At Sabre Systems, Inc., we strive to positively impact the communities in which our personnel live and operate. We seek to build stronger neighborhoods while also ensuring the sustainability of our business. Because at Sabre, we feel it is our duty to help those in need, our commitment to giving back extends beyond local charities, to global causes as well.
Sabre Honored at 2013 Corporate Philanthropy Summit
Sabre was honored to be presented with the “Top In-Kind Donor”, “Top Cash Donor”, and “Community Impact” awards in the large companies category at the 2013 Corporate Philanthropy Awards. The event, which was held on April 25, 2013, honored the Philadelphia region’s most generous companies.
Sabre received a “Top in-Kind Donor” plaque, which recognized companies that offer their expertise, products or services to local charitable causes. This is the second time Sabre has received this distinction, with the last being for the 2010 fiscal year. Sabre was also presented with a “Top Cash Donor” plaque in recognition of being a substantial contributor of cash gifts and a “Community Impact” plaque, which honored companies that donate the most time, service and cash to charitable causes. In addition to being recognized at the summit, Sabre’s contributions were also highlighted in the Philadelphia Business Journal’s April 26, 2013, special Corporate Philanthropy Summit publication.
Sabre Sponsors Bowl for Kids' Sake Event
Sabre employees and their families gathered at Thunderbird Lanes in Warminster, Pa., on Sunday, April 7th, for a fun afternoon of bowling, raffles, prizes and entertainment in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County at the organization’s annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake event.
Sabre proudly sponsored the annual event, which raises funds to benefit the organization and its efforts to carefully match children with caring adult mentors, and to provide ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor and the child’s family.
Sabre Employees Donate Old Phones for Good Cause
Sabre employees continue to demonstrate their support for the troops by participating in the “Cell Phones for Soldiers” ongoing program, through which used cell phones are collected and then traded for prepaid calling cards that are then provided to U.S. troops stationed overseas.
“Cell Phones for Soldiers” was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., in 2004. The organization has provided troops with more than 2.5 million prepaid calling cards, equating to 181 million minutes of free talk time. The organization reportedly mails approximately 12,000 calling cards each week, and has recycled more than 10.8 million cell phones, reducing the impact on landfills.
For more information about the program, please visit http://cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
Sabre Helps Three Employees Who Lost Homes to Sandy
Sabre Systems, Inc., a professional information technology (IT) and engineering services company headquartered in Warrington, Pa., together with the help of their employees donated over $15,000 to three employees who lost their homes as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Two employees who reside in Central New Jersey and one in Southern Maryland were left homeless after the storm.
Sabre employees contributed more than $5,000. That combined with Sabre's $10,000 contribution was distributed to each employee.
Greg Battista, one of the employees who lost his home, recounts his experience and shares his gratitude.
“We were under voluntary evacuation and chose to stay given that we have lived in the house since 1962, and never had any water enter the house. We took some precautions and raised all of our stuff on cinder blocks and placed items in the attic. Around 8pm on Monday night, the water was still pretty low but started rising FAST. It was coming up about 1-2 feet an hour. My road usually floods whenever there is a high tide, but when the water started to slowly seep through the door we threw down towels thinking that the water was done rising, but it was a lost cause. I put on chest waiters and my mom put on rubber boots and watched in amazement as the water kept rising. Once the water was over my Mom’s boots at about knee-high, I knew we had to leave…now! I put my mom on my back and put her into a little 8 foot boat I had ready in my backyard. We drifted over my neighbor’s fence and they let us into their house where the water rose another foot or so. Boats on trailers started floating down my road and crashed into houses. The next day it looked like the pictures I saw from hurricane Katrina, people were on roofs surveying the damage. Helicopters were constantly flying over, searching for people. People were driving boats and wave runners in the streets rescuing people.
After the hurricane flooded my house and ruined everything I had, I felt lost and confused. My fellow Sabre coworkers did so much to assist me during this difficult time, not only monetarily but also with care and support. Fred [Kuster] constantly offered his support and guidance and his wife made me a delicious chicken sandwich. I am also extremely grateful for a Sabre employee who opened his home to me and made me part of his family, the gesture greatly eases the burden I am facing right now.
I wanted to express my sincere gratitude to everyone at Sabre, the generosity of the donations received has truly touched my family’s heart. Sandy may have put my family in a difficult situation, but I am confident that we will be able to rebuild. I feel very fortunate to be working amongst such generous and caring people.”
Each of the three employees expressed appreciation at the generosity of their fellow employees and the company; the donations were very helpful in assisting them to rebuild and replace what they lost.
