Supporting the CommunitySince our founding, our firm’s owners and executive management have recognized that we do not simply work where we have offices—we live, play and realize personal hopes and dreams here also. Just
as we are committed to excellence in our professional services, it is ingrained in our corporate culture to create lasting and positive impacts in the communities in which we do business.
We believe that the spirits of team work and giving are intricately linked – one cannot flourish in an environment lacking the other. Thus, corporate social responsibility, or, as we like to say, simply doing the right thing, is as much part of our firm’s bedrock as extreme customer service. From chairing major events that raise desperately needed monies for charitable causes to building a new playground at a local recovery facility, staff throughout our organization lend a helping hand.
In addition to supporting numerous local, national and international charities, our staff (joined very often our subconsultants and industry partners) follow the example set by our firm’s leadership and routinely volunteer their time to support local endeavors:
Dublin, Ireland: Structure Tone’s Dublin office hosted its inaugural Golf Classic at the K Club, Kildare, Ireland in aid of the Let’s Do It For Ben charity. Ben Murphy, for whom the event was named, suffers from the metabolic disorder Short Chain Acyl-coenzyme A Dehydrogenises Deficiency (SCAD), a condition that causes Ben to experience seizures. The event raised €17,000 ($24,000) and the funds will enable Ben to travel to Boston Children’s Hospital for his initial consultation with the specialist neurosurgeon.
Hong Kong: For the second year in a row, Structure Tone Asia participated in the Annual Savills Professions 7's Rugby Event in Hong Kong. This is the 28th year the event has been held and the proceeds go to charities such as the Hong Kong RDA, Cancer Fund, Enlighten, Fu Hong Society and China Coast Community. This year, the Structure Tone team made it all the way to finals.
New York, NY: Our staff worked with a group of students to help them begin exploring the art (and science) of estimating through NY Exploring the premier career-awareness program for high school students in NYC. Exploring is a worksite-based program and is part of Learning for Life's career education program for young men and women 14-20. The program offers participants first-hand information about what specific careers actually entail.
Washington, DC: The Washington, DC staff joined Adopt-A-Street and committed a year of service to the County of Arlington for an ongoing clean-up effort. We have adopted the 2300 block and help in maintaining the street, curb and storm drains keeping them free of trash and debris. The Adopt-A-Street program is designed to support litter control and storm water management throughout Arlington.
New York, NY: Our New York office put on their game faces and flexed their mental muscles for a great cause at the 4th Annual MS Brain Games, a unique super quiz event hosted by the New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Forty teams competed and the night raised $440,000 for national research and local programs. The goal of the Chapter is to provide additional program opportunities, improve efficiencies, raise more money and increase the commitment to national MS research.
New York, NY: Structure Tone NY staff hit the ground running at the 35th annual JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge where 940 companies celebrated fitness and camaraderie in NYC’s Central Park. The 5K run raised funds for the Central Park Conservancy, which restores, manages and enhances the iconic park.
Dallas, TX: The Dallas staff joined forces with Gensler to renovate the arts and crafts room for the Boys & Girls Club in Dallas. Constructed over three weeks, the space was transformed into an inviting, creative center. The team worked closely with the trade contractors to obtain donated materials and labor. The Boys & Girls Club's mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Lyndhurst, NJ: Four daring Structure Tone staff members put all vanity aside and participated in a head-shaving event to support the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The Structure Tone team of Kenneth Burke, Steve Neeson, Mick Healy and Joe Durando raised over $18,000 for the honorable cause in memory of superintendent Joe Durando's cousin, Antonio Ronga, who passed away from spinal cord/brain tumors. The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.
Dallas, TX: The Dallas office collaborated with AG Construction, a division of A&G Piping and KPost Company to create the custom-built playhouse for the Parade of Playhouses . Designed by Michael Malone Architects, the playhouse was inspired by a modern Japanese studio. Volunteers Stephen Dagley, Ashley Shaw, Collin Scott and Jen Ragan-Marlowe (all of Structure Tone Southwest) lent their expertise and constructed the playhouse over a two-week period. Components of the playhouse include Douglas Fir lumber, Lexan side panels and a TPO roof. The annual event raises awareness for Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a non-profit organization that supports abused and neglected children in protective care so they have the chance to become successful adults.
