SEVERAL MEMBERS of the Tucker Paving team will be entered in the Winter Haven Police Department’s fourth annual 5K Benefiting Special Olympics Florida. We’re encouraging as many people as possible to join them in the race or, if that’s not possible, to support Special Olympics Florida in other ways. Continue reading Special Olympics: Learn how it all began — and why
The leaders, officers and staffers of the Winter Haven Police Department aren’t seeking the spotlight of praise, but we’re going to shine a little light on them anyway. They deserve to be commended for their work in the community — volunteer work that goes well beyond their sworn and very important public-safety duties.
Through its personnel, the WHPD assists a variety of charitable and service organizations each year. In particular, the department is heavily involved with support for Special Olympics Florida. The WHPD held its Special Olympics Luncheon on Sept. 29 at the Chain O’ Lakes Complex, local officers participate each year in Florida’s Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, and planning is under way already for the department’s Fourth Annual 5K for Special Olympics Florida.
The 5K fundraiser for Special Olympics is set for the morning of Saturday, March 11, 2017, starting and finishing at Central Park in downtown Winter Haven. It’s actually four events in one — a five-kilometer race, a one-mile race, a walking competition, and a beginner’s race. You can get more information about the 5K and even register for it now (at a discount) at bit.ly/2e9gykS. The WHPD also has its own Facebook page — bit.ly/2eQSggZ — to promote its Special Olympics-related activities.
Tucker Paving, Inc., has been a business co-sponsor for previous WHPD 5Ks for Special Olympics Florida, and our team looks forward to helping out with the one coming up next March. If you — as an individual, business, or service organization — would like to help out, too, give the WHPD a call at 863-291-5858.
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Members of the management, support staff, and construction crews at Tucker Paving, Inc., like to get out into the community and help other organizations and institutions with their programs and special projects.
A few weeks back, Tucker Paving was a sponsor for the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walk-a-Thon fundraiser around Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland. As part of the sponsorship, Team Tucker members manned a water station for the walkers, who were out to help a group that trains and provides guide dogs for the blind (www.guidedogs.org).
Before that, we provided support for the Winter Haven Police Department’s Third Annual 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk for Special Olympics Florida.
More recently, Tucker Paving was among the sponsors for Clays for Courts at the Tenoroc Shooting Center, located between Auburndale and Lakeland. The Polk State College Foundation event, presented by Regal Lakeland Clays for Courts in partnership with The A.D. Morgan Corporation, was a benefit for the basketball and volleyball teams at the college.
Team Tucker was represented in the 50-target sporting clays shoot by Amanda Dawley, Mike Felix, and Josh Smith, along with colleague Wayne Agamie of Trench Plate Rental.
Some people call all of this extracurricular community activity “giving back” and “good corporate citizenship,” and that’s OK. We simply call it doing the right thing and having some fun in the process. (Getting out of the office and out of the office routine every once in a while is nice, too.)