And the door decorating winner is …[email protected] Julia LeDoux
Every year since 2004 ProLogic-Inc. in Manassas has sponsored a contest that encourages staffers to decorate their doors for the holiday season as a team building exercise.
This year, Angie Hawkins, the company’s director of corporate security, decorated her door with a patriotic flair and came in second place in the contest.
“This year I decided that my theme would be based on supporting our troops and their families,” explained Hawkins, who has worked for ProLogic for five years and has oversight of the company’s entire corporate security infrastructure. “I encouraged staff members to donate time, money and encouragement to these organizations.”
White wrapping paper with blue and green snowflakes served as the backdrop for a photo of a HUMVEE, a Christmas tree made out of construction paper decorated with yellow ribbons and information about how the public can support the nation’s military on Hawkins’ door.
Employees judged each door during a punch and cookies ceremony at the end of the two-week competition in December. After the votes were counted each winner was given a monetary gift based on their placement in the contest.
Hawkins donated her $75 in winnings to the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project and made a dollar-for-dollar match of the winnings. When combined with other contributions Hawkins’ collected, she donated a total of $250 to LHCP, a non-profit organization that provides comfort and relief items for military members who become sick, injured or wounded from service in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.
Donated items are distributed to military patients at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, the largest American military hospital outside the U.S.; to field hospitals in Afghanistan and Iraq; and to VA facilities throughout the United States.
“I have never met Ms. Hawkins, but there is no need to to know we are connected,” said LHCP president Karen Grimord. “I have six family members that have served in the Middle East, one serving his second tour now. We both know what it means to the troops to know they have our support. I just put a thank you note on our Web site LandstuhlHospitalCareProject.org from a troop that received some of our packages and in part it says, ‘I want to say a huge thank you to those who have been supporting Seabees, Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen here and abroad with unbelievable gifts. You have reminded not only us here but the gals and guys in uniform that we treat that we matter to you. We’re so grateful for that support.’ Ms. Hawkins and her group have made it possible to continue our mission of support into the New Year.”