Cryotech celebrating 25th year with charity events

Shawn Kemper and Chris Conover battle it out in a shoot off held on March 20, Cryotech’s 25th birthday. Employees were treated to a catered lunch and festivities to help celebrate the 25th milestone. Photo courtesy of Cryotech.


FORT MADISON – Bunny suits, monkey beards, and quarter wars, oh my! What do all of these things have in common? They are a few of the fun and creative things Cryotech Deicing Technology employees have recently done to raise money for charity.

In 2017, Cryotech celebrates 25 years in business!  To celebrate this milestone, and properly recognize the keys to its success, Cryotech is implementing a Quarters of Giving campaign.  Each quarter is focused on a different theme – Community, Monetary, Environment, and People. January through March of 2017 was the “Monetary Quarter.”

Cryotech employees were divided into four teams and tasked with raising money for the charity of the team’s choice. The fundraising events that followed were creative to say the least and a blast for participating employees!

The Monetary Quarter kicked off with a Quarter War, similar to a traditional Penny War, but playing on the number 25 and using quarters instead. The four teams battled it out raising over $400! Following the Quarter War, the different teams held individual events including; pancake breakfasts, a trivia night, an ice cream social, bake sales, silent auctions, a taco lunch, a chili cook-off, donut Fridays, tricycle races, wearing a bunny suit for a day, and most recently a “choose his beard style” fundraiser.

“Having fun has been a critical part of our business,” said Craig Starwalt, President and CEO of Cryotech.  “The creativity and initiative Cryotech employees have embraced during our Quarters of Giving campaign is not surprising, and a big reason we have accomplished 25 years in business. It takes being able to think outside the box, roll with the unexpected, and teamwork to get the job done.”

To date, Cryotech employees have served more than 50 hours volunteering in community events and raised over $9,000 to be donated to local charities, including the United Way of the Great River Region.

April 2017 marks the beginning of Cryotech’s “Environmental Quarter.” Cryotech and its employees will focus on the environment by participating in a number of activities, including river bank clean up and tree planting.

The year-long celebration will come to an end in July 2017, with an on-site event for employees, business partners, and the community. Celebration details will be released in the coming months.

Brent McKinney was nominated via monetary votes by his fellow employees to wear a Bunny Suit for the day.
Pictured left is Chris Conover desperately trying to catch the pack during a tricycle race at Cryotech Deicing Technology.  Conover came from behind and placed second out of 5 contestants.
Josh Wykert of Cryotech, graciously agreed to auction off his face for the sake of charity. Fellow employees could vote with monetary donations on several beard choices. The big winner was a Monkey Tail beard bringing in $200!
















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