Farmington, CT – For the 12th year, KBE Building Corporation hosted its annual Gift of Gobble event, donating 410 Thanksgiving meals to organizations throughout Connecticut and Maryland. The Connecticut event was hosted at Camp Courant in Farmington on Nov. 21, while the Maryland event was hosted at the firm’s Columbia office on Nov. 20.
KBE’s Connecticut employees and their families, along with employees and families from Elite Construction Rental, assembled and distributed 360 boxes to 12 community organizations throughout the state. The firm’s Maryland staff assembled and delivered 50 meal kits to three community support organizations in the Baltimore area.
Over the last 12 years, KBE has provided Thanksgiving meals for more than 3,081 families. The meal boxes contained all the ingredients of a classic Thanksgiving dinner: turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, corn, beans, potatoes, yams, rolls, apple pie, pumpkin pie, and a roasting pan. The meal kits were then donated to the following organizations:
Amazing Grace Food Pantry – Middletown, Conn.
Bloomfield Social and Youth Services – Bloomfield, Conn.
Bridges to Housing Stability, Inc. – Columbia, Md.
Catholic Charities of Hartford – Hartford, Conn.
Christian Community Action Family Center – New Haven, Conn.
Columbus House – New Haven and Middletown, Conn.
Elks Lodge – Middletown, Conn.
New Britain Community Services – New Britain, Conn.
Sara’s House – Ft. Meade, Md.
Southington Community Services – Southington, Conn.
Unity Tabernacle of Restoration – Odenton, Md.
Veterans Medical Center – Newington, Conn.
Waterbury Youth Services – Waterbury, Conn.
Wallingford Master’s Manna – Wallingford, Conn.
For the event in Connecticut, KBE purchased all food items from Bozzuto’s, Inc. and received donated boxes from W.B. Mason. Elite Construction Rentals delivered nearly half of the Thanksgiving boxes to local organizations in Connecticut.
“Gift of Gobble continues to be KBE’s most popular philanthropic event,” explained KBE president and CEO, Mike Kolakowski. “The outpouring of employee volunteers ready and willing to help in any way is always heartwarming. It truly speaks to the character of our employees and their families, and their commitment to giving back.”
KBE’s 12th annual “Gift of Gobble” event is possible because of the firm’s corporate philanthropic program, 50 Ways to Make a Difference. Established in 2009 to celebrate the firm’s new ownership, name change, and 50 years in business, 50 Ways has helped KBE associates donate $3.6 million and more than 16,000 volunteer hours to charitable causes benefiting children, seniors, and military veterans in Connecticut and Maryland.