For the past several years, MillerClapperton has enthusiastically supported the American Red Cross by holding an annual Blood Drive in honor of the company's late co-founder, Ted S. Miller. It has been a way for us as a company to not only honor his legacy, but also a way to give back to our community.
The opportunity for us to do more as a company recently presented itself, and we embraced the challenge by not only committing ourselves to a great cause, but also pledging to make this an annual initiative to support many worthwhile charities. We put our heart into our work. Now it's time to apply this same passion to our communities.
The company's new philanthropic initiative will be known as MillerClapperton Cares. The name speaks to our commitment to social responsibility and the impact we can make when we work together. For the inaugural year of MillerClapperton Cares, we have selected the Kyle Pease Foundation as one of our first charitable recipients.
THE KYLE PEASE FOUNDATION
The purpose of the Kyle Pease Foundation (KPF) is to create awareness and raise funds to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs through sports.
Programs may include scholarship opportunities, purchasing of medical equipment or adaptive sports equipment for others or contributing to other organizations that provide similar assistance to disabled persons as well as participating in educational campaigns to create awareness about Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.
KPF will provide these services directly to individuals and partner with other non-profit organizations to achieve these goals. Direct benefits will be limited to persons with disabilities who need adaptive sports equipment, mobility devices or medical care.
WHY THE KYLE PEASE FOUNDATION?
Scott Stafford, a Senior Estimator at MillerClapperton and 21-year veteran of the company, didn’t realize he was looking for the Kyle Pease Foundation (KPF) until he found it. Scott had been raising money for Multiple Sclerosis for years and he began to think more about giving and how he could best put his God-given talents to use.
One thing Scott can do is run (and on occasion, bike and swim) long distances. He enjoys accumulating the miles and isn’t bothered by the monotony or discomfort that comes with running. Then, KPF came along and offered the best of both worlds; marrying his love for endurance sports with a desire for service.
The mission of KPF is to create awareness and raise funds to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs through sports. Volunteers who run, bike and swim enable people who would otherwise be on the sidelines to know the thrill of competition and the satisfaction of crossing the finish line. Scott’s passion for the nonprofit organization is both evident and infectious. Since volunteering more than four years ago, Scott has participated in more than 20 races, including five half-marathons and three marathons.
Witnessing firsthand the commitment and passion Kyle and his brother Brent have for their mission is inspiring. Their message is one of inclusion and perseverance; and it’s a message they want to spread all over the world. For years and after many competitions, they sought to participate in the ultimate Ironman Championship in Kona, Hawaii, and that opportunity finally came when the brothers were surprised by the invitation following the Raleigh Half-Ironman in June.
Knowing that getting Kyle and Brent, along with the special equipment they need for the race would require tremendous logistical support, Scott reached out to the Executive Team at MillerClapperton to see if the company could help. The initiative of MillerClapperton Cares was born and now our work begins to help Kyle and Brent get to Hawaii to spread their message and participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity.
“I was overjoyed when I learned that Kyle and Brent Pease had been invited to compete in the 2018 Ironman World Championship. This is the Super Bowl of endurance sports and it will provide enormous exposure for KPF and their mission. I want the world to see the love that the Pease brothers have for one another and I want the world to see that “Where There’s a Wheel, There’s a Way.” I am delighted MillerClapperton has selected KPF as its inaugural charitable initiative and I am proud that our company is sharing its many blessings. I believe that MillerClapperton Cares is something that our late co-founder and CEO, and my friend, Ted S. Miller, would love and consider an honor to his legacy,” said Scott Stafford, Senior Estimator.