Hargrove Foundation Hosts Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Ret.) for 5th Annual Gala

The Hargrove Foundation will host its fifth annual gala on Friday, November 22nd, 2019 in Mobile, AL. We are privileged to announce Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Ret.), United States statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army, as our keynote speaker for this year’s event. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under George W. Bush. He was also the first African American appointed as the U.S. Secretary of State, and the first (so far the only) African American to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He served in this position for both President George H.W. Bush and for President Bill Clinton.

“We could not be more honored for Gen. Colin Powell to join us for the 2019 Hargrove Foundation Gala,” says Ralph A. Hargrove, President and CEO of Hargrove Engineers + Constructors. “His years of service to our country are sure to have revealed fascinating insights, and I am pleased to announce his participation in our fifth Gala event.”

The son of Jamaican immigrants, Powell was born in Harlem in April 1937 and was raised in the South Bronx. He was educated in the New York City public schools and attended the City College of New York where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. He received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon graduation in 1958 and went on to serve in the United States Army for 35 years, rising to the rank of Four-Star General. From 1987–1989 Powell served as President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor. He served from 1989–1993 as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and was the youngest officer and first ROTC graduate to ever serve in the position. During his time as chairman, he oversaw 28 crises to include the Panama intervention of 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in the victorious 1991 Persian Gulf War.

Gen. Colin Powell is the latest addition to a high-caliber list of The Hargrove Foundation’s recent keynote speakers, including John Stallworth, former American football wide receiver, Gen. Russell Honoré, USA (Ret.), commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, Captain Scott Kelly, retired United States astronaut, and Frank Abagnale, inspiration behind the Steven Spielberg film “Catch Me If You Can”. The Hargrove Foundation is honored to continue to host such renowned individuals in support of causes like the Hargrove Adaptive Toy project, which modifies toy vehicles for children with mobility limitations, helping them gain independence, motor skills, vocabulary, and more.

Mark your calendars early for this truly remarkable event and keep an eye out at hargrovefoundation.org for further details including ticket sales and sponsorships. Tickets will be on sale very soon! You don’t want to miss out!

Hargrove Foundation Hosts Frank Abagnale at Fourth Annual Gala

The Hargrove Foundation will host its fourth annual gala on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 at the Battle House Hotel in downtown Mobile, Alabama. We are privileged to have Frank Abagnale, leading authority on anti-fruad and security, and subject of Steven Spielberg’s film “Catch Me if You Can”, as our keynote speaker for this year’s event. The evening will begin with an invitation-only cocktail hour for VIP sponsors and then festivities will continue with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m.

Frank Abagnale is one of the world’s leading authorities on anti-fraud and security practices. Steven Spielberg’s film “Catch Me If You Can,” is based entirely on the story of Abagnale’s life. With Abagnale depicted by Leonardo DiCaprio, the film highlights his life as one of America’s most infamous con men, embezzling millions of dollars by posing as an airline pilot, attorney, professor, and physician — all before the age of 21. After recognizing his highly-specialized skill set, Abagnale became an asset to the FBI and has been associated with the agency for over 40 years. Now, Abagnale consults with Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, and government agencies about embezzlement, forgery and security practices.

“We look forward to hearing Mr. Abagnale’s unique perspective on anti-fraud practices,” says Steve McClure, Chairmain of the Hargrove Foundation Board of Directors. “Clearly he is a very intelligent individual with a Spielberg-worthy story. I wouldn’t want to miss it!”

Proceeds from the event will once again be directed to the HAT Project, dedicated to helping mobility limited children achieve more independence through the use of adaptive cars. To learn more about Hargrove’s Adaptive Toy Project, visit hargives.org.

For guests that may choose to stay at The Battle House Hotel, a special event group rate is available. Ticket and partnership details can be found online at hargrovefoundation.org/2018gala.

Downtown Get Down Event to Benefit the Hargrove Foundation

The Hargrove team is bringing the Mobile community together in Cathedral Square for the second annual Downtown Get Down event benefitting the Hargrove Foundation on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 5:30-8:30pm. For a $10 donation, enjoy food and beverage specials from local area food trucks and vendors, as well as live music from The Underhill Family Orchestra. Your donation includes a complementary soda, water, or beer of choice upon entry.

