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Halloween Scares at TVS

Halloween Scares at TVS

The spooky season was celebrated with festive outfits, hygiene care, and a spooky bake off at TVS this year.

TVS employees and program participants dressed up for the holiday for a chance to win two zero-gravity chairs or a double gravity chair. All individuals who dressed up were displayed on the break room TV for employees to vote on their favorite costume!

Congratulations to Sara Gibbs for winning the Halloween contest! Her scary clown costume spooked the most employee votes.

To complete the holiday, there was also a scary bake-off on Sunday, October 31st for TVS “C” shift employees.

“The Halloween bake-off was an easy idea. We had already been cooking for each other once a week prior to the holiday,” said “C” shift Supervisor Mitchell Rapp. “It brought the staff together and set a good tone for the rest of the day.”

On the menu were multiple items: edible intestines (Sara Gibbs & Devin Stepp), cut-off hand meatloaf (Esther & Charlie Parker), cut-off fingers and toes (Mary Larkin & Eric McGahee), baby fingers (Angie Ludy), candy corn (Will Coleman), stuffed hearts (Esther & Charlie Parker), and candy (Mandy Mathews).

Contestants were judged on taste and overall appearance. The judges were Production Supervisor Brian Wilson and his wife Lee Wilson, along with Supply Chain Manager Justin Frady.

“It was fun seeing the creative and demented ideas,” said Judge Brian Wilson. “I could tell that everyone was enjoying themselves which really made the experience that much more fun.”

But the overall winners were first place – “Edible Intestines” by Sara Gibbs and Devin Stepp, second place – “Cut-off Hand Meatloaf” by Esther and Charlie Parker, and third place – “Cut-off Fingers and Toes” by Mary Larkin and Eric MaGahee.

The top three winners earned a gift card to Hotels.com, Waffle House and Taco Bell.

Along with the holiday cheer, TVS employees were also gifted Halloween goody bags filled with floss, tooth paste and a tooth brush from the TVS Wellness Committee. October was National Dental Hygiene Month and with the trick-or-treating it was a healthy reminder for TVS employees to keep up with dental hygiene, in between pieces of candy!

TVS awarded ‘Team of the Year’ for Brevard Rotary Club 5K event involvement

TVS awarded ‘Team of the Year’ for Brevard Rotary Club 5K event involvement

For the first time, TVS joined with other local businesses to help sponsor the Brevard Rotary Club 5K events this year including the White Squirrel, Firecracker, and Flight of the Vampire. TVS was also selected as the ‘Team of the Year’ from the Brevard Rotary Club for having the largest turnout and for participating in all three races.

Dubbed the ‘Caped Crusaders’ for participating in the most recent Flight of the Vampire 5K with TVS bat logo capes, TVS participants left an honorable impression.

Not only were the races a no-pressure way to have fun, the sponsorship also supported comradery and wellness within the TVS team. “It was a way to build a healthier company,” said Life Skills Supervisor Suzanne Byers. “Not only is it physical health, but it is also beneficial to a person’s mental health by being around others and feeling included.”

While the sponsorship fee entitled them to a certain number of event entries, TVS also generously covered the entry fees for any participants – employee or family, over that amount. TVS also hosted training days for the first event of the year, the White Squirrel.

Team TVS had participants in each event; The White Squirrel had a total of 42 employees and family members sign up and the Firecracker had 32. The last event of the year, the Flight of the Vampire, had the largest TVS participation, with a total of 65 employees and family signed up.

As a way to help TVS team members take part, incentive prizes were offered. The prizes included a TVS water bottle, yoga mats, bandanas, a paid class at the Brevard Health and Racquet Club, and a $20 Food Matters gift card. The prizes were dependent on how many races a person participated in throughout the year.

As an added bonus, employees received a second prize if their time between each race improved by a minute or more.

From the White Squirrel to the Firecracker, four employees improved their times; Laura Newton, Ann Buchman, Sam Snider, and Ashleigh Alquiza.

From the Firecracker to the Flight of the Vampire, another four employees improved their race times; Tye Hoffman, Megan Pilley, Jonathon McCall, and Emily Owens.

Sam King was the VIP from the TVS team, he improved his time by one minute or more in each of the three races.

With the sponsorship, TVS also donated Mountain Maid Bakery Mix and Mountain Maid Almonds to fill goody bags for the first two races.

“Being a sponsor of the Brevard Rotary Club races this year offered TVS a fantastic opportunity to share our enthusiasm for our community, with our community. Not only did participants enjoy a fun time with other folks from town, we also got to share some of the products we make for our Federal Government customers,” said Ann Buchman, VP of Marketing & Growth. “It was a lovely way to spread the word about what happens at TVS.”

The sponsorship was not only a benefit in the support of wellness, but also a way to open more opportunities and to meet new people in the community. “It is a good way to encourage folks to be involved,” Byers said. “I hope we will be able to do it again.”

Byers and Buchman are credited with organizing the incentive prizes and unification of the TVS Team.

The races are organized through the Brevard Rotary Club. They are an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

The main objective of Rotary is service – in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty, and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence.

You can learn more at http://www.brevardrotary.org/.

Written by Jenifer Welch