Sabre Employees Contribute to Holiday Donation Programs
Warrington employees shared in the holiday spirit by participating in the “Be an Angel” and “Food Cupboard Collection” holiday donation programs.
Through the “Be an Angel Program,” employees “adopted” an underprivileged child and provided gifts off of his or her wish list. This toy drive for children in need was held in conjunction with the Salvation Army’s Angel Program.
Through the Food Cupboard Collection, Sabre collected canned goods and personal care products for those in need. The Food Cupboard is organized by the Coordinating Council of Health and Welfare, which is one of several agencies that comprise the Hunger Nutrition Coalition of Bucks County.
Sabre, Proud Sponsor of Spiggy & Friends
Sabre recently sponsored the Spiggy & Friends Fundraising event, which took place Oct. 18-22, 2012 in Southern Maryland. Sabre’s Glen Ives and Jamie Norris attended the event, which benefitted the family of Petty Officer Aaron Vaughn, the family of Captain Patrick J. Hovatter, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Children’s Hospital in Washington DC, as well as several other organizations in Southern Maryland.
According to Glen, Group Vice President (GVP) of the Mid-Atlantic Region, “What a tremendous day we had honoring Captain Pat Hovatter’s memory and raising $20,000 in support of Children’s Hospital and Wounded Warriors!” Glen was extremely happy to honor Pat while donating to a great cause. He added, “Pat Hovatter was the finest Naval Officer and Commanding Officer that so many of us were privileged to serve with. He was my friend, shipmate and neighbor… and the entire Hovatter family was always dedicated to serving our nation, our Navy and our community. Pat’s special talent was bringing good people together to do great things, and it’s extraordinary to see that even after his death, he is still bringing good people together to do great things. We, at Sabre, could not be more proud to have been part of this first annual Captain Patrick J. Hovatter Memorial Golf Tournament as a major sponsor to help support these wonderful organizations that take such good care of our children and Wounded Warriors.”
Sabre Establishes Hurricane Sandy Employee Relief Fund
Hurricane Sandy victims are attempting to recover from the massive storm that devastated much of the east coast earlier this week. Sabre is currently aware of two employees who were severely affected by the storm. An employee who works on the Advanced Arresting Gear program for NAVAIR Lakehurst, and another who supports the Atlantic Test Range at Pax River, have been displaced from their homes and are unable to return in the unforeseeable future. Although these employees were able to evacuate and are safe, they were only able to leave with minimal belongings.
As a result of this devastation, Sabre has established a relief fund through which employees can make donations to directly support those dealing with the damage the natural disaster has left in its wake. If you wish to contribute to the Sabre Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, please provide your donation to Sabre Systems, Inc., Attn: Employee Relief Fund, 865 Easton Road, Suite 300, Warrington, PA 18976. Please make your check payable to Sabre Systems, Inc. and specify “Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund” in the memo field. Your exceptional generosity is much appreciated not only by the company, but by all impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Sabre will match all contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. The donations will be divided and sent directly to Sabre employees impacted by the hurricane. Sabre hopes that by providing financial support to its employees, it will help lessen some of their burdens as they prepare for long-term recovery.
Sabre Proud to Support Lion's Club Tourney for 10th Year
Sabre was a proud sponsor of the Hollywood Lion’s Club Annual Golf Tournament, which took place in southern Maryland, Sept. 7, 2012.
The Lions Clubs focus on sight-related charities, collecting used eyeglasses and providing new glasses for low-income residents, and this annual golf event continues to be the Club’s major fundraiser.
Recognizing that support of the Hollywood Lions annual tournament supports a variety of local charities, Sabre has proudly partnered with the Club for 10 consecutive years. In addition to contributing funds, Sabre provides the Hollywood Lions with staff assistance for conducting the tournament.
Sabre Employees Support Toilet Seat Open
Employees from Sabre’s Mid-Atlantic (MA) Region gathered together on Oct. 9, 2012 to attend the 52nd Annual Toilet Seat Open (TSO) golf tournament. The event, which benefitted PMA290, took place at the Swan Point Yacht and Country Club in Swan Point, Md.
The inaugural TSO was held in May 1985 in response to a Congressional inquiry into high price military spare parts such as the famous $500 hammer and, specifically, the now infamous $600 P-3 toilet seat! It has been held each fall and spring since, and has provided some levity to the stressful weapon system acquisition environment, allowing the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) team to come together for some much needed enjoyment.