Downtown Get Down is a family-friendly event for all ages. Children 12 years of age and under will be admitted free of charge. A kids’ zone with entertainment will also be available. Cash and credit card donations for The Hargrove Foundation will be accepted upon arrival. Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://hargrovefoundation.org/2018-downtown-get-down/.

“This is a chance for people to gather together to celebrate our community and support the mission of The Hargrove Foundation to give back,” said Hargrove’s Mobile Office Leader, Roy Duncan, PE. Downtown Get Down is one of many fundraising events organized throughout all 13 of Hargrove’s offices nationwide in the effort to make a positive impact in the communities where we live and work.

The Hargrove Foundation is the charitable link of the Hargrove family of companies. The Foundation serves to support the four paramount sectors of education, arts & culture, sports activities, and health and human services. This event will serve to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education programs funded by the Hargrove Foundation.

For more information about Downtown Get Down, “like” Hargrove Engineers + Constructors on Facebook and check out the event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/731415560362433/.

Hargrove Foundation Hosts Capt. Scott Kelly at Third Annual Gala

(Mobile, Ala.) – Mobile, Ala. – The Hargrove Foundation will host its third annual gala, “The Sky is Not the Limit”, on Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at the Battle House Hotel in downtown Mobile, Alabama. We are privileged to have world-renowned astronaut Captain Scott Kelly, USN Ret. as our keynote speaker for this year’s event. Cocktail festivities will begin at 6 pm with a seated dinner to follow.

During his record-breaking year in space, U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly captivated the world while laying the groundwork for the future of space travel and exploration. And while science was at the core of Kelly’s groundbreaking expedition—it is his life lessons and personal stories from 229 miles above Earth and the path that led him there that provide such valuable advice on pushing one's own limits. Captain Kelly is author of the memoir, “Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey to Mars” which will be released in Fall 2017 and will be available at the gala. Signed copies are included as part of our partnership program.

“We are excited to hear from Captain Scott Kelly this year,” says Steve McClure, communications chair of the Hargrove Foundation. “Not many can say they’ve been to space, and Captain Kelly has spent a great deal of time there. I know there is a lot to learn from someone with such a unique perspective.”

Proceeds from the event will be directed to the HAT Project, dedicated to helping mobility limited children achieve more independence through the use of adaptive cars. To learn more about Hargrove’s Adaptive Toy Project, visit hargives.org/hat-project/

For guests that may choose to stay at The Battle House Hotel, a special event group rate is available for two days prior and after the event. Ticket and partnership details can be found online at http://hargrovefoundation.org/2017-foundation-gala/.

Hargrove Foundation Hosts Second Annual Gala

The Hargrove Foundation will host its second annual gala on Thursday, November 10th 2016 at 6:00pm. The gala will be held at The Admiral Hotel in downtown Mobile, Alabama. Tickets may be purchased online for $175 per person or $1200 for a table of eight, and guests should wear formal cocktail attire.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be Lt. General L. Honoré, U.S. Army (ret.). General Honoré is best known for serving as commander of Joint Task Force-Katrina, responsible for coordinating military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina affected areas across the Gulf Coast. His countenance is highly respected, and the entire country was captivated by his leadership and patriotism in the face of some of the most devastating natural disaster situations America has ever seen.

Prior to his command of Joint Task Force-Katrina, General Honoré served in a variety of command and staff positions which focused on Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Homeland Defense.

As Vice Director for Operations, J-3, The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., and, as the Commander, Standing Joint Force Headquarters-Homeland Security, United States Northern Command, General Honoré’s focus was Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Homeland Defense. For four of the past six hurricane seasons, he supported the Department of Defense planning and response for Hurricanes Floyd in 1999; Lilli and Isidore in 2002 (both hit the Gulf Coast); Isabel in 2003; and Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne in 2004.

“We are excited to have General Honoré at this year’s gala,” says Steve McClure, communications chair of the Hargrove Foundation. “His example of what it means to be a leader, team player, and civil servant is something we can all aspire to.”

