August 21 was a momentous day, the day of the great eclipse! It also happened to be the day of the 7th Annual Komatsu Mining Corp Golf Tournament to Benefit Habitat for Humanity, hosted in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Representing both surface and underground partners, suppliers came from throughout the United States and Canada to support Habitat’s mission to provide access to safe and affordable housing. While golfers were armed with eclipse glasses in hand, cloudy skies kept the focus on the greens. The day of golf was followed by dinner, a silent and live auction, raffle and an evening program with awards and a presentation from Habitat for Humanity.
During the evening program Jeff Schmaling, President-Americas North and the Executive Sponsor of Komatsu Mining Corp’s Habitat for Humanity efforts, shared the philosophy behind the long-standing partnership with Habitat. “Investing in organizations that aim to bring a sense of safety and vitality to a community is a priority for us and Habitat for Humanity does just that. When we started our partnership with Habitat our goal was to not only make a difference by helping others achieve the dream of homeownership, but we wanted to see comprehensive change in a neighborhood that is close to our facility. We shared Habitat’s belief that by increasing homeownership in a neighborhood you can have a positive ripple effect on a community.”
Brian Sonderman, Executive Director of Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, echoed Jeff Schmaling’s sentiment, discussing how Habitat makes an overall difference in the neighborhood. “It’s not just Habitat homeowners who have been impacted by our work. From a 70% reduction in vacant lots and blighted properties, to stabilized property values, to improvements at the Washington Park pool, to a 48% reduction in crime, thousands of residents of this great neighborhood have seen their quality of life improve because of the neighborhood revitalization strategy of Habitat. We wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this without our partnership with Komatsu and the support of suppliers like those here tonight.”
The event is projected to net nearly $85,000 bringing its six-year total to over $650,000 net raised for Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity. The golf tournament is just one part of the comprehensive commitment Komatsu Mining Corp has made to Milwaukee Habitat, the partnership also includes a workplace giving campaign and year-round employee volunteer efforts.
As we celebrate the success of the supplier golf tournament we recognize those who supported this year’s event including, Threesome Sponsors: Accurate Metal Products, Inc., Altra Industrial Motion, American Roller Bearing Company, Anixter, Aramark Uniform Services, ATF, Deloitte, Engman-Taylor Company, Inc., Industrial Maintenance Welding & Machining Co., Intervala LLC, JADCO, Kloeckner Metals Corporation, Magnetek, Inc., Matric Limited, Michael Best & Friedrich, MTU America Inc., Parker Hannifin, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren sc, Scot Forge, SKF, Southwestern Manufacturing, The Halvorsen Company, The Timken Corporation, Trade Tech Inc.,Weldall Mfg. Inc and Womack Machine Supply.
With additional support from: ABB/Baldor, American Roller Bearing Company, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Conductix-Wampfler, Delta Dental of Wisconsin, EIS, EyeMed Vision Care, Frisa Forjados S.A. DE C.V. , Highview Custom Fabricating, Inc., Huntington Technology Finance, Marine Travelift Shuttlelift, McIver Engineering & Controls, Mid Valley Industries, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Ogletree Deakins, PCC, RBC Bearings, Snyder Industries Inc, Trade Tech Inc., Universal Welding & Engineering, Inc., and Xerox Corporation.
The 8th Annual Komatsu Mining Corp Golf Tournament to Benefit Habitat for Humanity is scheduled for Monday, August 20, 2018 at The Legend at Bristlecone in Hartland, Wisconsin.