According to Jamie Norris, Vice President, Business Development, “Sabre has always been a proud sponsor of the PMA-290 TSO Golf Tournament. This one was especially nice as Bob Roof and I were able to contribute to the winning team with two Eagle putts which results in a 12 under par winning score. Finally Sabre will have names on the TSO trophy after many year of trying!” He added, “More important, though, is the amount of time and energy our Sabre employees supporting PMA-290 put into this golf tournament to make it such a nice event. Because of their efforts, this tournament is held twice a year in the spring and fall with a complete field of players.”
Sabre Sponsors CSM Golf Classic
Sabre sponsored The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Foundation’s 21st Annual Golf Classic, which took place Aug. 16, 2012.
The CSM Foundation provides educational opportunities and the necessary resources for CSM students to succeed in the areas of athletics, trades and energy programming, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and student scholarships.
According to the organization’s website, “The CSM Foundation, established in 1970, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization with a charge to promote academic excellence, growth, progress and the general welfare of the College of Southern Maryland by raising and managing funds, and providing support to strengthen and develop the college and its objectives. The foundation seeks to provide outstanding educational opportunities and services to students, employees and the Southern Maryland community which is accomplished through successful friend-raising and fundraising.”
Generosity was in the air as the Sabre offices wrapped up their respective collections for the Soldiers’ Angels Spring Drive.
Employees from across the company donated countless items, including granola bars, magazines, toothbrushes, gum, razors, puzzle books and more, which were sent to deployed service men and women to help provide aid and comfort. The company also donated hand sanitizers to be included in the care packages.
Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which was established out of concern for deployed soldiers who did not receive mail or support from home.
Sabre has been supporting this cause by taking up collections of needed items since the fall of 2010.
MA Region Supports Hospice of St. Mary’s
Sabre was a proud sponsor of the 17th Annual Run & Fun Walk for Hospice of St. Mary's County, which took place April 14.
The Run & Fun Walk for Hospice, which began in 1996, benefits Hospice of St. Mary’s, an organization that provides comfort, care and support for the terminally ill. All proceeds are donated to this cause, and the event has raised more than $400K to date.
Sabre Supports America’s VetDogs
Sabre was a proud sponsor of this year's second annual America’s VetDogs 5k run and walk event, which took place on April 22, at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, Md. Chaired by United States Naval Academy (USNA) Midshipman Ari Schiff, and organized by non-profit organization America’s VetDogs – The Veteran’s K-9 Corps, the event raises money to train service dogs for disabled veterans.
America’s VetDogs - The Veteran's K-9 Corps was founded by the Guide Dog Foundation for the blind, which serves the needs of disabled veterans and active duty personnel. Since 1946, the Guide Dog Foundation has provided guide dogs and training at no cost to people who are blind or visually impaired, including veterans.
Sabre Supports Red Cross
Sabre sponsored the 9th Annual Red Cross Walk & Run to Save Lives, which took place April 21, 2012, at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Pa.
According to the organization’s website, the Red Cross Walk & Run to Save Lives is the biggest fundraiser for the Red Cross. “The Walk & Run supports programs and services to help you, your family, and your neighbors prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.”
Sabre Sponsors United Way Gala
Sabre was a proud sponsor of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow (GTLT) fundraising gala, which took place on March 22, 2012, at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia.
The United Way Women’s Initiative is devoted to supporting adolescent girls through public education, advocacy, volunteer mobilization and funding. The program teaches girls the values required to rebuff negative influences and achieve individual success as adults.
Sabre Sponsors Southern Maryland STEM Week
Sabre’s Mid-Atlantic (MA) Region is a proud sponsor of the Southern Maryland Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Week, which will take place April 10 through the 14, 2012.
According to the event brochure, “[Sabre’s] support will help fuel the future of STEM education in the tri-county area and introduce more than 1,500 educators and students to the various areas of STEM.”
The event, which will be hosted by the College of Southern Maryland, includes a tri-County Job and Career Fair, a Southern Maryland Youth in Technology Summit, a Student Success Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, as well as several other valuable workshops for attendees.
MA Region Supports Women In Defense Fundraiser
Sabre’s Mid-Atlantic (MA) Region recently supported the Women In Defense (WID) Chesapeake Bay Chapter by sponsoring two teams for a lunchtime bowling fundraiser at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River. According to the organization’s website, “WID, a national security organization, cultivates and supports the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security. WID was established to provide women a formal environment for professional growth through networking, education and career development.” With the help of Sabre and other organizations, the WID Chesapeake Chapter was able to raise $854 in two short hours.
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