On Saturday, March 25, 2017 a “committed to serve” Caspers Company team of volunteers arrived at Jesuit High School in Tampa to deliver lunch to 1,300 Special Olympians, their coaches, trainers, and family members. It was a picture perfect spring day for the competitors to show off their skills in Athletics (Track and Field), Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Soccer, Stand-Up Paddle, Tennis, Volleyball, and more. After the intense battles concluded, they hugged, danced, and got something to eat.
Special Olympics has given our office staff and their family members the opportunity to team up to serve lunch this day for many years now. On one of the busiest weekends of the year, six restaurants cooked 200 to 225 McDoubles in the midst of completing record breakfast sales. It is a tall order made to look easy by the best teams in the industry. Thank you to TownMac #1477, West Hillsborough #856, Carrollwood #4143, Minnehaha #11242, Armenia #701, and KenMac #1155. This could never be done without you!
In addition to the McDouble, each recipient received a bag of Apple slices and a BOG card for a free All-American Meal with their choice of a Vitamin Water or Dasani bottled water. And that’s not all! Each meal was served by a screaming, cheering bunch of McFamily members with heavy doses of smiles, laughter, and hugs. As if that wasn’t enough, Ronald McDonald showed up at noon to light up the happiness even more!
As the crowds rolled in around 11:30 a.m., we were already serving the first wave of hungry athletes. Thank you to our food mules Human Resources Supervisor Kim Scott, Payroll Team Lead Helen Wayman, and Area Supervisor Jay Carey who jockeyed the sandwiches from the restaurants. Area Supervisor Rob Nyegard arrived early with the refrigerated Caspers Distribution transport truck with the beverages, Apple slices and paper supplies. Also, after serving 450 people for breakfast at the General Schwarzkopf Children’s Home Sporting Clays event in Land O’ Lakes at 7:00 a.m., Marketing Coordinator Amanda DuBose showed up to help.
By 12:15 p.m., we were out of food, and they were still coming. Apparently, the beautiful weather brought out about 200-300 more attendees than was anticipated. They said the numbers that they originally gave me were a little exaggerated! Yikes, OMG!!! The team hit the streets – General Manager Jeff Jolly to W. Hillsborough McDonald’s to pick-up 60 McDoubles, Amanda DuBose and CSC Accounts Payable Specialist Sandra Cappuccilli returned from Publix with PBJ pre-made sandwiches and bags of chips, and Helen Wayman returned with pizza pies. By 1:30 p.m., all were fed, happy, and our mission was accomplished, albeit in an unorthodox manner.
Touching hearts with superior service were the following:
Vice President, Community Relations Bob Conigliaro, Executive Assistant to Blake Casper Rhea Davis, Finance Analyst Bob Davis, Insurance Administrator Debbie Midulla, Accounts Payable Specialist Karen Davis, MUG/IT Specialist Chester Johnstone, Human Resources Assistant Mary Martinez, CSC Accounts Payable Specialist Sandra Cappuccilli, Vice President, Training Robbie Oberle, Accounting Assistant Alexis Griffith, Payroll Specialist Kristin DiPiazza and her husband CSC Service Technician Rafael and son Dominic.
Thank you to all the big hearted contributors that helped to make this operation a great success.