At first glance, you might have thought the game happening at Sunset Country Club on a recent afternoon was just an ordinary outing for businesspeople and their friends. But beneath the sunny autumn skies and beyond the post-game cocktail hour, something much more important was happening. September 23rd and 24th marked Our Little Haven’s Annual Golf Tournament, a critical fundraiser for supporting the organization and the heart-healing work it does for abused, neglected, and traumatized area children. By way of programs like mental health services and a unique therapeutic preschool, Our Little Haven has been taking care of psychologically wounded kids for 20 years. And Marcone Supply has been supporting OLH since its inception. Sponsorship of the Golf Tournament alone generated nearly $100,000, and Marcone president Jim Souers serves on the Our Little Haven board of directors, ensuring that the company’s relationship with the organization is a close one.
That emphasis on relationships is a keystone in Marcone’s operations. Since its founding in 1932 Marcone Supply has been family-owned, and in that time it’s become as much of a corporate institution as a force for good in St. Louis. For over 80 years, the company has maintained a stabilizing presence in the downtown area. Through the Depression era, the recent economic recession, and the sometimes tumultuous landscape of St. Louis business—Marcone has grown. The company now employs around 150 area residents and claims more than 800 members in what it calls the “Marcone Family.”
At Marcone there’s always been a focus on giving back to the community that supports its business. But when Jim Souers took over as president, that focus turned into what you might call a passion. Whether sponsoring events like the Our Little Haven Golf Tournament, employing military spouses through Military Spouse Corporate Career Network, or serving monthly meals from its 52 North American branches for the Ronald McDonald House, taking care of those in need is a regular priority at Marcone. Over the last 10 years, the company has partnered with nearly 50 non-profit organizations. And while those partnerships have benefitted everything from animal rescue work to cancer research, a lot of Marcone’s charity is centered on groups helping children and military families. It’s those kinds of relationships that further underscore their long-held commitment to valuing and expanding the “Marcone Family”—company-wide and community-wide.
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Since 1974, RMHC has been providing “homes away from home” to families of kids undergoing long-term treatment for serious illness or injury. In addition to having contributed nearly $65,000 in 2012 and 2013, Marcone supports their work in several ways. For instance, through the Cooks for Kids program, Marcone’s US and Canada branch employees and their families prepare and serve meals to families staying at RMH homes. As the title sponsor at the annual Kids & Clays sporting tournament fundraiser, Marcone has helped RMH raise over $6 million to date through this event. President Jim Souers has been on the RMH board for the last five years, while CFO Jim Scheetz serves as Event Chairman for the annual fundraiser bike ride, and Marketing Director Ashley Blaske heads the marketing committee for Kids & Clays.
Fischer House Foundation has served over 180,000 families in the last 23 years by providing “comfort homes” to loved ones of military service members receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. Fischer House is adding even more houses to the 62 it’s already built, and Marcone is aiding their expansion through ongoing support efforts. Over the years, the company has featured Fischer House as one of it’s primary charities, raising over $12,000 in 2012 alone.
After tornadoes leveled parts of the Oklahoma City and Moore areas in May, crisis-response team God’s Pit Crew rallied support and resources to build brand-new, fully-stocked homes for two families who lost everything.
Marcone Vice President Rick Vogel traveled to Moore to work with the organization by helping lay plans for the homes and securing appliance donations from General Electric. He returned in October to help with the reveal, a presentation that left the families speechless and the volunteers touched. Marcone also collected over $35,000 from employees, customers, and friends to help with the project.
Better known as the USO, this non-profit has served military members since 1941 with a simple mission: “Lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families.”
The Navy League’s mission is tri-fold: supporting active duty naval military personnel and their families; advocating to Congress and the American public on the importance of strong sea services; and working with youth through educational programs like the Junior ROTC.
Marcone’s longstanding commitment to service members has taken form in its support of the USOand the Navy League over the years. In 2010, the company gave the USO $30,000 in donations and matched funds from President Jim Souers. And in October of this year, Marcone was honored for their continued support of the Navy League at the annual Navy League Ball. Among the attendees were several Marcone family members and retired military members.