Tuesday, October 30, 2007

FM helps to make happy Halloween

by: Sheena Miller

(Top Left) Facilities Management Administrative Professional Jim Bossert was the first place winner of the Zone 3 first annual pumpkin carving contest. Bossert won a pumpkin jar full of candy that he willingly shared among his staff.
(Top Right) Child Family Life Program Manager Tim Knaeble of the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital accepted over $300 in donations collected through the pumpkin contest to go toward Halloween gifts for children at the hospital.

Zone 3 Facilities Management employees held their first annual pumpkin carving contest on Tuesday, Oct. 30. 10 employees participated with a variety of pumpkin designs ranging from witches and pirates to dating service lines and imitations of employee faces, and even a carving on a pineapple.

Administrative Professional and first place winner Jim Bossert carved Pipe fitter Randy Hermes’ head with flashing lights inside. The prize: a pumpkin jar full of candy. Runners up were Operations Supervisor Karen Collins with a carving of a witch and Mechanic Bill Allen who carved a pirate.

Over $300 was collected for the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital to be used for Halloween gifts. Child Family Life Program Manager at the Children’s Hospital Tim Knaeble said on average there are about 75 kids at the hospital, with many more in specialty clinics. “There will be about 8 different trick-or-treat stops in the hospital, clothes will be available for kids to dress up in and escorts will take them around the different sites set up. There will also be a party for them at the end.” Donations to the Children’s Hospital can be setup at the Fairview Foundation or by calling 612-273-3000.