Local veterans given special care at 9/11 event _lowres

Photo provided by BASF – BASF participates in career fair -- BASF employees presented career information to more than 400 people who attended the career fair at the Mall of Louisiana as part of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance activities that were hosted by Capital Area United Way and BASF. From left are Mark Hughes, production manager, BASF; Lee Hardee, mechanical maintenance engineer, BASF; Jonathan Heckert, recruitment specialist, BASF; John Raines, shipping supervisor, BASF; Alysha Guillot, human resources administrator, BASF; Lynell Zirkle, human resources manager, BASF; Tom Yura, senior vice president and general manager of the Geismar site, BASF; Michael Arrington, senior project E]engineer, BASF; and Darrin Goss Sr., president and chief executive officer of Capital United Way.

Capital Area United Way and BASF teamed up Sept. 11 to honor veterans, those serving in the armed forces and many local first responders.

The events were in observance of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance activities included a career fair that focused on opportunities for veterans, a care package collection for troops serving in the military, a supply drive for local homeless veterans and thank-you banners and cards signed by the public.

More than 400 people attended the career fair at the Mall of Louisiana, which provided information on careers and job opportunities from 20 vendors from the industrial and retail sectors.

BASF employees donated more than $7,000 to purchase items and shipped 200 care packages to benefit 400 local troops who are serving domestically and abroad.

Capital Area United Way delivered 17 thank-you banners signed by 624 people to local first responders, and approximately 120 students participated in Operation Goody Bag — decorating paper bags for troops to receive a special token of appreciation.

A supply drive for homeless veterans in the Baton Rouge area collected personal hygiene items valued at $3,620 and Capital Area United Way collected $890 in financial contributions for the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance initiative.

“These programs and projects provided an opportunity for the community to recall and rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that existed immediately following the 9/11 attacks,” said Darrin Goss Sr., president/CEO of Capital Area United Way.

“We are thankful to BASF for their continued support in this initiative.”

“BASF and United Way both believe in improving lives by leveraging partnerships in our community,” said Tom Yura, BASF senior vice president and Geismar site manager. “By supporting Capital Area United Way’s 9/11 activities, we were able to support and pay tribute to our veterans and local troops, as well as salute all of our local emergency volunteers and public safety personnel.”

For information, visit www.cauw.org or call Capital Area United Way at (225) 383-2643.