New York, NY: Structure Tone staff recently attended the 29th Annual Race Against MS at Belmont Park Race Track. The event, which benefited The New York City—Southern New York Chapter of the MS Society, was sponsored by Structure Tone. MS committee members Ray Donaghy, Jim Donaghy and Brian Donaghy (all of Structure Tone), along with 600 guests, raised nearly $400,000 for the organization.
New York, NY: United Way of NYC (UWNYC) held its annual Gridiron Gala at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and Tony Carvette, president, Structure Tone, co-chaired the high-spirited event. Attended by more than 1,200 corporate and community leaders as well as New York Giants and New York Jets players, the evening raised more than $2 million to support United Way programs. UWNYC connects people, resources and ideas to create a thriving community characterized by income stability, educational success, and healthy people.
Princeton, NJ: Our Princeton office participated in the Relay for Life, an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society that celebrates the lives of people who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost and raises awareness in order to fight back against the disease. Because cancer never sleeps, the relay took place overnight from 5pm–7am. The team camped out at Hamilton YMCA at Sawmill and took turns walking or running around the track. The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
Philadelphia: The Philadelphia Water Department joined forces with Rebuilding Together Philadelphia (RTP) and sponsored the Green Homes project in Cobbs Creek, and our staff lent a helping hand. Staff participated in two days of service to prepare for and help execute projects designed to capture rainwater and prevent excessive run off from storm drains. Each volunteer was trained on how to build flow-through planter boxes and on the actual rebuilding day, each planter box needed to be linked to a different house, each with its own quirky arrangement of internal plumbing. At the end of the day, three blocks of Spruce Street were lined with flow-through planters.
RTP is an organization focused on providing a safe and healthy home for every person. Primarily, RTP focuses on lower income folks in need with emphasis on older adults, people living with disabilities, multi-generational families, and veterans of the armed forces.
Stamford: Led by Jim Hurley, president, Pavarini Northeast has been a long-time, strong supporter of both the CT and NY chapters of March of Dimes One of the key annual events that Pavarini sponsors is the Westchester Real Estate Award Breakfast, which benefits March of Dimes’ mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Patricia A. Valenti, co-chairperson of the March of Dimes breakfast, and principal at Newmark Knight Frank commented "Pavarini Northeast Construction Co. has been a loyal supporter of the March of Dimes for many years. We appreciate their continued support and valuable efforts in sponsoring our mission.” Jim Hurley was also officially elected 2011 March of Dimes, Northern Metro Division Board Member.
Lyndhurst: Dancing the afternoon away for a good cause, Lyndhurst staff participated in a Zumbathon to raise money for the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign YMCA Strong Kids Campaign’s mission is to ensure everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
Lyndhurst: Showing its support for US troops, the Lyndhurst staff participated in the Hugs from Home campaign that sent thoughtful care packages to troops all over the world. A "hug from home" is a gift tube filled to the brim with friendly notes and useful items. Office Furniture Partnership spearheaded the campaign, distributing clear plastic tubes and asked their customers and business partners to join them in sending "a hug" in order to show appreciation to U.S. servicemen and women serving overseas.
Boston, MA: For the Carter School, a facility dedicated to special needs children, our Boston office volunteered staff time and construction materials to build a bus shelter at the school. Students, many of them physically disabled and wheelchair-bound, endured New England weather – rain, snow or shine – disembarking and boarding busses at the beginning and end of each day. The donated shelter provided much needed relief and vastly improved the students’ daily experience.
Dublin staff support the Let’s Do It For Ben golf event
Annual Savills Professions 7's Rugby Team in Hong Kong
Working with high school students in the NY Exploring program
L to R: Joseph Renaghan, president, Joseph F. Renaghan & Associates; Joseph Rossi, director, Deloitte; and Jim Donaghy, chairman, Structure Tone at MS Brain Games
Remodeled arts and crafts room at the Boys & Girls Club
Lyndhurst staff shave their heads to show support for kids with cancer
Japanese studio-inspired playhouse for Dallas CASA charity event
Ray Donaghy (3rd from L) and Jim Donaghy (5th from L) with other MS committee members
United Way New York City Gridiron Gala
American Cancer Society Relay for Life team
Staff with mayor Michael Nutter at Rebuilding Together Philly
March of Dimes breakfast
Lyndhurst Zumbathon event
Hugs from Home gift tubes sent to US troops
Boston staff build bus shelter at Carter School