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  1. Not all Cancer is Pink

    October 3, 2016 by Jeff Forrest

    Traditionally, October is known as Breast Cancer Awareness month. At WPC we recognize the importance of this effort and display that awareness around the company in many ways. There are pink hard hats, safety vests, and t-shirts on every job. Pictures will be taken and displayed throughout our social media and we will raise monies for specific charities. But not all cancer is pink…

    This year WPC is expanding our cancer awareness in memory of WPC Superintendent Robby Musgrove. Robby had been with us for 2.5 years. In mid-August, he was working on a project in South Carolina and developed a nagging cough. Thinking it was perhaps a chest cold or bronchitis, he eventually went to the doctor. Unfortunately for Robby, it was much more than either of those. Initial tests results showed Robby had large cell carcinoma on his right lung and one of his kidneys. He returned to Orlando with the recommendation of starting radiation immediately. He would need to have daily treatments of radiation and once a week sessions of chemo. The news continued to get worse as doctors realized that the cancer was in more places than could be treated. After the doctors had explored their options, they recognized that his time was limited. On September 18th, just over one month after being diagnosed, Robby passed away.

    It is fair to say that I didn’t know Robby very well. We had exchanged conversations in the office during his tenure at WPC and I knew him as a dedicated and likable guy. In hindsight, I wish I had gotten to know him better; but isn’t that usually the case after someone is gone. Robby was a part of WPC’s Special Projects and Renovations Division and had successfully worked on a number of projects throughout the years. He respected WPC’s reputation and worked hard to maintain quality on each job he was involved with. He is survived by his wife Gail and with support from the WPC family, she will be moving to Arizona to be with family.

    The sudden loss of Robby is a stark reminder to all of us that life is short, and more importantly, life can be taken from us at any time. Almost all of us have been touched by cancer in some way, whether it be a family member, a friend or a coworker. Although Robby lost his fight, other WPC staffers have battled and won and we are fortunate that they did.

    Sooner rather than later, both men and women should be getting regular physicals and exams. Early detection of many cancers improves the chances of full recovery with proper treatments. Please take the time to visit your doctor.

    As we mourn the loss of Robby, we are reminded to take care of ourselves and hug our loved ones more often.

    “Supporting the Fighters, Admiring the Survivors, Honoring the Taken, and Never, Ever Giving up Hope.” – Author Unknown

     


  2. Building Community

    June 18, 2014 by Jeff Forrest

    Building communities is something we do everyday, however it’s our service, volunteering, and support of non-profit organizations of which we are most proud. At the end of January, WPC was able to support a local grassroots organization, which helps families with the unforeseen costs of cancer treatments, in a very unique way. WPC resident blogger and President, Jeff Forrest, passes the writing baton this month to employee and son, Jeffrey, as he tells a story of fighting cancer through a deck of cards.

    Welcome to my inaugural WPC blog. iphone 8 plus case ariel This should be easy to write since I’ll be talking about the same thing my old personal blog was about, poker. One of the best things about working here is the easy accessibility to working with different charities. In the past 6 months, I’ve helped build towers out of cans for Canstruction, began renovations on the new school for the Conductive Education Center of Orlando, and now played in a charity poker tournament for the Cancerbank. All have been great experiences in their own way.

    The Cancerbank charity poker tournament, held on Friday January 31st, was exciting because I could use skills I’d molded over the years for two families in need. I was actually able to play with one of the fathers we were helping in the event. apple iphone 7 silicone case marble He lost quickly but told us all about his young daughter with leukemia and thanked all of us individually for coming out and supporting him when he was in need. It gave me a little extra incentive to focus and play the best I knew I could.

    We started with 7,500 chips and within an hour I had almost 40,000, most of which was from a nice elderly woman sitting next to me. iphone 6 plus cases rose gold She didn’t mind so much when I told her who I was and the company I was representing. How, when asked to sponsor an ex-professional in a charity event, my coworkers pitched in a combined $360. That whatever was unused was still being donated, and whatever was won would be donated back to the charity. It gave me a great deal of pride to be there on behalf of WPC, and to know that it’s likely we wouldn’t have pitched in as much if I hadn’t played. tiger phone case iphone 6 Unfortunately, after another hour and a few bad runs of the cards, I was heading home early. iphone 8 apple charger case

    In the end, the Cancerbank raised over $8,000 that night and 100% of that money will directly benefit the two families battling cancer. 6 cases iphone Nearly 100 poker players from the area came out to compete and support a great cause to help others in our community.


  3. The Season of Giving

    June 12, 2013 by Jeff Forrest

    We are already in the second week of November and Thanksgiving is fast approaching. You may have heard me say before that this is one of my favorite holidays; there is nothing better than turkey sandwiches and pumpkin pie for days on end.

    This season is less about food, however, and more about gratitude and the WPC family certainly has much to be thankful for this year. cases iphone 6 leather In addition to the improved economic conditions that have increased our workload, we are thankful for our many clients who continue to put their trust in WPC and select us to be a part of their construction teams. iphone 8 plus pink marble case We are grateful for the hard work of our subcontractors and vendors across Florida and the rest of the country, as well as their participation in our many philanthropic endeavors that allow us to give back to our community.

