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 Core Value #2.

Be Caring of Others – Mean People Suck, and They Don’t Work Here.

Empathy:  the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.

This is probably our most called upon core value. At BlueGrace Logistics, it is essential in our hiring process that we find empathy in our candidates. Whether an employee is working in sales or customer support, it is imperative to a business’ success that the people answering the phones and talking with prospects and customers, have some sort of empathetic trait.

Our team not only cares about eachother, we care for our carriers, vendors, clients and partners. We work best with those who have compassion for others and truly show it.

How We Show That We Care…

Tampa Bay Humane Society | Cats vs. Dogs – September 2015

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Each year, BlueGrace Logistics female (cats) and male (dogs) employees compete against each other to collect the most pet food in pounds. The food is then donated to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to care for the animals in the no-kill shelter. The food not only feeds the animals that call the shelter home, but is also used for their food assistance program Animeals.” The “Animeals” program partners with “Meals on Wheels” of Tampa to deliver free pet food once a month to homebound and elderly residents on a fixed income in Hillsborough County.

Miles for Moffit | Run to Beat Cancer – May 2016

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“It’s a huge part of who we are as an organization. Fundraising and participating in events like these, are engrained in our company culture,” said Courtney Smith, Manager of Culture & Engagment at BlueGrace Logistics.

BlueGrace Logistics Corporate may have sponsored the event, but what the employees did on their own was substantial and nothing short of amazing. Through small fundraising events in the office and making pledges through the Miles For Moffitt website, the company as a whole raised a total of $19,159.

Caring for Others | It’s What We Do

At BlueGrace Logistics one of our core beliefs is, our people make the difference. As such, we strive to create an environment where our employees truly feel like family. We believe that people who are happy and excited about the company they work for are more fun to work with, loyal and are ultimately more effective in their roles. We fully encourage all employees to give back to their community in some sort of way.

BlueGrace Logistics is continuing to fill multiple positions at our corporate office in Tampa, as well as our outside offices across the country. If you feel that you fit our core values, apply for a job with BlueGrace TODAY!

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BlueGrace Logistics Participates and Sponsors Miles for Moffitt – Run to Beat Cancer 2016

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Cancer sucks. There is no other way to put it. According to an article from cancer.gov, in 2016, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 595,690 people will die from the disease. The statistics about this disease are staggering, but it’s events like ‘Miles for Moffitt’ that will contribute to prevention, treatment and the cure of cancer through fundraising.

This is the 2nd year that BlueGrace Logistics participated in and sponsored the Miles for Moffitt – Run to Beat Cancer.

“It’s a huge part of who we are as an organization. Fundraising and participating in events like these, are engrained in our company culture,” said Courtney Smith, BlueGrace Franchise Support Manager and Culture Club member.

BlueGrace Logistics Corporate may have sponsored the event, but what the employees did on their own was substantial and nothing short of amazing. Through small fundraising events in the office and making pledges through the Miles For Moffitt website, the company as a whole raised a total of $19,159.

“We had great participation with a bake sale and a “Pie in the Face” fundraiser, but we were able to generate the most money through the website pledges!” said Mercedes Essmann, Director of Corporate Recruiting at BlueGrace Logistics.

BlueGrace Logistics is proud to be able to give back to the community, whether it be through local projectscharity events or our annual Cats Vs. Dog pet food drive.

At BlueGrace Logistics one of our core beliefs is our people make the difference. As such, we strive to create an environment where our employees truly feel like family. We believe that people who are happy and excited about the company they work for are more fun to work with, loyal and are ultimately more effective in their roles. We fully encourage all employees to give back to their community in some sort of way.

 

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Lillie’s Q BBQ Supports Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon With A Little Help From BlueGrace

Lillies_logoLillie’s Q, based out of Chicago, IL, is an award winning BBQ restaurant that also specializes in BBQ sauces sold around the world (purchase here –> http://www.lilliesq.com). Lillie’s Q also puts their charitable initiatives at the fore front of their business, and they wanted to satisfy some cravings through the Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon (http://www.adoptasoldierplatoon.org). Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon improves morale of the Troops and takes care of wounded heroes after their transition to civilian life. AaSP provides “Care Cartons” to troops, amongst many other supplies. These boxes are filled with healthy snacks, personal care items, and entertainment amenities that are sent every week. Lillie’s Q saw the opportunity to help by sending their delicious BBQ sauces to the troops to enjoy a little bit of home cooked flavor at their next meal away from home. These Kings of BBQ also happen to be one of BlueGrace’s amazing customers!

