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unwrapping holiday cheer pelco donates one millionth toy by Patricia Moratto, Contributing Writer one million toys. one million smiles. one million children who have delighted in unwrapping a gift of their own during the holiday season. SM 6 | Pelco Press Winter 2006 Since its humble beginning in the celebration event was a warm thank you to The Sikh Community of 1993 with the presentation of With more than 1,000 employees, every one who contributed Fresno marched in the parade, little more than 800 toys, Pelco’s families, and community members to this year’s record-setting followed by a huge pirate drive to collect toys for the in attendance, the Pelco campus toy drive. ship ﬂoat, representing this U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots was ﬁlled with true holiday spirit year’s masquerade ball (see page foundation has grown bigger on December 14 during our annual The entries in the parade 10). The Model-A club also drove and better each and every year. Toys For Tots parade. were diverse, festive and car enthusiasts crazy with their And this year was no exception exciting! The parade began historical contribution to as more than 152,000 toys were Pelco put on a spectacle that won’t with the United States Marine the event. donated, pushing the total number soon be forgotten. Highlighted Corp Color Guard, and the of donated toys in the history of by the Roosevelt High School crowd cheered especially The impressive parade entries Pelco’s efforts to over one million. Marching Band and a parade of loud as Raggedy Ann and were judged and awards were employee and civic groups, the Andy made their entrance. presented by Pelco President and Pelco celebrates during annual Toys For Tots parade. Lt. General Cooper USMC (Ret.) pictured with Mary Erisman, EOM/ECO Process Manager. Jim Kee, Exhibits Engineer as Austin Powers. Christmas Pirate Ship and Roosevelt High School Marching Band shower onlookers with candy and holiday cheer. Pelco Press Winter 2006 | 7 Following Pelco’s annual Toys For Tots parade, President & CEO David L. McDonald presents Cooper with bear representing One Millionth toy. CEO David L. McDonald, Clovis our wonderful people when the individuals who make signiﬁcant Of course, Pelco couldn’t do it Mayor, Nathan Magsig and Toys toys are presented to the Marines. contributions to the Toys For alone. This year, to recognize For Tots National CEO Lt. General One million children’s smiles – and Tots drive. Irene was picked all of the phenomenal sponsors Matthew Cooper, USMC (Ret). counting. There can be no more because of her great efforts that have helped make this worthy cause than this.” and willingness to selﬂessly dream a reality, Pelco started For best overall entry, the Pelco’s Customer Satisfaction donate of herself toward this a new tradition. To show our International Sales Department Program Coordinator, Jennie Pro great cause. a appreciation and thank those hristmas. won for “A Shagadelic Christmas.” supervised to make Sanchez super ake supporte who supported our efforts, This ’70s-themed group performed erformed sure the disp of toys was display as the legacy create Pelco created ornaments and ce a choreographed dance to the spectacular. “My m st fulﬁlling ectacular. most The parade is the culmination isplay display stands en engraved with theme song from Austin Powers. stin job the jo of the year is t e supervision of a year-long toy drive and sponsor sponsor names. setup of the setu and presentation of on fundraiser. And the millionth the donation the toys,” she explained. “It stil still toy donation is something that back to the The parade wound its way to the brings bri tears to my eyes knowing far surpassed the imagination workshop w breezeway between Buildings that tha each one represents a child’s of all who participated during As the last toy was loaded into A . Three and Five, where Mr. they em smile when th open them on the ﬁrst toy drive back in 1993. ev the truck, everyone let out a nds McDonald, among thousands morning.” Christmas m In fact, this year’s contribution relie sigh of relief. The hard work of