What do relays, races and regattas have in common? They’re all ways Y‑12 employees stay active and support the community.
After hours, Y‑12ers are all about staying active and supporting their communities. Here’s a roundup of the activities
Relay for Life, May 16
For numerous years, Joe Kato and his Construction team have been dedicated to raising funds for the Anderson County Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser where participants celebrate survivors, remember those lost to the disease, honor those who are fighting and give back to raise awareness. This year was no exception when the 7th annual picnic raised more than $6,000.
“Cancer has touched many of us — either personally or through a friend or loved one. At Y‑12, we have lost a number of employees or family members to this insidious disease,” Mary Henley said.
Elaina Branham said, “The picnic started as a Construction event, but we have expanded the picnic to a fundraising event for all of Y‑12. The Knoxville Building and Construction Trades Council and other local businesses donate money and supplies that help to cover expenses. We also solicit and obtain donations from our staff to cover expenses.”
Cynthia Benavidez said, “All ticket sales proceeds go directly to the Relay for Life, and we’re already making plans for next year’s picnic!”
The Construction crew raised about half of this year’s $13,759. Lacey said, “We had 27 employees at the relay, but countless more supported to picnic, donated money or purchased items (like t‑shirts, Torch of Hope, hats, bracelets) to raise funds.”
Secret City 5K for Haiti, May 16
Y‑12 employees were busy on May 16 as more than 30 participated in this run, which helps St. Mary’s church raise funds for medical mission work. Y‑12er Dennis Miller is the race director. “It’s great to see employees help so many organizations in our community,” Lacey said.
Oak Ridge Dragon Boat Festival, May 30
CNS was represented at this year’s second annual Oak Ridge dragon boat races with Y‑12 and UPF teams. The three rotary clubs of Oak Ridge launched this event as a fundraiser for community nonprofit service organizations.
Transformation’s Megan Houchin said, “The dragon boat races were an exciting way to interact with co workers and the community on beautiful Melton Hill Lake! Even though our CNS crew members were from different departments and many had just met, we gelled quickly and had a great time teaming for our common goal — win!”
Fire Protection Operations’ Ben Norton liked the aspect of meeting people. “I am new to the plant and wanted to meet others who are not in my immediate circle. I also am new to the area (just moved from Florida) and wanted to get involved in some community activities,” he said. “I enjoyed the entire day, and due to my ‘small’ competitive drive, I am always up for a challenge.”