Bunge Donation Boosts Doane's Legendary Coaches Campaign
Members of Bunge's wellness committee toured Doane's George and Sally Haddix Recreation and Athletic Center facilities April 19, a place they hope will become a destination for many of the milling facility's 130 employees.
A Bunge donation is helping Doane's Legendary Coaches Campaign move closer to its $5.7 million goal, while Doane will now offer employees of Bunge's Crete site a 25 percent discount on individual or family membership rates for the fitness facility. The discount incentive will help Bunge reach wellness goals for its employees.
"Bunge has a strong interest in providing our employees opportunities and resources to proactively manage their health and wellness," said Eric Rasgorshek, western region manager for Bunge's milling business. "This new partnership with Doane offers employees a great opportunity for exercise and fitness in their local area."
Bunge pledged a total of $50,000 to the Legendary Coaches Campaign. The Crete facility is part of Bunge Milling (a business unit of Bunge North America), a primary supplier to the top food manufacturers in North America and the leading corn dry miller in the world.
"I'm looking forward to strengthening the relationship between Doane and Bunge," Rasgorshek said. He is already a member of the Haddix Center, and hopes the partnership greatly increases membership numbers with other Bunge employees.
"The Doane facility is second-to-none in this area," Rasgorshek said. "So, we are strongly encouraging our employees to take advantage of it."
Bunge's national wellness director Haley Holborow participated in the tour to explore ways and supply information to Bunge employees on how to best use the Doane facility's many resources.
The fitness center in the Haddix Center was designed to accommodate students, employees and community members. Its top level houses cardio equipment and circuit weight-training equipment, complemented by a cardio vision system. Its lower level includes a strength and conditioning area, focusing on free weights and functional training equipment. Community members can either pay an annual membership fee or pay on a daily basis.
The donation and the relationship with Doane aligns with Bunge's core values, according to Rasgorshek. Bunge supports many higher education institutions and community organizations across the country to uphold its value of citizenship.
"Partnerships between the Doane College community and the people and business of the Crete area are very important and essential to the prosperity of each. This symbiotic relationship between the physical fitness facilities of the Haddix Center and the wellness program of Bunge is a model of cooperation that is mutually beneficial. I couldn't be happier to see it come to fruition," said Jacque Carter, President of Doane College.
About the Legendary Coaches Campaign: Doane's $5.7 million Legendary Coaches Campaign honors Fred Beile, longtime track and cross country coach; Al Papik, former football and track coach and athletic director; and the late Bob Erickson, longtime basketball coach and athletic director. The campaign will renovate and expand Fuhrer Field House, make improvements to Memorial Stadium and complete fundraising for the newly constructed George & Sally Haddix Recreation and Athletic Center.