toys, announced the much- marks the sixth year that Pelco’s aid the paid off and th toys were on f anticipated result of everyone’s After presentation Aft r the presentati to the ion donation will be the largest in their feeling their way. The feel of relief hard work. McDonald awarded Marines, Mc ed the country. s would be short-lived, however, eam Irene Estrada, a senior team holida as the holidays of 2007 are ys “Reaching one million toys is an Pelco’s cturi leader of Pelc Manufacturing Lt. Cooper appreciates the t just around the corner. amazing accomplishment – a true Department, with this year’s D kindness Pelco has shown for the testament to the dedication and Award. “Angie Awa ” The award, children. “Pelco’s effort in support Labbe Leo Labbe, Vice President of generosity of this great Pelco hono named in honor of Angie of Toys For Tots is a model all Procurement Procurement, spearheads the family,” he said. “Each year I feel Downs of t Pelco Production the on others should strive to emulate,” company’s efforts in purchasing company’ e a tremendous sense of pride for nizes Department, recogn Department, recognizes Cooper said. the the toys. He works with a 8 | Pelco Press Winter 2006 committed group to champion In addition to the overwhelming the cause, including Catherine efforts of everyone who works Dufﬁeld, who carefully orders toys tirelessly throughout the year, for boys and girls for all ages. we would like to especially acknowledge Patrick Wilson, “For every toy I buy, I consider Catherine Dufﬁeld, Mona Turner, each child. Would a little boy Art Singh, Mike Holt, Hakim like a ﬁre truck or a skateboard? Eslami, Larraine Ingalls, Would a teenager like an AM/FM Denise Turner, Carol Gilio, cassette radio? Are there enough Melissa Stacey, Jennie Sanchez, teddy bears for kids to hug? I buy Anne Bacher, Cheryl Marshall, for every age group, with the hope Monica Borgioli, Jamie Sickler that they’ll know that someone and Phil Donath. cares for each and every one of them,” Dufﬁeld said. Pelco knows every toy makes a real difference and wishes happy holidays to all. Pelco Press Winter 2006 | 9 pe special thanks to the following for their up t pelc support of the pelco toys for tots campaign! 144th Fighter Wing, Air National Guard Dave’s Deli Julie DeBenedetto RW Kunz & Associates ABF Freight System, Inc. David McDonald Justice Regional Crime Lab Salsa’s Grill ABM Janitorial David Smith Kami & David McNaught Scelzi Enterprises Accel Convention Debbie Byrum “Certiﬁed Massage Therapist” Karen Ertman Scott Schafer ACF Components & Fasteners Deloitte Services Kathleen & Warren Pannett Seasoned to Taste Alan B. Winter, D.D.S. Desperate Housewives - ABC Television Keith Parker Associates Select Remedy Personnel Services All Valley Distributors DHL Global Ken Massrey & Associates Senses World Cuisine Amber Wells Dolls, Bears & More Ken Norvell Sequoia Brewing Amenities Spa & Salon Donald Burgess Contracting Inc. Kijima’s Restaurant Serene Wellness Spa American River Packaging Dr. Amber Chatwin Knutson & Associates Custom Jewelers Seth Nehring Angela Patton Dr. Joe Martin KTV Global Sharp Ideas Anixter Dr. Kathleen Behr La Boulangerie De France Siemens Anne’s Hallmark Dream Dinners La Vogue Salon Slates Restaurant Anwar & Diane Fadal Dumont Printing Larraine Ingalls Slim & Tone Aon El Gallo Restaurant L-Com SMS Labs Applebee’s El Toro Café Lena Zamarripa Snap Logistics Arrow Electronics Elaine’s Animal Inn & Spa Leo Labbe SpecPoint Company Arthur Gallagher Ins Empowerment Team LG Electronics Spinal Health Care Center Artistic Nails & Waxing Expeditors Lin Engineering Staples Asset Creations Eye-Q Lorraine Ingalls Staples Business Advantage AT&T Facelogic Lusk Corp. Stars Atlantic Records Famico Corporation DBA A-1 National Fence M.G. Paving Co. Stephen Carroll Avnet FCM, Inc. Magic Moments Portraits Steve & Julie DeBenedetto Bacher Enterprises FedEx Massage & Esthetician Ctr Steve Pﬁeffer Baker Manock & Jensen Fig Garden Rotary Massage by Debbie Sundance Helicopter Tours Barry Welch Fino Supply Mathews Harley-Davidson Superior Installations Baskets Etcetera - Cindy Eck First Class Limousine Matt Larson Susan Bethel