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Engineering Firm Prepares For GABR

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A lot of organizations are eager to participate in Sanford's Great American Bike Race. They put together a team of 12 to raise money for the cause and take turns on the stationary bike throughout the day.

And some companies make an extra effort to pump up the excitement level at the office long before the event takes place.

"Five, four, three, two, one!"

Ever get the feeling that some places are probably more fun to work at than others? This is lunch time at Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson (KLJ). A group of riders who aren't on the GABR team were recruited for an additional fundraiser. Employees at the engineering firm paid $5 or more for the chance to watch this two- mile relay race and possibly win some swag by selecting the winners.

"You know, I'm just trying to be a team player," says Dean Anagnos of KLJ. "They bribed me."

"Yeah, I mean, but you risk embarrassment, don't you?"

"No. No, I'm always the bad guy around here, so I never get embarrassed," says Anagnos. 

It's a small taste of the real event at Century High School, and it's a way to ensure that the whole company shows support for the racers who give it their all, both physically and monetarily.

"Their slogan is, 'doing it for the kids.' And when you get there, it is so exciting and so much fun to be part of that. I think as our organization has spent now three years in the event, we've just really come to appreciate what the event does for kids," says team captain Emily Johnson. 

"How are you doing, Kevin?"

"Not Good!"

And just like that, in a matter of minutes, donors contribute another $5 or so to help pay for equipment or travel expenses for children with cerebral palsy and their families.

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