Columbus McKinnon - Buffalo City Mission

Community Changers

“The Buffalo City Mission is an organization we feel truly makes a difference in Western New York. The services and support it provides positively impact individuals and families in need and we are confident our donation will go a long way to improve the community we live and do business in,” said Tim Tevens, President and CEO of Columbus McKinnon.

Columbus McKinnon Corporation

— American educator, writer, public speaker, and consultant to presidents of the United States, Booker T. Washington, once said, “The most useful and influential people in America are those who take the deepest interest in institutions that exist for the purpose of making the world better.”

Today we are grateful for our influential community members of the Columbus McKinnon Corporation who took an interest in lifting the vision of the Buffalo City Mission to reach the homeless in Western New York. In 2016, they were committed to us in every way possible, financially, volunteering, and providing food and other practical resources to the men, women, and children at the Buffalo City Mission.

Columbus McKinnon, located right here in Getzville, NY, is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, systems, and services, which efficiently and ergonomically move, lift, position and secure materials and people. A company in business for over 140 years, they make hoists, cranes, actuators, rigging tools and digital power and motion control systems.

In 2016 the Columbus McKinnon group chose the Buffalo City Mission and specifically Cornerstone Manor because they believed their donation would go a long way to improving the lives of individuals and families in need in Western New York. They set a goal to raise $15,000, but exceeded that goal to raise a total of $17,581.38!

Together, the team at Columbus McKinnon made a concerted effort to raise this money over the whole year of 2016 through several events. The committee responsible for planning all of the events consisted of Christie Lagowski, Amy Sabio, Heather Lockhart, Chris Marston, Brian Benzin, Gary Krypel, Krista Terwilliger and Paul Smielecki.

They held a comedy club event at Rob’s Comedy Playhouse, a Food Truck Rodeo at the Columbus McKinnon Headquarters Building, a Lucky Number Auction for their employees where the Grand Prize was a trip to Las Vegas, an Executive Pie Challenge to raise money to see four of their executives Kurt Wozniak: Vice President – Americas, Larry Gavin: Executive Director and Chief Procurement Officer, Mark Paradowski: Vice President – Information Services, and Alan Korman: Vice President – Corporate Development, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary get pied in the face! (see on Facebook)

They also had various basket raffles throughout the year, a 50/50 raffle every Monday and Friday, and a CMCO Associate Bowling Night (In one of the games, for every pin employees beat executive Kurt Wozniak by, he donated 10 cents to the charity!) What exciting and creative ideas!

Not only this, they volunteered their time by working at Cornerstone Manor during the United Way’s “Day of Caring” (see on Facebook) held a peanut butter and jelly drive, and a giving tree with tags of Christmas wish list items from the residents of Cornerstone Manor! Wow! We are so grateful for this model community of people for their commitment and help to the Buffalo City Mission.

The Buffalo City Mission is an organization we feel truly makes a difference in Western New York. The services and support it provides positively impact individuals and families in need and we are confident our donation will go a long way to improve the community we live and do business in,” said Tim Tevens, President and CEO of Columbus McKinnon.

Thank you so much to every person employed at Columbus McKinnon for your vision, planning, and fundraising to assist the people who need it most in Western New York. You truly have made the world a better place, not only with your products but also with your deeds. Thank you from all of us to all of you!

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