Hargrove Engineers Unveils First Adaptive Toy

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors will unveil their first adaptive toy as part of the HAT (Hargrove Adaptive Toy) Project on Thursday, October 20th in the Hargrove Courtyard. The initiative is dedicated to filling the gap for adaptive toys among mobility limited children, like the first recipient, who has cerebral palsy.

Last December, Hargrove Instrumentation Engineer, Michelle Jones, P.E., met Stefanie Pablo during a field trip with her son who shared about her daughter, Emma’s, special mobility needs. From that moment forward, Michelle became dedicated to using her engineering expertise to assist children with special mobility requirements. On Thursday evening, the first adaptive toy “EMMA” (Engineered Machine for Mobility and Access), named in honor of our first recipient Emma Pablo, will be unveiled to the 11-year-old girl and her family.

“After hearing Emma’s story, I knew there had to be a way we could help,” said Jones. “I contacted our President and CEO Ralph Hargrove that afternoon. His response was immediate and supportive. The goal was to build something that would enrich Emma’s life and provide her access to the tools she needed to learn to move around in space and control her environment. I began to reach out to fellow engineers and designers whom I knew would share in this vision. We worked to modify an off-the-shelf toy car…and once we saw the look on her face during a sit test, we knew it was worth it.”

Many mobility limited children do no not qualify for an insurance-provided electric wheelchair as they must prove their ability to independently control the chair before they can receive aid. These adaptive toy EMMAs will provide a convenient, accessible pathway for development of the necessary skills to meet the insurance requirements. Studies have shown that the ability to control one’s movement through space has a direct impact on social, cognitive and speech skills. Therefore, providing mobility limited children with access to these adaptive toy EMMAs has the potential for additional life changing impacts. Each EMMA can be customized with headswitches, joysticks and push buttons to accommodate individual needs.   

Future recipients of single-function EMMAs will be randomly selected. As of January 1, 2017, physical therapists will have the ability submit applications for potential users.

Thursday’s event also includes a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the launch of harGIVES (Hargrove Innovative Volunteer Engineering Services), a new volunteer organization that provides the means and opportunity to give back to the community utilizing Hargrove Teammates’ engineering and technical expertise.

harGIVES was founded so that the Teammates’ desire to give back would not remain unrealized due to lack of resources. Launching the harGIVES organization as a 501(c)3 has allowed the company’s passion for volunteerism to take on a variety of creative, hands-on projects. The Hargrove Foundation exists as a means to financially support charitable causes, while harGIVES enables Hargrove Teammates to engage in specific projects as a volunteer organization with the ability to provide goods and services.

Through the use of volunteers, harGIVES hopes to produce 10 individualized single-function cars per year. harGIVES has also partnered with the University of South Alabama’s Capstone Engineering Program to produce multi-functional EMMAs for donation to places which serve mobility limited children including schools, camps and physical therapy offices. 

The Hargrove Foundation Sponsors Cooking Matters Program for the Bay Area Food Bank

The Hargrove Foundation Sponsors Cooking Matters Program for the Bay Area Food Bank

Thanks to a contribution by the Hargrove Foundation, more than 100 youngsters will have the opportunity to participate in the Bay Area Food Bank’s Cooking Matters program for children. Cooking Matters is a hands-on cooking class for children ages 10 to 14 years old. The program’s goal is to teach youngsters how to prepare nutritious meals and have fun at the same time.

Hargrove accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Hargrove accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The recent Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Ice Bucket Challenge has undoubtedly created a social media phenomenon by flooding Facebook news and Twitter feeds with videos of people accepting the challenge of having ice water dumped on them or donating $100 to ALS.org. Many people have chosen to do both, and the ALS Foundation reports that donations from the Challenge have exceeded $88 million.

Hargrove's Memphis Teammates Fall Team Building: Mid-South Food Bank Volunteer Project

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors Memphis Teammates banded together to sort, inspect and package donated foods at the Receiving Warehouse of the Mid-South Food Bank in midtown.  Carmen Thompson, Leigh Portner, Jennifer & Pat Danehy (Mid-South Food Bank Chairman), Becky Palazolo & husband Tom Breen, Bilyana Baser, and Gina Farmer volunteered in this very worthy cause.

