Outdoor Cap has always valued community amongst our employees. We understand that to be the best possible place to work, we must not only work effectively together as a team, we must also make time to recreate and enjoy doing life together. Outdoor Cap's Company Picnic was a huge event that did just that, it brought employees and their families together to grow relationships and have fun outside of work. This picnic was the first time since the coronavirus pandemic that Outdoor Cap was able to gather everyone together. With a large crowd of more than 350 people, the open air surroundings of a local park made it easy for people to space out to ensure everyone felt comfortable. With multiple grills, an abundance of hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks, and drinks, nobody was left hungry. The perfect weather of a beautiful day in May was great for a host of outdoor activities like cornhole, football, kickball, bingo and just hanging out. Outdoor Cap also rented several bounce houses and offered custom face-painting for the kids. After a few rounds of BINGO were played and the winners received their prizes, it was time to gather all in attendance to for the Door Prize Drawing. Every employee who attended the picnic received a raffle ticket, entering them in the drawing for prizes such as gift cards, grilling kits, and more fun prizes. The final prize of the event was an electric bike that was raffled off to conclude the event.
One person who was part of organizing the picnic was Neil Harris. Neil described this event as, "a safe first step back". He explained how a picnic was a great way to gather Outdoor Cap's employees and their families while making sure people were able to spread out allowing everyone to feel safe. When asked what his favorite part of the picnic was he responded, "As soon and everyone had their hamburgers and hot dogs, everything settled a bit. I am by nature a people watcher, so that was my chance to watch as folks introduced their spouses, significant others, and family to their colleagues." He explained that people who have been employees at Outdoor Cap in the past couple years have likely talked about their family to their colleagues but until the picnic had not had the opportunity to meet.
The company picnic was not the only event that Outdoor Cap was part of this past month. Individuals from Outdoor Cap took part in the Saving Grace Butterflies & Blooms Luncheon. Saving Grace is a non-profit organization that provides young women with safe housing and assistance such as education assistance, career guidance, counseling, and other resources to assist those who have aged out of foster care or are facing homelessness. This Christian non-profit organization put on a powerful event to celebrate and share with their sponsors how they have impacted the lives of the young women that participate in their programs. This event recognizes the ways they are empowering generational change among the 18-25 year old women they serve.
Stephanie Miller (seen on the far right of the picture below) is one of the many employees at Outdoor Cap who attended this special event. She noted that Outdoor Cap has supported Saving Grace's annual luncheon for many years. Stephanie expressed that "All of us that were able to attend were moved by the stories throughout the afternoon and left with information as to how to get involved and help even at an individual level which I feel is always a special thing to be able to walk away with from a large event like that."
During the month of May, Outdoor Cap was also a sponsor at the 2022 Sunshine Gala which supports the Sunshine School & Development Center in Rogers, Arkansas. The Sunshine School serves children and adults that have been touched by disability and provides numerous services to benefit their students. The Sunshine School offers a wide range of therapies, early childhood education, and also offers supportive living. The Sunshine Gala is an annual event featuring both a silent auction and a live auction while guests enjoy a fantastically prepared dinner.
Stephanie Miller also attended this event and explained, "The entire event evening was inspiring knowing the funds raised goes go to help these children make strides that will improve their entire life’s outlook."
Another one of Outdoor Cap's employees that was in attendance at the Gala was Sandra King. When asked about her favorite part of the event Sandra responded, "… the story the family from Missouri shared about the progress their children have made as a result of attending Sunshine School. It was so exciting to see the fabulous gifts donated for this Gala."
The final event Outdoor Cap participated in and sponsored during the month of May was the Heather Ridley Fleeman Battle for Hope Race. This is an annual run/walk to raise awareness for colon cancer which takes place in Northwest Arkansas and honors Heather Ridley-Fleeman, who passed away from colon cancer at 28 years old. Outdoor Cap is proud to be an active and supportive partner within our community with local charities committed to making Northwest Arkansas a great place for everyone to live..