United Way challenge raises more than $100K for nonprofits

MANCHESTER – On Oct. 1, 25 Granite United Way business supporters and their guests boarded a bus to Gillette Stadium for a New England Patriots game. It was a fun and eventful conclusion to the 2016-17 “Get on the Bus” Stebbins Family Challenge Match that raised over $100,000 for nonprofits that support the community.

PROCON owners, Sally and Mark Stebbins are longtime United Way contributors and Alexis de Tocqueville Society members. Their family has supported the United Way through personal contributions, corporate fundraisers and challenge matches over the past 60 years.

To be eligible for the Stebbins Family Challenge Match, each business agreed to host a new workplace campaign or pledged a new corporate gift. In turn, the Stebbins Family committed $50,000 to match these new corporate gifts to United Way. All of the qualified business donors received a complimentary pair of tickets to “Get on the Bus” for a Patriots game and enjoyed time on the football field before the kickoff. The excursion also included a lunch reception at the new Hilton Garden Inn – Patriot Place, which was designed and built by PROCON.

In previous year’s campaigns, Granite United Way usually attracted three or four new companies. This year, PROCON’s “Get on the Bus” Challenge Match brought in 25 new corporate donors. One longtime partner of PROCON, Metro Walls, participated in the 2016-17 challenge and raised more than $23,000 during their first workplace campaign. Regardless of the amount donated, United Way campaigns provide an opportunity for businesses and their employees to make a positive impact on their community and serve a greater cause together. Due to the success of this year’s campaign, the Stebbins Family has agreed to host another “Get on the Bus” Challenge Match for the 2017-18 year.

PROCON’s Workplace Campaign

The Stebbins’ are passionate about fostering positive change in the New Hampshire community. Each year, their company hosts a workplace campaign where members of the United Way community share with employees how their donation dollars positively impacts lives. PROCON’s 2016-17 campaign generated $65,000 with 22 employee leadership donors and many loyal contributors of ten years or more. All employee donations are matched by PROCON, doubling their positive impact.

“Philanthropy has been an important value in our family. Our parents instilled in us the importance of giving back to the community, and we want to encourage others to do the same,” said Mark Stebbins, chairman and CEO of PROCON. “We are thrilled that the ‘Get on the Bus’ challenge has had such a positive outcome and look forward to offering another challenge during the 2017-18 Granite United Way campaign.”

Granite United Way serves over half a million residents in New Hampshire and Vermont. The organization is committed to investing in the areas of our communities with the most critical needs – education, income and health. By focusing on these investment initiatives, the Granite United Way is helping people in a new way; breaking negative cycles and tackling the root causes of problems to create lasting change. For more information see http://www.graniteuw.org/.

PROCON is a single-source, architecture, engineering and construction management firm serving multiple market sectors throughout the Northeast. The 82-year-old, fourth generation company is built on integrity, lasting partnerships and a steadfast commitment to client success. The company’s one-stop-shopping approach to design, engineering and construction services means that at PROCON, every solution is just down the hall. Visit www.proconinc.comfor more information.