By the end of the evening, the Hargrove team enabled the Food Bank to distribute 1,500 meals to the community.  Great job team!

The mission of the Mid-South Food Bank is to fight hunger through the efficient collection and distribution of wholesome food, and through education and advocacy.  Their vision is a hunger-free Mid-South.

Thank you to everyone who participated and we look forward to volunteering again with the Memphis Food Bank.

http://www.midsouthfoodbank.org

Do Your Part for a Healthy Heart!

Heartwalk

Do your part for a healthy heart!

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors is participating in the American Heart Association Heart Walk on Saturday, September 21st @ 9:00am on the campus of the University of South Alabama. Participating is easy...simply join a team and then do your best to collect donations. For so many of us that volunteer for the American Heart Association, our passion is personal. Whether it is a family member or a friend, we are all connected by the common thread of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Funds raised through the Heart Walk will support the American Heart Association’s mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Will you take 5 minutes this week to register so we can kick-off the Heart Walk fundraising season?

If you have participated in past years and are not currently registered, please sign up today. We need your experience and expertise in order to continue our tradition. If you have never participated in the Heart Walk, I hope you will consider joining a team this year! We encourage and welcome everyone to be a part of this life-saving event!  

Help support McKemie Place by visiting Little House Midtown

Help support McKemie Place by visiting Little House Midtown located at 2351 Airport Blvd., Mobile, AL 36606, August 12-15. For four days Little House Midtown will donate 10% of all net sales including Gift Certificate Sales to this great organization. McKemie Place is the only overnight shelter for single, homeless women in all of Mobile, Washington and Baldwin Counties.

As proud supporters of this organization, Hargrove commends Little House Midtown and patrons for giving back to the community.

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors Serves Up Dinner and Smiles at Camp Smile

Hargrove Teammates receive a painting from one of the camp attendees.

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors Teammates served dinner to over 250 campers and staff at Camp Smile on July 17, 2013, to show their support and promote awareness of the United Cerebral Palsy’s mission, which is to empower children and adults with disabilities to live their life without limits by providing an inclusive summer camp experience where there is no limit to the adventure.

The UCP hosts Camp Smile each year to give campers a chance to take part in outdoor activities that many would not be able to do otherwise. Horseback riding, water sports, and the ropes course are all part of the fun, and encourage bonding with others who share similar life experiences.

“The thing that was most touching for me was when Weylan, one of the campers, presented us with a painting of a tree with each of the kids fingerprints as leaves as a thank you. To be part of the evening and seeing the joy in everyone’s eyes was really special,” said Marisa Inge, Hargrove’s Community Projects Coordinator.

Over 25 Teammates took part in this unique team-building experience. After dinner, campers and Hargrove Teammates attended a camp-wide dance, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

After Devastating Tornadoes Hargrove Engineers + Constructors Donates Computers to Murphy High School

Hargrove Teammates donate computers to tornado damaged Murphy High School

Mobile, AL - Hargrove Engineers + Constructors donated 28 computers and monitors to replace the ones damaged or destroyed by the Christmas Day tornado that tore through mid-town Mobile, devastating Murphy High School.

Patricia Hunter, vice principal of Murphy High School, accepted the computers on behalf of the school and thanked Hargrove Engineers + Constructors’ for the donation. Hargrove donated these computers to help the school return to normalcy during this time of crisis. The tornado destroyed the largest high school in Alabama, along with most of the technology in it.

“After the tornadoes tore through midtown and seeing the destruction of Murphy High School, we wanted to find a way to help. Donating computers was an obvious way we could contribute to get things back on line,” said Tommy McNeal, Chief Information Officer for Hargrove. “While it doesn’t fix everything that was lost, we hope it’s a step towards helping the students and faculty return to achieving a great education.”

Recently, the Alabama State Legislature passed a $30 million bond; $15 million of it will go toward restoring Murphy High School. The rest of the money will be distributed to five other high schools damaged by tornadoes.