Giving back to our community is not only something we enjoy, it’s somewhere we can make a massive impact, given the resources we have access to.  BlueGrace gives back through volunteering, fundraising, drives & sponsorships- working directly with the Humane Society, Moffitt Cancer Center and Metropolitan Ministries throughout the year. What we find even more interesting is how our customers give back and how we can help with the logistics of their generosity!

“We rely on BlueGrace for our current freight, so when we mentioned that we needed to get our sauce to the Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon people quickly, Scott was able to ship it at cost without any hesitation.” said Nina Cantamessa of Lillie’s Q.

“I am happy that I am able to help our troops even if it is only in this small way.” Says Scott Collack of BlueGrace Logistics. “So much of our time is spent looking for cost savings and scheduling that we don’t see how the freight we help ship may effect others, and this time it should help troops better enjoy their time away from home.”

We wanted to send a special shoutout to Lillie’s Q, we’re proud of your generosity and thankful to assist in your logistics needs for such a worthy cause.

For more information on Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon and how they help our Troops click the image below:

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BlueGrace Baltimore Celebrates The Season With Successful Adopt A Family Program

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BlueGrace dedicates a significant amount of time over the holiday season working on charitable initiatives, and our Baltimore office is no exception.  The Adopt A Family Program is a program where BlueGrace employees help adopt a family in need by providing nonperishable food and a frozen turkey or canned ham for Christmas dinner, along with new gifts for each family member. Sister Parish, Immaculate Conception provided lists of needy families to select from and the BlueGrace Baltimore team stepped into action gathering the needed items for them.

Over 150 Cathedral Families and Friends, including BlueGrace provided Christmas dinner and gifts to 116 Families (640 people) and donated over $7000 in cash and gift cards.

Sister Parish, Immaculate Conception provided the following statement the success of the program:

“Adopt A Family Thanks You!  Another spectacular Christmas season of giving has wrapped up for our Sister Parish, Immaculate Conception.  Over 150 Cathedral Families and Friends provided Christmas dinner and gifts to 116 Families (640 people) and donated over $7000 in cash and gift cards for outreach to the Immaculate Conception Community in an extraordinary show of true Christmas Spirit in service to the poor among us.  This awesome display of generosity and solidarity is what this season is all about.  

As we begin the Church Year of Mercy, I can’t help but feel that you are already aware of the Pope’s message and are dedicated to living it through your actions.

Thank you so much for supporting this program and a special thank you to Troop 1000 for acting as our elves in providing the delivery to Immaculate Conception. “

We are very proud  of the BlueGrace Baltimore team and their generous efforts to help the Baltimore community. We encourage all to take the time to think about those that are less fortunate during the holiday season and help out in anyway you can.

“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop

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Tampa Bay Lightning Announce Partnership with BlueGrace Logistics

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RIVERVIEW, FL – November 30, 2015 – The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced a new partnership with BlueGrace Logistics, a national freight shipping company based in Tampa. The three-year agreement names BlueGrace as “The Preferred Shipping Partner of the Tampa Bay Lightning”.
 
“Since Jeff Vinik purchased the franchise in 2010, we have looked to align ourselves with world-class brands that share our vision and values on and off the ice, and BlueGrace fully embodies that,” said Lightning CEO Steve Griggs. “BlueGrace’s community involvement and commitment to Tampa Bay is aligned with our mission and we look forward to our partnership with them.”
 
The Lightning will team up with BlueGrace for one community outreach event per year over at least the next three seasons. BlueGrace will also be one of the Lightning’s sponsors for their annual Bolt Run. The partnership also includes arena-wide signage and in-game features at Lightning home games.
 
“It’s a natural fit for us to partner with a world-class organization like the Tampa Bay Lightning,” said Bobby Harris, CEO and founder of BlueGrace Logistics. “This partnership enables us to team up with the Lightning on charitable initiatives, increase our local visibility and expand our national brand. We look forward to a long-term relationship and years of success with the Tampa Bay Lightning.”

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About BlueGrace Logistics:
 
Founded in 2009, BlueGrace Logistics is the fastest growing leader of transportation management services in North America. As a full service third party logistics provider (3PL), BlueGrace helps businesses manage their freight spend through industry leading technology, high level freight carrier relationships and overall understanding of the complex $750 Billion U.S. freight industry. BlueGrace is headquartered in Riverview, Florida with over 60 corporate and franchise locations across the U.S.
 
About Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC:
 
Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC is an entity controlled by Jeff Vinik and its holdings include the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, the Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm and the leasehold rights to the newly named Amalie Arena, the 19,092-seat downtown Tampa home in which the teams play their games. Vinik purchased the Lightning and the leasehold rights to the arena in March 2010 and has since led a complete brand and business transformation, establishing the company as one of the leading sports and entertainment entities in the United States.

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BlueGrace Logistics Donates 52,000 Pounds Of Pet Food To The Humane Society Of Tampa Bay

The “Cats Vs. Dogs” Drive Competition Sets Another Record in 2015

TAMPA, FL, Oct. 15, 2015  BlueGrace Logistics’ annual “Cats vs. Dogs” Pet Food Drive Competition benefiting the Humane Society of Tampa Bay came to a close on Friday, October 9th and another record was broken. BlueGrace collected 52,000 pounds of pet food – 8,000 pounds more than last years total of 44,000 pounds. The amount of food donated will be enough to care for the animals for up to a year. Since the contest’s inception in 2010, BlueGrace has donated over 130,000 pounds of pet food to Humane Society Tampa Bay. This year, Team Cats took the contest victory for the third year in a row!

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About Cats Vs. Dogs

Each year, BlueGrace Logistics female (cats) and male (dogs) employees compete against each other to collect the most pet food in pounds. The food is then donated to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to care for the animals in the no-kill shelter. The food not only feeds the animals that call the shelter home, but is also used for their food assistance program Animeals.” The “Animeals” program partners with “Meals on Wheels” of Tampa to deliver free pet food once a month to homebound and elderly residents on a fixed income in Hillsborough County.

BlueGrace & The Humane Society of Tampa Bay were featured on ABC Action News’ The Now Tampa Bay which featured live coverage of an initial 35,000 pound delivery of pet food and a ride-along to an Animeals delivery. BlueGrace was also honored as a Hometown Hero on Fox13 News’ Good Day Tampa Bay.

A number of businesses and organizations donated necessary resources such as pet food, money, transportation services and much more to make this incredible donation possible. BlueGrace would like to thank Southeastern Freight Lines, YRC WorldwideFeeding America Tampa Bay, Sam’s Club of Brandon, Costco- Brandon Warehouse, Southside Feed Store of Plant City, MST HR Solutions, Shingle Masters Roofing & Construction, Gulf Coast Custom Cable, Crossroads Ace Hardware Feed & Pet Supply, Seaboard Cold Storage of Tampa, BlueGrace ORD, BlueGrace Plymouth, & BlueGrace Tampa East/ ReedTMS Logistics.

About BlueGrace Logistics

Founded in 2009, BlueGrace Logistics offers complete, customized transportation management solutions to customers across the United States. Based in Riverview, Fla. with satellite offices in Chicago, Baltimore and Salt Lake City. BlueGrace is known as the fastest-growing logistics company in the nation, with more than 7,000% revenue “hyper-growth” since inception. BlueGrace Logistics launched its franchise program in early 2011 as part of its strategic growth plan and currently has 57 franchisees across the U.S. The company offers freight services such as Less Than Truckload (LTL), Truckload Services (TL), International and Domestic Air Freight, Ocean Freight, Supply Chain Management, State-of-the-Art Technology; Service Desk Support, and Auditing Services. Fore more information, visit www.mybluegrace.com.

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5th Annual Cats vs. Dogs Contest

BlueGrace Logistics holds Fifth Annual Cats vs. Dogs Pet Food Drive Benefiting the Humane Society of Tampa Bay


2015_COMMUNITY_CATSVSDOGS 2RIVERVIEW, Fla. – September 10, 2015: Each year BlueGrace holds their official “Cats vs. Dogs” contest amongst its employees. The contest is a pet food drive in which the women compete against the men to collect the most pet food in pounds. The food is then donated to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to care for the animals in the no-kill shelter.

In 2014, BlueGrace donated more than 44,000 pounds of pet food which was enough to feed the animals for almost an entire year. Since the contest’s inception in 2010, BlueGrace has donated over 80,000 pounds of pet food to Humane Society Tampa Bay. Each year, BlueGrace plans to surpass last year’s amount. Employees come together to donate pet food, as well as leverage contacts to purchase large amounts of food. The contest will run through the middle of October.

