The 2014 Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot consisted of 26,533 trotters including elite runners, wheelchair athletes, CEOs with teams of employees, parents with strollers, and visitors from around the world. Most importantly, this event brought together the diversity of the Valley to benefit those in need, served by Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, the Healthier Kids Foundation, the Housing Trust, the Health Trust and Second Harvest of Santa Cruz County.
Sure, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a craze that is taking over social media. And, yes, it has been a tremendous fundraiser for the ALS Association as the organization combats Lou Gehrig’s disease through research, services and education.
The Environmental Innovation Center demonstrates the power of creativity and collaboration to address local needs. Its three tenants share a commitment to discovering economic and environmental solutions that benefit the community.
The numbers are in and the results are impressive! In its nine year history, the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot has raised nearly $4.5 million for local charities that provide food, shelter and health care for underserved residents of the region.
This past Thanksgiving morning, despite the prediction of rain, skies and spirits were bright as community members of all ages took their place at the starting line— a mass of people that was four lanes wide and blocks and blocks long!
It was truly a sight to see more than 200 of our employees and their families all gathered at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties on Saturday morning. What were they all doing? Packing 6,000 boxes of nutritious meals at Applied Materials' 18th annual Helping Hands Day for delivery to individuals and families in need in Silicon Valley during the holidays.
I planted trees with more than 60 Applied Materials employees and their family members.
In total, we planted 1,006 loblolly pines. Although the simple act of digging a hole, sliding in the sapling and gently patting the surrounding earth seems straight forward, I knew that we were planting much more.
The holiday spirit was in full effect at Applied Materials’ 17th annual Helping Hands Day this past Saturday morning. Chairman and CEO Mike Splinter joined approximately 300 employees and their families (Santa hats and reindeer antlers optional) at Second Harvest of Santa Clara and San Mateo’s new Cypress Center where they continued Applied’s long-standing tradition of helping assemble and pack 6,000 boxes of food.
Applied Materials has once again rallied employees for the company’s Annual Food Drive. With a history of more than 30 years of community involvement, Applied runs one of the largest corporate food drives in North America where employees join together to donate time, food and funds to make a difference in the community.
Applied Materials President Gary Dickerson and Kathy Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties kicked off the 2012 Applied Materials Food Drive at the company headquarters in Santa Clara, CA by donating more than 8,000 pounds of food.