On Saturday October 9, representatives from Gordon Electric Supply awarded a $1,000 donation to the local chapter of the Buddy Check 22 organization at their sixth annual Veteran Suicide Awareness Golf Scramble held at the Oak Springs Golf Club in St. Anne.
The donation was part of a semi-annual company program that rewards a peer-nominated employee for their embodiment of the company’s core values: reliability, compassion, teamwork, and resourcefulness. The winner chooses a charity to which Gordon Electric Supply will donate $1,000. The purpose for the Core Values Award, according to Gordon CEO Cara Gordon Potter, “is to recognize an employee’s exceptional contribution and reward them with the honor of supporting our community with a donation from Gordon to the nonprofit of their choice.”
The most recent employee honored with the Core Values Award is Nelson Gowler, Operations Manager at Gordon’s Kankakee branch, who was recognized by coworkers for his resourcefulness and reliability to find solutions and motivate his team. He chose Buddy Check 22 for their dedication to supporting local veterans’ mental health. “I want to get the word out that the men and women who served our country need our support in return,” Gowler noted, “and calling a veteran you know to check in with them” can have a positive impact on veteran suicide rates.
Pictured at the donation ceremony is Kelly Frey and Don Ball of Buddy Check 22 along with Nelson Gowler and Dan Korthauer representing Gordon. At the completion of the award presentation, a veteran ceremony preceded the team golf scramble that Nelson Gowler was among the participants.