Stories From the Field: 12 Days of Giving
STORIES FROM THE FIELD: 12 DAYS OF GIVING
Texas Oil Companies Fly City to City Donating to Worthy Causes Across the U.S.
MIDLAND, TX (December 23, 2014) – Karmic Energy and Precision Frac have taken their holiday season giving program to a very unique level. This year, they have donated to several organizations — and taken the time to visit these nonprofits in person to get to know the people who run them on a personal level.
The 12 Days of Giving campaign started on December 11th with a donation to the Lubbock chapter of Toys for Tots and concluded December 23rd in Missouri. Karmic Energy and Precision Frac launched this campaign to not only share their blessings with worthy causes across the United States, but to educate and encourage fellow Americans to help out in any way they can, too. A major factor when deciding which organization to support was the organizations’ ability to succeed and change lives. Here are some stories from the field:
Lubbock Toys for Tots Donation – December 11th
COO Mason Askins presented a check in the amount of $2,500 to Master Sergeant Tim Murphy of the United States Marine Corps and also presented the nonprofit with some toys and stuffed animals. Murphy invited Askins to get a closer look at some of the Marine vehicles. Askins learned about the various vehicles used by the military and heard stories about Murphy’s tours in Iraq. Askins thanked them for their efforts in the Lubbock community through the Toys for Tots program.
Harlem Children’s Zone – December 12th
CEO Jared Davis and President Trent Crawford enjoyed a private tour of the Promise Academy Charter School after donating 300 coats to children in the Harlem community through Harlem Children’s Zone. Promise Academy, a unique school operated by Harlem Children’s Zone, is dedicated to helping children K-12 successfully graduate from high school and attend college, offering much-appreciated support throughout their college career. They currently have 881 students attending college. Each school day, Promise Academy provides K-12 students with two meals and one snack prepared with fresh, locally grown ingredients. They also educate them on the importance of healthy eating, taking care of their bodies, and provide them with recipes (that students hopefully share with parents) to encourage healthy eating at home. Students and their families also have access to a system of support from Harlem Children’s Zone counselors. This keeps students engaged while on the path for high school and college graduation.
Nonprofit link: http://hcz.org/our-programs/promise-academy-charter-schools/
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The Bowery Mission – December 12th
CEO Jared Davis, President Trent Crawford, and Davis’ son Gavin volunteered at The Bowery Mission by serving dinner to approximately 250 homeless people in New York City. Prior to the volunteer opportunity, they were given a tour of the facilities by Peter Fitton and Laurie-Anne Bentley to learn about the Bowery Mission. They learned that not only are fresh meals served to the community, but they also provide a shower service, a clothing service to help keep individuals in clean clothing — especially those with job interviews — and programs to kick substance abuse and help with a successful re-entry into the workforce.
Make A Wish / Seattle Seahawks Game – December 14th
Before kicking off the 12 Days of Giving campaign, Karmic Energy and Precision Frac connected with Make-A-Wish to see if they had a child interested in watching a Seahawks game from a luxury suite. A 13-year-old named Daniel came close, wishing to someday attend a Super Bowl. Because Daniel had expressed a football-related wish and knowing he is a major Seahawks fan, and considering his eyesight is starting to fade, the opportunity was a perfect fit. CEO Jared Davis, President Trent Crawford, and Davis’ son Gavin invited Daniel and his family to join them in the suite for the Seahawks vs. 49ers game. They also arranged to have Seahawks Santa, Momma Lynch (Seahawks player Marshawn Lynch’s mother) and the Lynch family, the Seahawks’ Mascot Blue, Seahawks Ring of Honor honoree Jacob Green, and “#1 Life Coach” Evan Money in the suite. The result was a blast! Momma Lynch arranged for everyone to go onto the field after the game, where Daniel was able to meet several players, including Marshawn Lynch, and obtain their autographs. While in the suite, Davis presented Daniel with a signed CD, signed helmet, and signed football from rapper Nelly. Coincidentally, Daniel is a huge Nelly fan. Daniel’s wish of attending a Super Bowl will be fulfilled in 2016. Until then, he described this game as, “the best day of his life.”
Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC) – December 15th
CEO Jared Davis and President Trent Crawford visited with Megan Mayes and Bill Hobson of the Downtown Emergency Services Center located in Seattle, Washington. The DESC assists the homeless population of the area by placing them in 1 of 10 area apartment buildings owned by the DESC. A recent innovation of the DESC is to offer an alternative to the local jail for homeless citizens with mental disabilities. When faced with minor legal infractions, the DESC has provided the city and these citizens with an alternative jail/housing system. The DESC then helps get them on track to becoming more productive citizens. This program has saved the city of Seattle $4 million over the course of a year and is now being implemented in Denver as well. The work of the DESC is inspiring and innovative, and to facilitate its work, Precision Frac and Karmic Energy donated $5,000.
Wounded Warrior Project – December 16
CEO Jared Davis and President Trent Crawford donated $5,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project in Colorado Springs, CO. The donation was received with enthusiasm by Derek Duplisea, Wounded Warrior Regional Alumni Director and SFC, US Army, Ret., with many of the regional office staff in attendance. Annually, Wounded Warrior Project helps 60,000 warriors with a goal to reach 150,000 soon. The organization offers assistance not only to the warriors, but to their families as well. One of the reasons Wounded Warrior Project and the Colorado Springs regional office was chosen is the connection to the oil and gas industry. The Colorado Springs regional office manages Wounded Warrior Project programs in Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, and North Dakota — each an important energy producing state with companies that employ thousands of military veterans. As oil and gas companies, Precision Frac and Karmic Energy are excited to give back to those who fought to protect the U.S. and now work in the oil fields.
Nonprofit link: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/contact-us/colorado-springs.aspx
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Midland Association of Retarded Citizens (MARC) – December 17
COO Mason Akins and others from the Precision Frac team donated $5,000 to MARC. After receiving a tour of the facilities, the MARC staff and residents put on a short Christmas concert and everyone enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies. They invited the Precision Frac team to help decorate their Christmas tree and judge their Christmas door decoration contest, choosing the Gingerbread House door as the winner. It was a great morning for everyone, and reminded Precision Frac why they selected MARC as a recipient of their 12 Days of Giving. MARC offers programs for individuals with developmental disabilities and support for their families. They offer both residential and vocational services in Midland and surrounding communities, and are incredibly respected throughout the state for their work. Recently, MARC added a program to assist children (and their families) affected by autism.
West Texas Food Bank – December 18
COO Mason Askins, Wendy Smith, Phil Tytanic, and Chase Puckett had an amazing time volunteering at the West Texas Food Bank. While there, they stocked shelves, help clean the facilities, and most importantly they learned about hunger throughout the Permian Basin. After volunteering, Karmic Energy/Precision Frac donated $2,500 to further the food bank’s mission. The West Texas Food Bank is gearing up to celebrate their 30th anniversary. They partner with over 86 nonprofits within the 19 counties they serve. For the majority of those partners, the West Texas Food Bank is their only source of food to help feed the hungry in their communities. For every dollar donated to the food bank, 95 cents goes back into the community. They are preparing to open two new facilities after raising $13.3 million with their recent capital campaign. They will soon be opening a facility in Midland and moving to another location in Odessa.
Crisis Nursery and Teacha’s Kids – December 18
CEO Jared Davis was joined by friends Sam London (singer) and Megan Baucom (St. Louis Rams) at the Ferguson Community Center as they donated 300 toys and 300 coats to children in need throughout the community. This donation was accepted by Val Joyner of the Crisis Nursery of St. Louis. Mayor James Knowles and Louis Aboussie, Staff Assistant to Congressman Lacy Clay, attended and welcomed everyone into their community with open arms. While there, Karmic Energy and Precision Frac also presented a check in the amount of $2,500 to LaTeacha Tigue of Teacha’s Kids to kick-start an afterschool education program for children and literacy classes for adults in the Ferguson community. In addition to this donation, the companies will donate 10% raised by the newly launched GoFundMe campaign to help fund the literacy programs. After the presentations, the remainder of time in Ferguson was spent traveling through the city to see the damage caused by recent riots.
Meals on Wheels – December 19
President Trent Crawford, COO Mason Askins, Chad Carson, CFO Lochie Applin, Chris Stephens, and Mike Grigsby presented a check for $2,500 to Jody Snead of the Meals on Wheels Midland chapter. Afterward, everyone was given a tour of the facilities, learning about the Meals on Wheels program. Next, they volunteered to deliver food to people in the elderly community throughout Midland. The Meals on Wheels drivers are volunteers that deliver 500 meals per day (Monday through Friday) in the local community. When necessary, Meals on Wheels services for the senior citizen community goes beyond food delivery. They also offer wheelchair services, general help, and utilities assistance, allowing seniors to live and thrive in their own homes.
