be a sponsor of Cycle for Survival. The 2019 Events throughout the country have raised over $34 Million, and since the event’s inception in 2007, it have raised over $213 Million for rare cancer research. Proudly representing Orbital Engineering for his sixth year in 2019 was Daniel Burkus, Orbital Engineering’s Midwest Account Manager. Daniel’s team raised an astonishing $3,655 in 2019! 100% of every dollar raised through Daniel’s Cycle for Survival ride will directly fund rare cancer research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center within six months of the event.
Orbital Engineering, Inc. is proud of its numerous employees who volunteer their time, efforts and money to these various causes and for those employees who serve as leaders in these organizations, or their local chapters, through service on boards or planning committees.