The SCI Forest Employee Association hosted a four-day appreciation event at SCI Forest on May 11-15.
The four-day event was filled with treats, celebration and prizes to show appreciation for the SCI Forest team. Beginning on May 11, 15 employees were drawn at random to win gift cards from Kwikfill gas station. Every team member at SCI Forest was entered.
Day two provided team members the opportunity to enjoy loaded nachos available in the Staff Dining Hall. Team members had their choice of toppings to choose from that included nacho cheese, jalapenos, salsa, sour cream and bacon.
The second day of the celebration kicked off a three-day ticket auction. Team members could purchase tickets over the three-day event for chances to win items such as a weighted blanket, Craftsman drill, Vera Bradley bag, gift certificates, game cam viewer and many more. Prizes in the auction were valued at more than $800.
The SCI Forest Employee Association hosted a Coffee and Cookies day on day three of the event. Team members were invited to stop by before or after their shift to enjoy cookies, muffins or danishes. Also available was an array of international coffee creamer flavors to sweeten up their coffee.
Day four was another special treat: The Employee Association had "Breakfast Bags" available for every team member to enjoy during their shift. The breakfast bags contained breakfast muffin sandwiches made by The Kelly Hotel (a locally-owned restaurant), granola bar and juice box. Additionally on day four, 15 gift cards were awarded on to more randomly drawn team members.
Cindy Hays, SCI Forest activities manager (and woodworking artist), created and donated three plaques to be given as appreciation prizes to veterans at SCI Forest. A special drawing that included each SCI Forest team member that is currently or has previously served in the Armed Forces occurred and three lucky veterans won a beautiful wooden plaque.
Over the course of the four-day celebration, more than 85 team members were lucky enough to win prizes, gift cards or cash. However, all team members on every shift were able to enjoy the delicious food and treats.
Since COVID-19 precautions were put in place in March of this year, the SCI Forest Employee's Association has worked diligently to host events weekly to boost morale. The Employee Association has previously hosted, Made-To-Order Omelet Day, Loaded French Fry Day, Chicken Nugget and Hot Dog Day and a catered Subway meal day.
The EA has also given away biweekly prizes such as a grill, water bottles, tackle box, workout equipment and much more. Team members do not have to purchase any tickets to win these appreciation gifts, each valued employee at "The Forest" is entered to win.
Members of the SCI Forest Employee Association Executive Board elect representation each year that they entrust in organizing and putting together these events. The SCI Forest 2020 Executive Board members are President: Khristen Cochran; Vice President: Sharon Dombroski; Treasurer: Cymina Cambell; Secretary: Lauren Werts. Board members: Connie Skibinski, Corrine Melego, Jenn Feltenberger, Jon Montour, and Diane Muntz.