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.
Jaurigue Honored for STEM Support at Sports & Education Expo
Sabre President Phil Jaurigue was honored as the recipient of the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Education Support Award at the inaugural Sports & Education Expo on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Philadelphia, Pa.
Phil was honored by fellow University of Notre Dame alumni Mike Krach, a member of the school’s 1966 NCAA National Championship Football Team. While presenting the award, Mike spoke of Phil’s long-standing support of community outreach programs for STEM education, highlighted by Sabre’s backing of the Northeastern Maryland STEM Summit series. During Phil’s acceptance speech, he commented on the significance of STEM education as a national requirement and the importance of supporting STEM programs in the future.
Sabre Exhibits at Patriot Basecamp
Senior Executive Director of Human Resources (HR) Deb Kliman and HR Administrator Jennefer Rivera represented Sabre at Patriot Basecamp on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Philadelphia, Pa. The event offered educational, career, housing, legal and other resources for active duty, transitioning military members and Veterans.
Patriot Basecamp was sponsored by SMART (Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow) and the Sports & Education Expo, in partnership with the city’s Veterans Multi-Service Center and its new Women’s Veteran Center.
Sabre Participates in Career Skills Seminar for Veterans
On Saturday, May 17, 2014, Sabre was a proud participant in a Careers Skills Seminar for Veterans. The seminar, hosted by the Union League in Philadelphia, Pa., provided Veterans with mentorship and valuable professional insights to prepare them for the job search, and equip them with the tools needed to be successful, from application to hire.
Various workshops were held during the day-long seminar to assist Veterans with transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce. Ten human resources’ professionals from various companies attended the event and facilitated 20-minute roundtable discussions. Sabre was represented by Deborah Kliman, senior executive director of HR, who led an interview skills roundtable. Other discussions focused on topics ranging from LinkedIn techniques to resume pitfalls and necessities.
Sabre Donates to Soldiers' Angels
Sabre employees demonstrated their generosity during the month of November, when they participated in the Soldiers’ Angels fall drive.
Employees from across the company donated countless items, including trail mix, magazines, toothbrushes, novels, razors, snack packs and more, which were sent to deployed service men and women to help provide aid and comfort.
In addition, employees penned personal letters thanking the soldiers for their service. The company also received heartfelt cards from students in New Jersey.
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.
Sabre Supports Annmarie Garden in Lights
Sabre is proudly serving as a sponsor of Garden in Lights, a glorious light show at Annmarie Garden in Solomons, Md., Dec. 6, 2013 through Jan. 5, 2014.
According to the organization’s website, Annmarie Garden in Lights is a magical tour that takes visitors on a beautiful trip through the glittering woods. As guests stroll along protected path, they are transported to a fantastical place of spectacular lights and amazing light sculptures.
Sabre Sponsors MedStar St. Mary's Hospital Foundation Gala
Sabre recently sponsored the MedStar St. Mary's Hospital Foundation’s major fundraiser, the Annual St. Mary’s Hospital Gala, which was held at the Hollywood Social Hall on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in an attempt at raising funds for the non-profit organization.
The MedStar St. Mary's Hospital Foundation is an independently governed, charitable arm of the not-for-profit hospital. The Foundation spearheads the hospital's capital campaign and runs special fundraising events, including the Foundation Gala each fall. The group funds special needs for the hospital, from expansion projects and special medical equipment to annual healthcare scholarships.
Sabre Sponsors Warrior Fun Run & Sail
Sabre was proud to sponsor the first ever Warrior Fun Run & Sail on Aug. 31 in Solomons, Md. The event, which benefitted Southern Maryland military veterans and wounded warriors, was hosted by the Patuxent Habitat for Humanity.
The event turned out to be a huge success with over 300 runners and walkers partaking in the 5k fun run/3k walk; 30 boats participating in the warrior boat parade; 22 boats in the fouled anchor regatta; and approximately 300 guests at the Warrior BBQ dinner and concert party featuring the Navy band, Country Current.
Sabre Sponsors John Glenn Orbital Golf Classic
Sabre was a proud corporate sponsor of the eighth annual John Glenn Orbital Golf Classic on Thursday, Sept. 12 in Lexington Park, Md.
Orchestrated by the Marine Corps Aviation Association’s (MCAA) John Glenn Squadron each year, the charity event is dedicated to raising scholarship funds for high school students in Southern Maryland’s tri-county area. The merit-based scholarships are awarded to graduates who plan to pursue degrees in the areas of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) and show an interest in naval aviation. To date, the squadron has awarded $229,500 in scholarships to 54 students.
Sabre Supports "The Moving Wall"
Sabre proudly supports The Moving Wall, a half-scale replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial honoring our Vietnam veterans. The exhibit is just over 250 feet long and will be displayed on Hatfield American Legion Post 933 grounds located at 2100 Koffel Road Hatfield, Pa. from June 27-July 1, 2013. The Wall Exhibit, which includes an information center, will be open 24 hours a day during this time, at no cost to the public.
The Moving Wall was created to provide those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington to experience to positive power of the wall. For more information on this exhibit, please visit The Moving Wall website
Ives Honored with Heritage Award
Sabre GVP of the Mid-Atlantic Region Glen Ives was one of three individuals honored with the Heritage Award by Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) for his service to St. Mary’s County, Md. on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Sotterly Plantation. The Heritage Awards honor individuals within the Southern Maryland community who embody one of the organization’s three tenets – leadership, service, and mentoring.
Glen was selected for his work in the local community and for giving his time and leadership skills to numerous boards, including the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance, The Patuxent Partnership, Annmarie Garden’s Ann’s Circle, Inc., College of Southern Maryland Foundation and the Board of Trustees for St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He is also Honorary Chairman of the United Way, Christmas in April and the Special Olympics. LSM Board of Directors president Bert Johnson said of Ives, “He is a man who truly embodies leadership and service through his passion for his country and the community where he lives.”
Sabre Named Corporate Partner of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County
Sabre was honored as the Corporate Partner of the Year by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County (BBBSBC) on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at the organization’s annual appreciation event held at the Rose Bank Winery in Newtown, Pa.
Sabre was recognized for its continued kindness and generosity to BBBSBC through employee volunteer hours and sponsorships. Sabre has been affiliated with BBBSBC for 15 years and sponsors numerous events including Golf and Bowl for Kids’ Sake annually.
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.”
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