BlueGrace Logistics takes pride in giving back to the community through our “Giving Grace” Program created by our President and CEO, Bobby Harris. Our Giving Grace charity of choice is the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and we support the organization in many ways throughout the year. Most recently, BlueGrace employees volunteered for Humane Society Tampa Bay during Creative Loafing’s BeerFest event at MOSI. A percentage of the event’s proceeds went to support the animal shelter.

Want to contribute to the 2015 Cats vs. Dogs Competition and Pet Food Drive? 

The public is invited to participate in the Cats vs. Dogs contest. For information or to donate large amounts (such as a pallet of pet food) contact BlueGrace Logistics at community@mybluegrace.comPlease be sure to specify if you’d like to contribute to the “TeamCats” (girls) or “TeamDogs,” (guys) if applicable. 

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National Dog Day 2015

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Happy National Dog Day

An Announcement Regarding BG Cats v. Dogs

Every year BlueGrace Logistics holds a Cats. vs. Dogs pet food donation rally. It is girls vs. guys and all in good fun. The real winners at the end is the animals. Last year as a company we donated over 44k pounds of pet food to the humane society of Tampa Bay. You can read about it here:

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The twitter has tag to the follow the smack talk is #catsvsdogs15

The contest runs from 8-17 through 9-28.

If you or anyone you know would like to contribute please feel free to reach out to us at 800-697-4477

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BlueGrace Is A Gold Sponsor For The 10th Annual Race Against Cancer

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BlueGrace Logistics is the Gold Sponsor of the 10th Annual Miles for Moffitt race on Saturday, May 9 to be held at the University of South Florida. The company has donated $10,000 as part of their sponsorship and has aggressive goals to raise even more money through fundraising efforts. BlueGrace has created a team to participate in the various events held at Miles for Moffitt where they will be encouraging 100% of their staff to participate. The company’s award-winning culture will be promoting the event to increase awareness of Moffitt Cancer Center’s initiatives internally and with the public on social media (Twitter: @mybluegrace, Facebook: /bluegracelogistics).

“Moffitt Cancer Center is one of, if not, the best cancer treatment center in the country. We are so happy to be supporting one of the most recognized and respected organizations in our home town,” says Bobby Harris, President and CEO of BlueGrace Logistics.

Since the first race in 2006, Miles for Moffitt has raised over $2 million for cancer research programs. BlueGrace has launched an internal “Couch to 5K” program to help train and assist participating employees for the upcoming race.

BlueGrace prides itself on community involvement and is always looking for new ways to make a difference. By sponsoring “Miles for Moffitt,” they have added a new institution and charity for their “Giving Grace” program.

To visit our company page or to sign up click here

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BlueGrace Baltimore Holds “Back to School Drive” for Perry Hall Elementary

On Thursday, August 21, 2014 BlueGrace Baltimore donated school supplies to Perry Hall Elementary. Perry Hall Elementary is a small school built in 1956 with about 700 students enrolled. Donna Bergin is the Principal for the elementary school where it’s the Home of the Gaters football team. BlueGrace Baltimore office with the help of Staples raised about 100 lbs of school supplies to donate to Perry Hall Elementary. Amanda Dudley – a 3rd grade teacher greeted Michelle Welk and Margaret Zarzecki who hand delivered the supplies to the school’s lobby.

“It was so cool. When we got there the principal (Bergin) made an announcement,” said Welk.

“Everyone please welcome BlueGrace that are delivering school supplies, went over the entire school.” -read the announcement from Principal Bergin

Teachers and students greeted the Welk and Zarzecki in the lobby.

“Everyone looked so surprised and appreciative for the supplies,” said Zarzecki.

Dudley received her own bag of supplies to keep in her room for students to use throughout the year.

The personal book bags were given to Kathy Cooney (Student Counselor) to give to students personally as gifts. BlueGrace Baltimore is proud to come together on behalf of our Giving Grace Charity program and make this outstanding donation. We just want to say how much we enjoyed being involved in this Back to School Drive and the happiness it brought to us today when we saw the amazement on the faces of the school staff.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” – On behalf of BlueGrace Baltimore.

Michelle Welk and Margaret Zarzecki dropping off their donations at Perry Hall Elementary
Michelle Welk and Margaret Zarzecki dropping off their donations at Perry Hall Elementary

 

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Why the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Means So Much – Written by Tiffanie Bungarz

 

Imagine one day, while living your life, completely happy and healthy, you start noticing some changes with your body. You start noticing your hands are weakening and you have random muscle twitching. You don’t think much of it but decide to see a doctor. After months of testing and visits to a specialist, you are told you have ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease). Your immediate thought is AL, what? At that point you don’t even realize the severity of the disease because you never really heard much about it. It doesn’t take long for both you and your family to read up and learn that this is one of the most devastating diagnoses you could ever receive. ALS is an immediate death sentence.

Unfortunately, this is exactly what my family was faced with back in 2012. My stepfather was diagnosed with ALS at the young age of 55. While statistics show the average life expectancy of a person with ALS is 2 to 5 years after diagnoses, we were only given 10 months with him. In those 10 months we suffered with him as we watched him lose his ability to walk, talk, eat, and move. He was fed through a feeding tube and required a BiPap breathing machine at night. During this time family and friends who were once there are not coming around as much. They don’t know what to say or how to act as they are grieving already. As his condition worsened, the BiPap machine could not keep up. It was his wish to not to be put on a ventilator which is a hard decision every ALS patient and their family need to make. He lost his battle on December 9, 2012.

Currently, there is only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ALS, which only modestly extends survival by two to three months. Consequently, ALS is 100 percent fatal. In addition to acclimating to the challenges that come with losing control of voluntary muscle movement, people with the disease progressively lose their ability to eat, speak, walk, and eventually breathe. It is like being buried alive while being completely aware of your fate. ALS does not discriminate and affects people of all races, gender and age.

Prior to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, The ALS Association struggled to collect donations which are needed to fund research. The pharmaceutical companies are not as involved with ALS research since the disease is not an easy money maker. ALS is not as common as other diseases like cancer and people really don’t talk about ALS. Like our family, when you lose a loved one, you feel defeated, like being a lonely soldier in a war against the world. Seeing the attention brought to ALS is extremely uplifting for those of us who’ve suffered loss from ALS or are currently fighting. Whether you have the means to donate or you just spread the message with a happy video of ice water dumping on your head… it is appreciated and it is helping in so many ways! For more info visit www.alsa.org

Tiffanie Bungarz

 

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June 2012 at the ‘Walk to Defeat ALS fundraiser, 6 months before passing away
June 2012 at the ‘Walk to Defeat ALS fundraiser, 6 months before passing away

 

 

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Backpacks of Hope 2014

“Backpacks of Hope” 2014 With BlueGrace A Success!

BlueGrace is extremely proud that the 2014 “Backpacks of Hope” drive was once again a true success! Through the month of July, we collected over 550 school supplies and backpacks which were donated to the Metropolitan Ministries. The annual drive provides kids with all new school supplies just in time for them to go back to school! On the last day of the drive, BlueGrace employees were encouraged to break out their nerd gear to celebrate the final day of the charitable drive! “Backpacks of Hope” is one of three annual drives hosted by BlueGrace. Our employees have a strong sense of pride for the company and are always looking for ways to give back to the community via the Giving Grace Program, implemented by President and CEO, Bobby Harris.

One surprise that greatly contributed to this year’s drive was the donation of 17 completely filled backpacks to BlueGrace by Images Hair Salon (www.imageshairsalon.net, located at 3967 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, FL 33629). The effort was led by Jamie Goldfarb, Images Hair Salon Stylist.

BlueGrace is looking forward to the 2015 “Backpacks of Hope” drive, and hopes to surpass the number of items collected and to continue to bring joy to the lives of many more kids!

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BlueGrace holds 4th Annual “Backpacks of Hope” School Drive

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Every year in the month of July, BlueGrace Logistics hosts a “Backpacks of Hope” drive for one of our biggest charities, Metropolitan Ministries. This school drive benefits local children who are in need of school supplies to start the new school year. For BlueGrace, the main contributors of this drive are the employees, so this presents a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come together and help make a difference. From the success of multiple efforts from businesses in the local area last year, the donations provided supplies to 5,000 children. Metropolitan Ministries is aiming to grow the number of donations by doubling this year! BlueGrace is honored to be partnered with this community charity, as we love to be able give back to the local community. Our company hosts 3 annual drives and offers volunteer opportunities for our staff through our partnership with the charity. In the last 4 years BlueGrace has nearly doubled our donation count for “Backpacks of Hope” drive, and the employees are already ramping up to do so again this year.

