JX SURPASSES THE ORIGINAL $20,000 GOAL AT THE FIRST EVER JX GIVES BACK CHARITY GOLF OUTING
Hartland, WI – September 13, 2018 – On Monday August 20, 2018 JX Enterprises held their first JX Gives Back Charity Golf Outing at the Chenequa Golf Club in Hartland, WI. JX Enterprises is the parent company of 20 JX Truck Center locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. The JX Gives Back Charity Golf Outing is an evolution from five previous Polar Plunge events, which raised nearly $120,000 for cancer research and cure.
The golf outing was tremendously supported and attended by vendors, customers and employees. The results surpassed the original $20,000 goal to nearly $34,000 which will be shared equally with the four charities that were selected by the JX Gives Back Employee Committee. One local charity was selected for each of the four states that JX has locations in:
- Wisconsin: The Ellen Louise Mechling Smith (ELMS) Fund for Cancer Research & Cure at Froedtert Hospital and The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. Ellen, wife of a JX employee lost her battle with cancer in 2013. The five Polar Plunges noted above had been conducted in her and others honor who have lost, are still battling or have survived the terrible disease.
- Illinois: The Eastern Illinois Food Pantry, Chicago, IL. Founded in 1983, this organization exists to alleviate hunger in a fourteen county region in eastern Illinois. They serve nearly 35,000 people on a monthly basis.
- Indiana: The Indy Honor Flight Program, Mooresville, IN. Honor flights are a nationwide phenomenon which recognizes and thanks our service men and women who have served to protect our country, security, freedoms and way of life.
- Michigan: ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI. Launched in 2009, this free to the public event generates 500,000 visitors to Grand Rapids highlighting works from artists from around the country. Proceeds are directed to introduce youth, inspire, enrich and expand the culture of art.
JX Gives Back is an important part of the JX Enterprises mission to give back to the communities in which we live and work because we are more than just trucks. The JX Gives Back Committee is made up of employee representatives from each of JX’s current 20 locations. In addition to direct funding from JX, employees donate funds with a bi-weekly payroll deduction in a program called Casual For A Cause. In exchange, employees may be more casual and wear jeans to work. Diesel technicians who participate in the Casual For A Cause program receive tool expense gift cards that are more than three times the amount of their individual donations. Another growing charitable program is Volunteer Time Off which gives employees the opportunity to get paid while volunteering on charitable events during normal scheduled work hours.