The 2015 Thompson Fishing Rodeo raised a record amount and launched a partnership to promote a cleaner, greener community. The annual fundraiser raised $16,500 for the Thompson Foundation, the charitable arm of Thompson Engineering. The funds will be used to support scholarships and grants to charitable organizations.
Additionally, a grant awarded to the Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) created a partnership to support recycling at the rodeo, as well as other events in the Mobile area. The grant allowed for the purchase of 15 Clear Stream recycling containers, which are now available for groups in the Mobile area to use. “It’s exciting to expand sustainability efforts in Coastal Alabama, and this support from Thompson Engineering allows new opportunities along the coast,” said Valerie Longa, ACF’s Eco-Team Coordinator. “We are eager to support events that consider impacts on the local environment and ways to be cleaner and greener.”
Thompson Engineering used the recycling containers at the rodeo, held on Dauphin Island, AL, and collected 436 pounds of recyclable materials: glass, aluminum, cardboard, paper and plastic. During the course of the two-day event, materials were collected and sorted and then recycled at the new Mobile County Recycling Center. “We sorted our recyclables at the entrance of the rodeo so people could watch the amount of collected materials grow each day,” said Mike Manning, Thompson Engineering Senior Vice President. “At the end of the event, many people commented when they saw just how much we kept out of the garbage and ultimately, our landfills.” ACF’s Eco-Team was onsite to coordinate the recycling effort. Thompson also provided garbage bags to everyone who registered to promote trash clean-up on the island.
The recycling containers are available to local businesses and event planners interested in event sustainability. To learn more, contact ACF Eco-Team Coordinator Valerie Longa via email or phone: vlonga@joinACF.org or (251) 990-6002.