Recently, the employees got to watch their plant manager participate in a special United Way fundraiser that was quite interesting.
Plant manager Pat Hickey and human resources manager Amanda Groves combined with “Bacon” the potbelly pig for a “catch the greased pig” event to help raise money for United Way.
“Eaton has been a United Way supporter for many years and the employees love to combine fun with community partnership,” Hickey said. “In 2010, several employees thought it would be fun to see Amanda and me try to catch a greased pig.”
The event was titled “Pat’s Pig Chase,” and was held in back of the plant. Eaton employees Heath Greene and Elizabeth Horton were able to supply “Bacon” for the event.
Hickey had five minutes to catch “Bacon” and place him in a small pen in the center of a larger circle. Claiming to be a farm boy, but admitting to never chasing a greased pig before, Hickey was able to successfully catch the pig and win the accolades of his employees.
Groves, even though stating she grew up in West Virginia, seemed a bit more scared of “Bacon” than the pig was of her. Time elapsed before she was able to catch the pig, but employees were still enjoying her attempts to just get close to “Bacon.”
“I want to stress that ‘Bacon’ was not harmed in any way during the event and was returned home safe and sound,” Hickey said. “The way the employees were cheering, I think he was the star of the event.”
Employees donated $5 to the United Way of Bradley County campaign to watch the event.
“Eaton can’t say enough about the United Way and all it does for Bradley County,” said Hickey. “Eaton’s annual goal for United Way of Bradley County is right at $40,000 which includes corporate matching funds, so fundraisers like this are a great deal of fun, and also help United Way help others in our community.”