    Our most recent event was Canstruction Orlando, a design-build competition using canned and packaged foods as the materials for building theme-based structures. At the end of the competition, all of the food is donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Our design was the recreation of the Give Kids the World Village logo, a 70-acre non-profit fantasy resort in the Orlando area that provides weeklong cost-free vacations to children and their families suffering from life-threatening illness. Our design supported this year’s theme of Orlando Can Be Magical. It was so well received from our subcontractors and vendors that through our joint efforts we donated 2,500 canned and packaged foods, as well as donated $2,000 to Give Kids the World Village. We are pretty excited to have been able to support 2 non-profit organizations through one event. iphone 7 plus phone cases chelsea (We also took 2nd place for Structural Ingenuity and earned the Daily City’s Biggest Heart Award).

    WPC will continue to give back to our community throughout the holiday season and the rest of the year. best iphone 6 battery case We are blessed to be able to make an impact in lives of those in need and I am proud of those WPC staffers that volunteer their time towards these causes.

    On a personal note, I just completed my first half marathon at the Santa Barbara International Veterans Marathon in California. iphone 7 case frosted It was a very cool accomplishment and one I hope to repeat many times in the future. iphone 7 magnetic case This marathon falls on the weekend before Veterans Day and celebrates the many veterans around the world who have served our country.


  4. The Story of Contractors Who Care

    June 13, 2011 by Jeff Forrest

    I was never shy when it came to asking my friends, colleagues, vendors and clients for contributions to whatever cause I was raising money for. iphone 6 plus gravity falls case I wouldn’t ask very often, but I always felt the causes were worth every effort when I did ask. iphone 6 360 case camo boys iphone 6 case kenzo iphone 6 case caseology Yet in the back of my head, I knew more could be accomplished if I was able to reach a greater number of people. lumi case iphone 8 The idea was simple; it’s easier to ask 100 people for $100 dollars than to find 10 people to contribute $1,000. iphone 7 glitter case gold magnetic phone case iphone 8 The key was reaching these100 people.

    When my father died in 1997, I thought it would be honorable to create a scholarship in his name for a student interested in the construction industry. touch phone case iphone 7 plus glitter case for iphone 6 plus iphone 6 case plastic iphone 7 plus case armour heart phone case silver iphone 8 In order to make that happen, I’d have to connect to another 100 people. iphone 6 case perfect iphone 8 phone case cute This only meant one thing; I needed to reach more people.

    WPC regularly donates to worthy causes. red iphone 7 case silicone iphone 6 case solid colour At our peak when the economy was flourishing, we donated tens of thousands of dollars annually to various organizations. personalised iphone 7 case prime 8 plus iphone cases girls When the economy changed and we were forced to reduce our spending, I realized that it would take a collaborated effort in order to help those organizations in a time when they needed it most. iphone 7 plus cases with holder animal iphone 6 case One hundred people would no longer be enough. belk iphone 7 case I would need to multiply the number of people I was connecting to. iphone 6 se case leather shock resistant iphone 7 plus case The only place I knew to turn was within my own industry. iphone 7 phone case character iphone 7 case logan paul lambogini iphone 7 case One with hundreds of thousands of companies, vendors and networked contacts, the construction industry was the answer. iphone 8 geometric case anne stokes iphone 7 case shockproof iphone 7 case black iphone 6 plus cases spigen navy blue iphone 6 plus case iphone 6 case handmade If I could reach out to a large portion of those people and get them to donate, on average, $100 each, then we could raise millions of dollars for worthy causes.

    Having had the idea in my head for at least ten years and having talked about it with friends and family for several years, the time had come to act. iphone 7 case fade gold glitter iphone 7 plus case gear4 iphone case 6 I presented the idea to my Harvard classmates in May of 2011 and received the advice, feedback and encouragement I needed to move forward.

    The question was how to galvanize such a large group of people behind the idea. iphone 8 plus phone case bulky iphone 7 disney phone cases rose case iphone x marble design iphone 7 plus case How would I convince them that we needed to do this? I realized that the answer is in our DNA. iphone 8 plus 256gb case iphone 7 case pink leather It is our instinct to help people. caseology iphone 7 case plus Caring is part of who we are as humans beings. With that, I knew I needed to ask our industry to care, thus Contractors Who Care (CWC) was born.

    The next step was to cultivate a message with purpose and intent so that people would feel compelled to be involved with CWC. First and foremost, our goal is to give 100% of funds raised, back to our communities. otterbox symmetry iphone x case iphone 6 rubber case cat phone case charger iphone 6 plus Giving back to the communities in which we work, live and play is the cornerstone of this organization. funny iphone 7 plus phone cases We need to impact people that we see everyday and we want them to know we care.

    Initially, there are at least two areas where funds will be distributed: