Community Involvement


Community involvement

Community engagement is embedded in Cemstone's culture. Throughout its long history, our company has supported local efforts to improve the communities where Cemstone employees and customers live and work. We believe the results bond sustainable partnerships that have a lasting positive impact in our communities. Here are a few of the initiatives we support:

Cemstone is a proud sponsor of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of their founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. Unlike any other hospital, the majority of their funding comes from individual contributions.

Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.

Cemstone 18th Annual Run for Others held on April 30, 2016 in Mahtomedi, MN had a great turnout. The weather was great for running and walking with temperatures in the mid 50's. This event featured a 10K road run, a 5K road run, a 1M fun run, and a kids run. There were quite a few Cemstone folks and family that participated in our annual race and showed their support (photo above).

Cemstone has sponsored the Run for Others for many years. Proceeds go to the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.  The Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity builds, rehabs, and repairs homes, educates families about homeownership, provides mortgage counseling. Twin Cities Habitat brings people together to create and preserve homeownership in our neighborhoods, to partner with hard-working, low-income families to be successful homeowners, and to inspire action that promotes affordable housing for everyone in our community.

Cemstone is REEL happy to report the fourth year of the Fishing to End Hunger Tournament
was a WHOPPER of a SUCCESS!

For the fourth year in a row, Cemstone teamed with local Brainerd area guide, Walleye Dan to sponsor the Fishing To End Hunger to benefit children in the Brainerd Lakes area. This year 180 thousand meals were raised from the tournament and the donations are still coming in!

The Cemstone team heavily promoted the event and we are proud to report we had 33 boats entered in the contest and 66 fishermen that were Cemstone customers. A total of 86 boats and 172 fishermen participated in the event.

Not only was the weather exceptionally beautiful, but the fish were really biting this year!  In fact, the first place father/son team's bag weighed in at a whopping 21.41 lbs. winning $10,000!, The second place team weighed in at 20.42 lbs., winning $7,500 and the third place winning team weighed in at 18.69 taking home $5,000!
 
The Fishing To End Hunger Tournament is to benefit Kids Against Hunger-Brainerd Lakes Area. The Kids Against Hunger is a nonprofit humanitarian food aid organization. Kids Against Hunger’s mission is to significantly reduce the number of undernourished children in the United States and starving children around the world.  
 
Cemstone is pleased to have had the opportunity to sponsor such a worthwhile event and help those in need in our local communities. We would like to thank all who donated their time and efforts to ensure this Tournament was a great success! We also want to send out a BIG thank you to our sponsors!  Lehigh Cement, TK Products, Martin Marietta, BASF, Schwing America, American Engineering Testing, Headwaters, Helix, & Spartan Promotional Group.


Regions Hospital Foundation Holds 27th Annual Wine Auction

Each year, more than 1,000 members of the community raise their glasses to support new or improved health care options at Regions Hospital. Minnesota’s first and longest-running wine auction, the Regions Hospital Foundation Wine Auction, has raised more than $3.4 million in just over the past five years for hospital programs and services. This is the 27th year Regions Hospital Foundation held their Annual Wine Auction.

Since 2011, Cemstone has been a proud supporter for Regions Hospital Annual Wine Auction and their health care programs. 

Proceeds from the wine auction will help Regions expand access to the newest cancer research. When cancer strikes, patients need the hope that comes with access to the most advanced treatments. Many want to participate in the latest clinical trials of new treatments. Some have no other option. For these patients, the future is growing increasingly bright. With the many advances in cancer therapies, more patients are living longer with a better quality of life. But too often, patients must access other health systems or even travel across the country to participate in clinical trials.

Regions Hospital is already a leading provider of cancer research. Now, with help from the 27th Annual Wine Auction, we will accelerate the expansion of our cancer research program, with a particular emphasis on early-stage research. This expansion will make Regions a regional resource for the latest cancer research. As a result, local residents will have greater access to the latest breakthrough therapies. Easier access to clinical trials will allow patients to focus less on the details of their treatment and more on their daily lives. This access will be especially valuable to the many low-income patients we serve, since such patients often do not have the resources to access trials elsewhere yet deserve the same access to the newest treatments.

 Becoming friends on the Playground

When Onalie Dennis was named Miss Wisconsin Pre-Teen in April, part of Onalie Dennis’ winnings was $500 cash.

Dennis was unsure of what to do with the money until her mother, Terina, showed her a video of the Buddy Bench. The video showed how useful the bench could be on school playgrounds in eliminating loneliness and fostering friendship.

Cemstone Ready-Mix donated the concrete for the slab and Concrete Illusions for the time and labour to pour and stamp the concrete.  CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE

A Playground for Everyone - Turtle Lake Elementary

The 5,400-square-foot playground has been dubbed “A Playground for Everyone” and replaced the worn and tattered outdoor play area at the Turtle Lake Elementary school in Turtle Lake, WI.

The playground has an inclusive design that allows children of all abilities the chance to play together as well as with their parents and grandparents. A series of ramps will connect all of the features, and rubber tiles will replace wood chips on the ground, making it easy for kids and adults who rely on wheelchairs or walkers to get around the play area.
Some of the playground’s many features include ramping throughout, even to the highest point where a slide will be built; a rock’n ship with treasure map that gently sways side to side; multiple slides, including a large steel slide designed for kids with cochlear implants that cannot use plastic ones due to static electricity that can short the implants out; a rock climbing wall and “infinity climber;” hoopla bridge and team swing; music and Braille panels as well as a telescope. The playground also includes independent events such as a stand-n-spin, solo spinner, teeter-totter and jack hammer where children who may be overwhelmed by a crowd can play in smaller groups.

Cemstone is pleased to have had the opportunity to contribute ready mixed concrete towards this project and help create a safe place for our community children to play. 

Menomonie Airfest

The two-day Menomonie Airfest was a free event allowed visitors to see an aerobatic show, aircraft, classic cars, radio-controlled cars and a radar run for cars. The 90-minute aerobatics show is choreographed to music and includes various pilot maneuvers that go by names such as rolls and stalls and hammerheads.

There was a lot of photo opportunities with surface-level high-speed passes and smoke coming from the airplanes.

Event attendees had the opportunity to meet pilots, who, in addition to Cowden and Overby, included Grant Nielsen and Pete Tallarita, both of New Richmond, and Darrell Massman of Ogdensburg.

A Blue Angels air show in Eau Claire scheduled for later this year was canceled, prompting more interest in the Menomonie show, Overby said. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Don Fanetti Memorial Aviation Scholarship. 400-500 children got the opportunity to sit in our truck and pretend to drive it while parents took photos.

Hastings Family Service

Hastings Family Services new location in Hastings, Minnesota is not just a building; its a place where no child or family has to go hungry. Cemstone is pleased to have had the opportunity to help create this new facility which provides a permanent home for Hastings Family Service and an expanded capacity to serve the community in new and improved ways.

The new location allows the Hastings Family Service to address the following needs:

" A private and more confidential experience for the client  asking for help is never easy and it was even harder when clients had to enter and wait in the lobby.
" The implementation of a grocery-style food shelf for clients-this will ensure families take home food that will work in their meal plans and that they will actually eat and enjoy.
" Safer work environments for the volunteers, who accept weigh, sort and warehouse the donations.
" An adequate retail and warehouse space for the Close Closet & More. The new store has better lighting and parking. The increased warehouse space will allow Hastings Family Service to store more seasonal items until they can be displayed and provide more options for clients who need emergency clothing.

For more information on the Hastings Family Service Click here.
 

St. John's Lutheran Church adds the Art of Fresco in Northern Minnesota

Cemstone is honored to have had the opportunity to play a part in the extraordinary artwork at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Stacy, Minnesota. Internationally renowned Fresco and Portrait Artist, Mark Balma is donating his talents to create a piece of art unlike anything the world has ever seen.

Using the ancient technique of fresco, Balma will be creating the worlds first free standing, exterior frescoes. An image of the Transfiguration of Christ will be painted upon three gothic arches that will be the centerpiece of a contemplative glade overlooking the Carlos Avery Wilderness Area.

Something truly wonderful is happening here. Everyones generosity is helping create a centerpiece of faith for our entire community, one that will reach far beyond the congregation of St. Johns, comments Pastor Ed, St. Johns.

Cemstone Products Company donated the ready mixed concrete, and North Star Stone and Masonry donated the masonry concrete blocks.
 

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity - Run for Others 2015 - 24nd Year

Cemstone in partnership with St. Andrews Lutheran Church of Mahtomedi, MN annually hosts an annual Run For Others 5K race. This fun, 3.1 miles road race raises money to support Habitat for Humanity, which builds homes for families in need. The race starts and ends at St. Andrews Great Hall; the route flows though the old neighborhoods of Mahtomedi. In 2010 a 10k race was added. There is also a one-mile fun run for children, so everyone can join in the fun! All proceeds from the race go towards the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity brings people together to create and preserve homeownership in our neighborhoods, to partner with hard-working, low-income families to be successful homeowners, and to inspire action that promotes affordable housing for everyone in our community. Twin Cities Habitat will serve more than nine hundred families this year by creating and preserving homeownership in the Twin Cities.

Theyre best known for their Homeownership program that builds and rehabs simple, quality homes in partnership with low-income families and the community. We sell the homes with affordable, zero percent interest mortgages, making a 30-year commitment to each new homeowner and to the community in which they live.

Click here for more information on the Habitat for Humanity. 

Cemstone Lays a Solid Foundation for the Minneapolis Vetrans Home

SAINT PAUL, Minn.  Rebuilding Together Twin Cities and partners, Cemstone teams up with Sears Holdings Corp Heroes at Home Program, Tee It Up for the Troops, DayCo Concrete Company, community volunteers for a project to lay a cement patio at the Minneapolis Veterans Home.

"On behalf of the nearly 400,000 Veterans in Minnesota, we want to thank our community partners for their dedication to this project, said Commissioner Larry Shellito with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. This sends a resounding message of support to all the Residents at the Minneapolis Veterans Home  our nations heroes.

Representatives with Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, partners and volunteers with the 934th Airlift Wing and the 96th Associate Squadron gathered outside building 15 early this morning to break ground while Residents watched the progress.

The Minneapolis Veterans Home project really captures the spirit of what we do, said Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, Kathy Greiner. By working together with all of these great partners, we will be able to make a difference in the lives of many Veterans in our community.
 

YMCA White Bear, MN

Cemstone is pleased to support the YMCA in White Bear, MN. 

 For over 150 years, the YMCA has played a significant role in the communities it serves. It remains a non-profit organization committed to meeting local needs.

They offer:
" Health and fitness options for all ages, backgrounds and economic levels
" Youth development initiatives (including free after school programs for children in low-income and at-risk urban areas)
" Activities for seniors
" Child care options to support working families
YMCA Values 
Four words, powerful values: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. These are the values at the foundation of the YMCA. They guide the Ys programs, services and people.
 
CARING: The goals and needs of the YMCA members come first here. The Y truly cares about the  wellbeing of the YMCA members at every touchpoint.

HONESTY: The Y insists on utmost honesty with every interaction. Honesty  results in positive relationships and helps you reach the members goals.

RESPECT: The Y in our community is here to serve everyone with nothing but the utmost respect for the individual.

RESPONSIBIITY: The Y exists to serve the members and the community with programs and services that they find valuable and with results that they asked for. The Y takes its responsibility to its members seriously.acing cancer is hard. Having to travel out of town for treatment can make it even harder. Yet the American Cancer Society has a place where cancer patients and their families can find help and hope when home is far away - an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.

American Cancer Society - Hope Lodge

Cemstone is proud to have had a part in building the Hope Lodge in Minneapolis. The Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their families a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows Hope Lodge guests to focus on the most important thing: getting well.

And a Hope Lodge offers so much more than just free lodging. It provides a nurturing, home-like environment where patients and caregivers can retreat to private rooms or connect with others who are going through many of the same experiences.

"Hope Lodge is a place filled with love and support from strangers who quickly become family."  A guest of Hope Lodge in Atlanta, Georgia

Every Hope Lodge also offers a variety of resources and information about cancer and how best to fight the disease. There is access to the American Cancer Society's 24-hour toll-free call center and Web site, as well as a comprehensive on-site library designed to help patients and caregivers make informed decisions.

Simply put, Hope Lodge is a place created to ease the burden of cancer treatment - a place where we give hope a home.