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An integral part of the community service culture at Choate Construction is helping the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation get closer to finding a cure for the disease, one step at a time.

Since the company’s inception 26 years ago, Choate’s employees across the Southeast have been supporting the foundation, which provides funding for research and outreach efforts to help support those diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and to ultimately find a cure. The Atlanta and Savannah offices were presented the CF Foundation Georgia chapter’s Community Spirit Award for their outstanding leadership and support.

This year, Choate’s annual “Cars & ’Q for a Cause” event raised a record-breaking $175,985 to contribute to the CF Foundation. The fundraiser featured 104 collectible cars and 620 attendees—almost double the numbers at last year’s event.

“The rapid progress in the research for a cure to cystic fibrosis, a terminal illness, is astounding, but it is up to CF Foundation supporters to raise the research funds,” says Choate Marketing Director Emily Bridges. “That is why this event is so important. Soon we will all celebrate the day when CF stand for cure found.”

Some of the cars featured included a 1935 Chrysler Airstream Roadster, a 1932 Duesenberg, a 2015 McLaren 650S and a stunning 1927 Rolls-Royce. Attendees also enjoyed a barbeque meal from sponsor Jim ’N Nicks and entertainment by The Mystery Men band. Sandy Springs, Ga., Mayor Rusty Paul presented the event’s Sponsor’s and People’s Choice Awards. Leann Rittenbaum, CF patient and the genesis behind Choate’s support of the foundation, attended to support the cause.

“While the event isn’t held for business gain, some positive benefits resulted from it,” Bridges says. “Aside from the general exposure Choate receives, Cars & ’Q offers an opportunity to unite with our business associates, subcontractors, vendors and friends for an amazing cause. It’s a way to have a great time with our associates, and it provides a way to do something for the greater good together. Out of that, relationships are bolstered and strengthened, which in turn can have a positive impact on business.”

Across its other offices, Choate supports the CF Foundation by hosting events, such as the “Clays for a Cause” clay shoot in Savannah and participating in the foundation’s events, such as the Great Strides walks, ShamRockin’ for a Cure, CF Cycle for Life and The Peachtree Society Finest Program.

Choate and its employees also support several other organizations, including The Shepherd Center, a catastrophic spinal care hospital, and HomeStretch, which guides homeless working families in North Metro Atlanta by providing life skills training, mentoring and supportive housing.

“We have taken great strides to make participation in our events fun and rewarding,” Bridges says. “People have limited time to devote to charities, so we want to make it a great experience, complete with prizes and heavy employee recognition.”

Donna Puglisi is a contributing writer to Construction Executive. For more information, visit abc.org.

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