Vicente Torres Cruz, a Cost Accountant at McCormick Pesa in Cuautitlan,
Mexico, says his life changed dramatically when he was a boy growing up
at Internado Infantil Guadalupano, a boarding school and orphanage in
Mexico. "They gave me a place to live, education, and instructed me in
values. So I grew up with dignity and good habits," Vicente recalled.
Since graduating in 2000, those values have stuck with Vicente. Each
month he invests an average of 30 hours with the boys and young men at
the school. He's a tutor, role model, and advisor helping fellow
graduates transition to adult life. In honor of his concern for others,
commitment to values and work with Internado Infantil Guadalupano,
Vicente Torres Cruz has received the McCormick 2010 Community Service
Left to right: Richard Ayres, William Humphreys, Jorge Canas Minero, Vicente Torres Cruz, Alan Wilson, Tina Sherrice Stevens. (Photo: Studio Z)
The award was announced March 30th at McCormick and Company
Incorporated's (NYSE:MKC) Annual Shareholders Meeting in Hunt Valley,
Md. It includes a $25,000 contribution to Internado Infantil Guadalupano
from the company.
The award, established in 2004, recognizes exemplary volunteerism by
McCormick employees around the world. Employees are nominated, and an
independent panel selects the most deserving. The top winner chosen gets
a check for $25,000 to donate to his or her charity of choice. Four
runners-up are picked to receive checks for $5,000 for their causes.
Other Community Service Finalists who each earned $5,000 for their
Richard Ayres, of McCormick Canada, who works for Victim Services in
William Humphreys, of McCormick Global Ingredients Ltd., who works
with Agape Youth Sports Community Service Program in The Caymans.
Jorge Alberto Canas Minero, of McCormick de Centro America in El
Salvador, who works with Fundacion Salvadorena De Sindrome De Down
Tina Sherrice Stevens, of the U.S. Consumer Products Division, who
works with the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Bentonville, Arkansas.
"I know that the financial support [from this award] will offer an
opportunity for more generations of children who suffer from neglect,
abuse and extreme poverty to achieve their dreams and have a better
quality of life," Vicente said. "This school manages to succeed thanks
to the economic contributions and in-kind donations from individuals and
foundations." The boarding school/orphanage gives boys and young men an
education based on values preparing them for professional or technical
jobs such as carpentry, maintenance, automotive mechanics, fine arts and
"Today I can claim that, thanks to all of their support and what the
boarding school provided for children in our country, I am a man of
goodwill, respectful and committed to the school. I will continue doing
everything in my hands to return a little bit of how much I have
received from this great institution."
Commending all Service Award Winners, Chairman, President and CEO Alan
Wilson said, "'The Power of People' is a core belief that has resonated
at McCormick for decades. It speaks to employees who make a difference
in the communities where they live. These employees represent the many
worldwide who are making a difference in their communities, and these
days it's more important than ever."
[Internado Infantil Guadalupano has no web site but you can connect with
the school via its Facebook page.]
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