“BlueGrace Logistics has a special place in our hearts for animals and that’s no secret, but our community is what keeps us going. Metropolitan Ministries is our community charity of choice because they serve our LOCAL communities in need. We’ve built a strong company culture around a family and community foundation, and giving back aligns with our Core Values. BlueGrace has had ties back to its corporate location in Tampa since the inception of the company, and we’re committed to giving back. That’s why we created our charity program, Giving Grace, which encourages and rewards our employees to give back. A BlueGrace employee is a special breed of individual, and being selfless is a very common character trait amongst them all,” says Whitney McKay, Producer of Culture and Community.

If you are interested in making a donation and helping BlueGrace make a difference, you may drop off your supplies at 2846 S Falkenburg Rd, Riverview FL, 33578.

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Up in ARM’s for BlueGrace South Jersey

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Sometimes, you just need to take things into your own hands if you want something done right. That’s what BlueGrace Franchise Owner, Jason Eckhardt and his wife Sherri did five years ago when they decided to create a charity that in their eyes would truly make a difference for the betterment of breast cancer survivors and research. In 2009, Jason Eckhardt came up with an idea that would support his wife Sherri in a way she never imagined.

In 1983, Sherri’s mother, Arlene Ruccio Meyer passed away from breast cancer. It was only 2 days after her 35th birthday and 3 days before Christmas. Sherri was only 5-years old and didn’t understand the impact her mother’s death would have on her life until she reached adulthood. Her mother was diagnosed in 1981 and doctors told her she only had two months to live. After undergoing treatment and much to her surprise, she was able to spend another 2 years with her family. Little did she know her future son-in-law would come up with an idea that would benefit families who were faced with her tragic circumstance, all the while supporting of her daughter… his wife, Sherri.

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“You don’t understand the loss as a kid. It means so much more to me (having my mother around) now that I’m a mother,” says Sherri Eckhardt.

On the 25th anniversary of Arlene’s passing, Jason wanted to go above and beyond for the purpose of remembering his wife’s late mother. As he was contemplating his master plan, he came up with “ARM’s Away.” He took this idea to the golf course in the form of a charitable event using “ARM’s” as an acronym representing the initials of Arlene’s full name. In addition, they created their own acronym that would give the charity a global meaning: Awareness. Research. Making a Difference.

When he first presented it to Sherri they had no idea just how successful this would become. The first year of ARM’s Away was raising $5,000 and they exceeded their expectations by raising $7,500. Each year they set goals to raise money and each year they surpass them. Just last year, the Eckhardt’s set a goal to raise $15,000 at the 5th Annual ARM’s Away Golf Outing and they raised over $17,000! To date, Jason and Sherri have raised over $68,000 and have gained the support of businesses, individuals and families from all over the state of New Jersey. But their biggest-little supporters live with them… they are their kids.

Today, Sherri is a mother of two beautiful children (son, Austin, 6; daughter, Kylie, 3) who don’t quite comprehend what a charity stands for or means for that matter. All they know is that it’s for Grandma and that ARM’s Away helps people get better. That alone encourages them to give to the greater good of breast cancer research. They are active participants and donate to ARM’s Away themselves. Last year, their 6 year-old sons Austin, earned tips for work he had done during the event and on his own took every penny to the event’s donation center because “he wanted to make a difference too.”

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All proceeds raised at the event are donated to the Stacy Goldstein Breast Cancer Center at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Rutgers uses the donations for two very powerful reasons: to enhance the technology used in treatment and to support patients who need assistance to be treated themselves. The center unites scientists from several disciplines to focus on the causes, detection, prevention, and treatment of breast cancer. Today, you can visit Rutgers University and see a Wall of Remembrance, which recognizes the years of donations ARM’s Away has provided to their initiatives. BlueGrace is proud to be a sponsor of this great event and hopes that this year they can once again surpass their goals.

“My husband (Jason Eckhardt) and my Dad should win the MEN OF THE YEAR award because of all they’ve done to help bring this charity to fruition. Without their help, support and guidance it would never be possible,” says Sherri Eckhardt.