Nonprofit link: http://www.cssmidland.org/MOW.shtml
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Nonprofit Tour of St. Louis – December 19
CEO Jared Davis was honored to receive a tour led by Val Joyner of the Crisis Nursery and learn about the organization, as well as the local nonprofit organizations they service throughout the community. Davis was excited to spend so much time in the community, hearing ways his team might be able to help in the future.
Nonprofit link: http://www.crisisnurserykids.org
Crisis Nursery Christmas Party December 20
CEO Jared Davis was invited to attend the Crisis Nursery Christmas Party where the coats and toys Karmic Energy and Precision Frac previously donated were passed out to local children. Davis had a wonderful time meeting the children and their parents. The visit served as an excellent reminder for why the team decided to expand their charitable giving program this year.
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Legacy Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Center – December 22
President Trent Crawford, COO Mason Askins, CFO Lochie Applin, Phil Tytanic and his son Aiden, Sylvia Arzavala, Chase Puckett, Wendy Smith, Brant Farrar, Razonia McClellan and her son Ryker all had a great time singing Christmas songs and passing out candy canes and peppermint chocolate kisses while talking with the residents of the Legacy Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Midland, TX.
Odessa Regional Hospital – December 22
President Trent Crawford, COO Mason Askins, CFO Lochie Applin, Phil Tytanic and his son Aiden, Sylvia Arzavala, Chase Puckett, and Wendy Smith gave toys to children in the pediatric unit at Odessa Regional Hospital in Odessa, TX. Not surprisingly, the toys were very well received. When parents asked why the companies were at the hospital passing out toys, COO Mason Askins said it best when he replied, “If we can bring a little bit of happiness to your children, who won’t be in their own homes to experience Christmas this year, then we are more than honored to do it!”
Link to hospital: http://www.odessaregionalmedicalcenter.com/
Christian Activity Center of East St. Louis – December 23
CEO Jared Davis was so touched by the work being done at Christian Activity Center of East St. Louis that he decided to donate the baby grand piano he recently purchased from Houston Petroleum Club’s auction to be used in their fine arts program. The Christian Activity Center’s mission is to prepare youth in East St. Louis for successful futures spiritually, academically, and physically. Children and youth ages 5-18 pour through CAC’s doors every weekday at 3:30pm (10am in the summer) and stay in their care until 8pm (6pm in the summer). Each child is offered a hot dinner, reading and math classes, homework help, computer training, fine arts (yoga, karate, dance), recreation, medical care, college access, workforce training, and mentoring (Bible study, devotions, Sisterhood, Power Hour, etc.) In addition, CAC sends children to summer camps and on mission trips (Belize, Canada, New York, Florida, Louisiana). The piano is a Kohler and Campbell Baby Grand. It had been a part of Houston’s Petroleum Club over the past 10 years. During this time, it has been used to entertain members and guests at the club, including U.S. Presidents, foreign dignitaries, astronauts, diplomats, and captains of industry. It has led a prestigious life on the 43rd floor of the Exxon Building residing in the Petroleum Club. When installed in the fine arts center in September 2015, it will allow children in East St. Louis to fine tune their music skills.
About Karmic Energy
Karmic Energy is an initiative aimed at delivering innovative products and services that enable the oil and gas industry to take advantage of breakthrough technology. They bring balance between the energy resource development America needs to be secure and prosperous with the imperative to protect the environment and people that surround oil and gas operations. Karmic Energy brings harmony to these seemingly opposing goals in order for America to benefit from its abundant natural resources below and above ground. For more information, visit their website at www.karmicenergy.com.
About Precision Frac
Precision Frac provides the hydro fracturing industry with precision-engineered and purpose-built products and services that achieve breakthrough project-site performance. Founded in July 2013 with headquarters in Midland, Texas, Precision Frac is the industry leader in fully integrated lay flat water transfer hose systems designed expressly for oil and gas fracking applications. The company was formed by a group of entrepreneurs who saw a need to combine do-what-it-takes customer service with the highest quality. The end-to-end strength, integrated design, and quality of Precision Frac products reduce set up time, unnecessary labor costs, and risk to the environment while at the same time maximizing worker safety and productivity. At the top of the hydrofracturing technology curve, Precision Frac is constantly seeking out ways to advance the hydrofracturing industry and exceed customer expectations. For more information, visit their website at www.precisionfrac.com.
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