Baxall Limited Five Max Hayes Plumbing T&M Hazardous Waste Management, LLC BeautiControl Force Electronics Max Muscle Tahoe Joe’s Steakhouse Beauty Beneath the Bark Fowler Packing Max’s Bistro & Bakery Tamron USA Bed Bath & Beyond Fresno Breakfast House McCormick Barstow Sheppard Wayte Tatung Company of America Inc Bell Microproducts Inc Fresno Chaffee Zoo McGuire Physical Therapy Team Worldwide Bella Fruita Fresno County Federal Credit Union Mediterraneo Coastal Cuisine Teddy Town USA Blackbeard’s Family Fun Fresno County Sheriff’s Department Melissa’s Massage & Skin Care Tendex Int’l Circuits (HK) Ltd. Bodyworks by Kristy Frost Fresno Endodontic Group Me-N-Ed’s / Milan Restaurants Terry Rodriguez Bonnie Hoffdahl Fresno Falcons Men-U Salon TFS Investments LLC Boomer’s Fresno Fire Department Michael Blunt The 500 Club Break the Barriers Fresno Magazine Mike & Robin DeBenedetto The Dance Studio Brian Vickers Sign Car Fresno Police Department K-9 Unit Million Elephant Café & Bar The Edge Boutique Bright Laundry Service Fresno Radiology Money World The Lime Lite Restaurant Brighton Crest Golf & Country Club Fujiﬁlm Imaging & Information Monte F. Person, D.D.S. The Manhattan C Jacoby Fujinon Nail & Manicure The Performance Link Cal-Chip Electronics Future Electronics Nails by Janet The Ritz California Pistachio Commission Garlock Collision & Repair Nails-R-Us The Spa at Fig Garden Village Campagnia Gary S. Grossman Ph.D. Neiman Barkus Pet Salon The Ultimate Salon Canterbury Women’s Health Care, Inc. Geologistics Neo Dolce Salon The Venetian Capture the Memory Photography George Brown Sports Club New England Motor Freight (NEMF) Thomas DeWitt Carlos Pineda Gerald Lyles New England Sheet Metal Tim & Cherie Silva Carol DeBellis Gordon Industrial Ofﬁce Depot Tim Glines Carol Winter Gretchen Crozier Old Doc’s Fine Wines Time Out Body Salon Carole Jacoby & Company Real Estate Gunster Yoakley Orchard Supply Hardware T-Mobile CBC America Corp Hawaii Classic Vacations Oriental Motor Trycom Componets CDW Corporation Headlines Ovidio Ristorante U.S. Marines Centerpoint Athletic Club Helen Lynn Earls Paciﬁc Southwest Container Ultimate Solutions Central Paint Hi-Sharp Electronics Paciﬁc Transformer Union Bank Central Valley Golf & Utility Holland America Line Palace Courtyard Universal Mortgage Central Valley Landscaping Hon. Judge Armando Rodriguez Pardini’s UPS Chad McCardell Howe Electric Parma Ristorante U.S. Tint Chaffee Zoo Hungry Hair Salon/The Salon Perfect Blend Fine Cigars USF Bestway Chef’s Table IHOP Performance Motion Devices, Inc. Valley Small Business Chiffonos Bakery IKON Ofﬁce Solutions Performance Trailers Valprint Children’s Musical Theaterworks iLevel by Weyerhaeuser Phoenix Enterprises Veni Vidi Vici Chukchansi Gold Resort & Restaurant IMG Golf/Running Horse Golf Champion Piccadilly Inn Verizon Cigar Mas Fino Inﬁneon Raceway Pines Resort Vermel Tfoort Architects Claim Jumper Jaxsoaps Proware Technology Corp Vickie Lane Claudia Spaulding - Notary Public Jelly Belly Prudential Realty Vision Photography Club Habanos Jewels Unlimited Pure Bronzing Studio Vons Colter Miller Jim Weeks Quinn Painting W. Scott Forrest Gemstones Congressman George Radanovich JISCO Rabobank Walter C. Smith Co. Consolidated Services Joann Patton Rain Creek Baking Company Warner Company Jewelers Copper River Country Club John Dancer Raylene Hogan Warren Associates Cover Nail & Spa John Dolan Red Carpet Car Wash Wells Fargo Bank Creative Designs by Julia John Ellenburger Red Dragon Martial Arts School Whole Foods Market Crown of Beauty/Nails by Lisa Wisemer John Fino Red Lobster Wild Water Adventure Park Curt & Tammy Daily John’s Incredible Pizza Red Robin Winestyles D&C Concrete Jose Garza Photography Rex Moore Xpress Lube D&J Sewing Center Joseph E. Martin, D.C. Rivas Salons Xpress Yourself Dainty Digits by Debbie Joslyn Paul Riverbend Golf Club Yosemite Falls Café Dale Carnegie Training JRE, Inc Robert D. Hrynezuk Yosemite Fitness Dave Carpenter Jubilation Singers Ron Cadle Yosemite Tours Dave Toste Judystyle Royalty Limousine Zena’s Island Day Spa 10 | Pelco Press Winter 2006
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