To donate to the ARM’s Away charity, please visit: http://cinjfoundation.donordrive.com/event/ARMSAWAY2014

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BlueGrace Logistics Donates 44 Thousand Pounds of Pet Food to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Final group picOur annual “Cats vs. Dogs” Competition Pet Food Drive came to a close on Friday, February 28. This year, BlueGrace raised 44 thousand pounds of pet food – more than twice the amount we collected in 2013! This was undoubtedly one of the largest pet food drives in the country!

The donated pet food will not only go to feed the animals that call the Humane Society of Tampa Bay home, but will also go toward their food assistance programs “Casper’s Cupboard” and “Animeals.”

A number of businesses and organizations donated necessary resources such as pet food, money, transportation services and much more to make this incredible donation possible. We’d like to thank AAA Cooper, FedEx Freight, Rodney Naughton and Joe Peckham of Phillips Pet Food & Supplies, Plant City Fla., Family Feed, Plant City Fla., Kay Brown of Hi-Tek Rations Inc, Dublin, Ga., Feeding America Tampa Bay, Taiga, Riverview, Fla., Reed TMS Logistics, Del Monte, Health Mut, Tamlin Homes, BluePearl Veterinary Partners and Knights Station Feed Depot.

We’re already strategizing how we are going to beat this record next year!

 

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BlueGrace Logistics Set to Collect 35,000 Pounds of Pet Food to be Donated to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

BlueGrace Logistics will hold its 4th Annual Cats vs. Dogs Competition on Friday, February 28th. The Cat’s (Ladies) and Dog’s (Men) employees of BlueGrace, will compete against each other to see who can donate the most food to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay by Friday at 12pm. The efforts of BlueGrace Logistics are expected to raise approximately 35,000 pounds of pet food; surpassing the 20-thousand pounds raised in 2013 which cared for their animals for nearly 6 months. The Cats vs. Dogs competition is said to be one of the largest pet food drives in the United States.

Through this pet food drive, BlueGrace will literally be saving pets from going to shelters or starving because their owners can’t afford to feed them. The pet food donated will not only go to feed the animals that call the Humane Society of Tampa Bay home, but will also go toward their food assistance programs Casper’s Cupboard and Animeals.

Casper’s Cupboard help hundreds of families keep their pets when they’re going through financial hardship by allowing citizens to come to the shelter Tuesday-Sunday to pick up pet food for their animals at no cost.

The Animeals program partners with Meals on Wheels of Tampa to deliver free pet food once a month to homebound and elderly residents on a fixed income in Hillsborough County. In 2013, 310,530 pounds of free pet food were delivered to homebound residents to help feed their pets and allow them to keep their furry friends.

This video gives a glimpse into the Animeals program.

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With your help, BlueGrace could reach or even exceed our goals to help feed the animals of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Donations toward the competition will be accepted until 9 a.m. on Friday the 28th! For more information call 800.MY.SHIPPING.

Media is invited to cover the donation at 2846 S. Falkenburg Rd., Riverview, FL 33578 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives from BlueGrace Logistics and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay will be available for interviews.

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BlueGrace Logistics’ Employees Volunteer for Humane Society of Tampa Bay at 2014 Gasparilla Pirate Fest

BlueGrace Logistics proudly supports the Humane Society of Tampa Bay through our Giving Grace Program. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is one of only eight charities who were invited to take part in this year’s Gasparilla Pirate Fest. The organization will be manning a beer garden in Curtis Hixon Park, raising funds to support the shelter. BlueGrace Logistics’ employees will be on-hand to assist in working the tent.

BlueGrace Logistics supports the Humane Society of Tampa Bay throughout the year. The company is gearing up for our annual Cats vs. Dogs pet food drive to kick off in February. In 2013, BlueGrace collected more than 26,000 pounds of pet food which was donated to care for the animals in the shelter.

More to come!

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BlueGrace Logistics & Metropolitan Ministries gear up for back-to-school season through Backpacks of Hope!

Can you hear those school bells ringing? As BlueGrace employees begin to prepare their own children for back-to-school, we’re also thinking about all the children in the Tampa Bay community and the folks at Metropolitan Ministries. Metropolitan Ministries is partnering with local school districts and organizations, including YMCA of Brandon to gather and distribute important school supplies to less fortunate children throughout Hillsborough County. Each year, Backpacks of Hope makes a difference in the lives of those in the Tampa Bay community, getting children excited about the new school year and into the learning spirit!

BlueGrace Logistic & Metropolitan Ministries gears up for back-to-school season through Backpacks of Hope!
Employees at BlueGrace Logistics pitch in to support Metropolitan Ministries and Backpacks of Hope for children this Back-to-School season.

