Alpha’s President, Brian Powell and Chairman, Jim Hillhouse “took aim at hunger” on April 27 at the Christian Community Action (CCA) Sporting Clay Shoot. Alberto Flores and Jacob Wadlington also joined the group as volunteers for the day. Alpha was a sponsor for the event which included 13 stations, a raffle, and BBQ for fuel. The clay shoot raised funds to benefit CCA’s mission to alleviate suffering, bring hope, and change lives. CCA has served the DFW area for over 43 years, providing food and crisis management and relief services. To volunteer, donate, or learn more about this nonprofit organization, visit their website.
Alpha Testing was a bronze sponsor at the Hidden Figures of Dallas Scholarship Fundraiser Gala on Saturday, March 25. The NSBE-DFW hosted the gala to raise scholarship funds for women in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex pursuing STEM majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Inspired by the book and film, Hidden Figures, the evening included honoring the scholarship recipients, dinner with keynote speaker Congresswomen Eddie B. Johnson, a silent auction, and raffle prizes.
Alpha’s Altagracia (Gracie) Cesaire helped make the event possible, serving as Pre-College Initiative Chair for NSBE-DFW Professionals. Her service included implementing different events for students, partnering with Dallas ISD, Girl Scouts, and YMCA, to bring STEM activities to minority and at-risk students.
Gracie was accompanied by Alpha’s Tony Janish, David Schledorn, and Harsha Addula. Props to Gracie for getting three of Alpha’s engineers in a suit and tie!
NSBE-DFW will be partnering with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to premiere ASCE’s new movie “Dream Big” on June 3, 2017. Please contact Gracie Cesaire at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to purchase tickets.
Alpha Testing did things a little differently this round at the Form Follows Fitness 5K at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas. This year, we sponsored our first booth! Our table was filled with all sorts of goodies – granola bars, stickers, koozies, and, of course, a giant bowl of candy – the perfect post workout fuel! In addition to the table treats, Alpha also raffled out Yeti Tumblers to booth visitors. We couldn’t have asked for better race weather and to top it all off, the sun came out post-race to warm up the morning. Thanks to all the Alpha family and friends who woke up early on a Saturday morning to support Alpha and a big thank you to our lone star runner for Team Alpha, Junior Hernandez! Looking forward to next year!
The Family Place has been serving Dallas area victims of family violence since 1978. In order to accommodate growing needs, the agency created a $16.5 Million Legacy Campaign for an additional facility in Dallas, TX. Ann Moody Place broke ground in May 2016 and will provide domestic violence victims additional shelter and programs. The 40,000 SF facility will house 13 emergency shelter bedrooms, medical/dental clinic, hotline/call center, and numerous spaces for counseling and job training. Alpha is proud to be a part of this Legacy Campaign, working alongside Corgan and Hill & Wilkinson to provide geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing for the new facility.
Here are the facts:
183,967 meals provided
This year’s Canstruction was a huge success in many ways. The de-canstruction of our Dallas skyline went down last Saturday. Over 13,000 cans were disassembled – turning our skyline structure into meals. As with most tear downs, the process went by much faster than the build, especially with the help of students from DISD’s Lassiter Early College High School at El Centro.
Alpha’s Jeff Wilt said, “Those kids were great, they really stepped up and probably worked harder than everyone else! Hopefully some have interest in engineering or architecture as future careers. I would welcome them back next year during the construction phase.”
AND for the cherry on top… our structure was featured on WFAA. Watch the video here.
A big thanks to all who volunteered, and we hope to see students from Lassiter again next year!
This weekend marks the start of the State Fair of Texas! While there is much anticipation for those Fletcher corn dogs, the Auto Show, pig races, and of course Big Tex himself, here at Alpha Testing, we are most excited about the Canstruction exhibit at the Science Place building. Alpha teamed with Archer Western, HNTB, and AGL Constructors to design and create a structure made entirely of canned goods. It took 13,800 cans and the effort of numerous volunteers to make the not-so-small replica of the Dallas Skyscrapers. Watch our project come to life in the time-lapse video and make sure to see it for yourself at the Fair!
If you think the Rio Olympic events are impressive, the efforts at MobilePack events for Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) might be a solid contender. The non-profit organization provides MannaPack meals to malnourished and starving children around the world. In order to create those MannaPacks, FMSC created MobilePack events, and the production is astounding. Alpha’s Jacob Wadlington was a part of the assembly line of volunteers on Friday at the “Turn Hunger into Hope” Dallas MobilePack. In just a single 2-hour shift, the team produced over 95,900 meals – helping FMSC reach their goal of 1 million for the weekend. That alone takes the gold medal. Want to volunteer your time at FMSC? Visit their website for upcoming MobilePack events in your area.