Content to Collect:

  • New Backpack (teens and children)
  • 3 Ring Binder (1-1.5”)
  • Copy Paper
  • Thumb Drive
  • Calculator
  • College Rule Paper
  • Eraser (block)
  • 12” Ruler
  • Composition Notebook
  • 10 Pack of Pencils
  • Highlighter
  • Pencil Case
  • Colored Pencils
  • 3 Subject Spiral Notebook
  • Children’s Scissors

We’ve got a fun bunch here at BlueGrace Logistics, so we’re taking it a step further and on Friday, Aug. 3 The team is dressing up as nerds (Look out for pictures on the BlueGrace Facebook Page!) That’s right, get out the suspenders, plastic frame glasses with tape, and rolled up pants – BlueGrace Logistics is going to back-to-school in style!

It’s always important to have team building events to get departments mingling and add something new to your day-to-day business operations. Is your company helping out a local charity this back-to-school season? Share your story with us here, on Facebook, Twitter or wherever you are! BlueGrace Logistics strongly believes community involvement benefits our employees and overall morale, check out this article to see what we mean.

If you’d like to contribute or learn more about Metropolitan Ministries, please visit their website at: http://www.metromin.org/. To learn more about BlueGrace Logistics, visit www.mybluegrace.com, email us, or call 800.MY.SHIPPING. We’d love to hear from YOU!

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BlueGrace Logistics Sponsors Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s 2012 “Tuxes & Tails” Event

The BlueGrace team poses for a group photo by Super Booch Party Portraits.
BlueGrace Logistics enjoyed a night out for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay's "Tuxes & Tails" event!

Celebrating 100 years of saving lives, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) hosted its 10th Annual Tuxes & Tails event at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL on Saturday, May 5, 2012. As a proud sponsor of this event, the BlueGrace Logistics team went out to support the cause and experience this heart-warming, black-tie affair. Attendees celebrated the night with live music, cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions and a fashion show. The community’s heart was touched by the incredible stories shared about animals in search of a loving family and successful adoptions such as the friendship of Rocky and soon-to-be 3 year old Mirielle. The event was a huge success! HSTB announced that more than $265,000 was raised, saving the lives of approximately 1,000 animals. Check out the pictures of the Tuxes & Tail on the BlueGrace Facebook page and HSTB.

Congratulations to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, staff and volunteers! Your hearts and efforts are greatly appreciated by companies like BlueGrace Logistics and others in the Tampa Bay community.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is BlueGrace Logistics’ charity of choice. The HSTB staff visit the corporate office periodically to conduct orientations and provide information about how employees can get involved. Our 2nd Annual Cats vs. Dogs (females vs males) pet food drive raised over 6,700 lbs of food for the organization. BlueGrace Logistics’ CEO and President, Bobby Harris, commented on the contest contributions by saying, “I get asked often as to what defines success, and many times people are seeking a dollar number. I can promise you it’s not dollars that make us successful but rather the things we do for others… The motto ‘People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care’ is at work here alongside each of us.”

If you would like to learn more about how you can lend a hand to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, please visit their website or contact one of their team members to get involved in events, giving, and volunteer opportunities. HSTB also offers an affordable spay/neuter and wellness clinic to keep your furry friends happy and healthy.

Meow, Woof!

-Samantha Hill, Community Manager
Twitter: @SamHill_BG

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‘Tis the Season for Giving!

This week at BlueGrace, we’re jumping into the holiday spirit! Our Culture and Community Team is collecting donations from all of the staff in an effort to raise funds for purchasing gifts for the families at Metropolitan Ministries. Employees receive a raffle ticket in exchange for every $5 donation which offers them the chance to win a variety of spectacular prizes including:

▪1 Full day of PTO
▪1 Half day of PTO
▪Movie night gift set
▪Cheesecake Factory gift card
▪Liquor gift set
▪Dessert Indulgence gift set

If you plan to visit us this week, please bring a toy or stocking stuffer for Metropolitan Ministries. Check out the items on their “Bags of Joy” wish list.

Friday is looking “festivous” as the team competes in an ugly sweater contest, gathers around the table for a feast, and enjoys eggnog and apple cider!

What is your family or company doing for the holidays? We would love to hear!

Safe travels and Happy Holidays from your friends at BlueGrace!

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