Saturday, April 4, 2020
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We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
~ Sir Winston Churchill

At T&T Materials, Inc., what defines a company as a responsible corporate citizen is not a few well intentioned paragraphs in the employee manual or a lofty sounding statement posted on the website. To be a truly outstanding corporate citizen, the commitment and dedication to helping others who are less fortunate, who suffer and who are the most vulnerable must be embedded in your corporate culture and in your personal character. And, perhaps most importantly, that commitment and dedication must translate into ongoing actions and deeds, not merely hibernate as good intentions unfulfilled.

We understand what it takes to be a good corporate citizen and we put that understanding into practice for the benefit of our neighbors, our community and our nation.

NAMI Rochester

NAMI ROCHESTER - Our local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMIWalks Rochester: The major annual fundraiser for NAMI Rochester. T&T Materials has been supporting this event every year, since its inception in 2013 both financially (as a corporate sponsor) AND physically (by volunteering and walking).

While NAMIWalks Rochester is the major fundraiser for NAMI Rochester, there is also an emphasis on promoting the services of the organization and raising awareness of the overall mental health support system in our community. T&T Materials' commitment to this organization is expressed through donating both financial and physical support to this event.

“Everyone is aware of the reality that not-for-profit organizations need financial support from companies and individuals, and we do what we can to help fulfill that need,” James Terhune (President/CEO) explains. “What is often overlooked is the fact that these organizations are volunteer-driven. NAMI Rochester has an extraordinary group of volunteers who support the organization’s day-to-day operations, but major events such as this require an investment from the community that goes beyond opening the check book.”

Terhune, James Mossgraber (Vice President / General Manager), Ron Karker (Sales) and Sarah Mossgraber (Quality Compliance Coordinator) are all involved in the event; volunteering their time on walk day every year and walking with family and friends. In 2015, T&T Materials directed their sponsorship donation to their own team, 
"Where the Sidewalk Ends", which was one of the largest teams that year.


Valuable Donation of Time & Talents to NAMI Rochester: Our VP/GM, James Mossgraber teaches a NAMI program called "Family-to-Family", sits on the board, and was an integral part in helping NAMI Rochester win the Causewave Matchstick Prize in 2016.

In the spring of 2016, NAMI Rochester was recognized as an outstanding “small giant” among Rochester’s nonprofit organizations by winning the 2016 Causewave Community Partners’ Annual Matchstick Award, which included a $5,000 cash grant and $25,000 media grant. Mossgraber helped write the nomination proposal for this award.

NAMI Rochester is more than deserving of this award. The monetary aspect of the prize is significant and will surely be influential in fulfilling the organization’s mission to provide support, education and advocacy to the community. Although the focus on media funding is perhaps the most valuable aspect of this award. It is time to change the conversation about mental illness and the conversation needs to travel beyond the walls of NAMI’s board room and offices, to support individuals and families striving for mental wellness.
~ James Mossgraber

PHOTO: Mossgraber (far right) joins NAMI Rochester staff and Causewave President & CEO, Todd Butler (far left) at award presentation ceremony.
VIDEO: Watch the local news coverage of the 2016 Matchstick Prize presentation ceremony, which includes an interview with James Mossgraber.

Visit NAMI Rochester's website to learn more about all of the amazing work they do for our community.
Rock Island Arsenal Welcome Club


Annual Golf Tournament - T&T Materials appreciated the opportunity to support this organization through participating in this event annually, until the final year the event was held in 2017.

As a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), T&T Materials staff are acutely mindful of the importance of supporting organizations that provide services for military personnel and their families. Rock Island Arsenal Welcome Club (RIAWC), is one of these extraordinary community organizations that supports the Quad Cities Area of Illinois.

Our President/CEO, James Terhune, is a veteran of the US Army and truly appreciates the efforts that are made by RIAWC, and other similar groups around the country, that support military communities. “I keep returning to participate in this event, because I believe in what RIAWC does for the Quad Cities area.” explains Terhune.

The purpose of the RIAWC is to develop and foster a spirit of Quad Cities Area (QCA) community responsibility at Rock Island Arsenal, to provide opportunities for social, cultural and creative pursuits and to support worthwhile service and community projects.

Learn More about RIAWC

NY Warrior Alliance & Wounded Warrior Project


Honoring Heroes @ Hickory Ridge Golf Tournament - T&T Materials staff has seized the opportunity to support New York Warrior Alliance (and Wounded Warrior Project, which was the fundrainsing recipient for the the first couple years of this tournament) through participating in this event annually for many years. 

When Cindy and Kevin Diehl, the owners of Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Holley, New York decided to organize a charity golf outing to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, their goal was to raise $10,000 for this worthwhile and noble cause. Thanks in large measure to the overwhelming outpouring of support from the community, this event has continued to be a great success year after year.
T&T Materials, Inc. was honored to be recognized as one of the first Corporate Tee Sponsors for the inaugural event in 2012, and field a foursome that year and several subsequent years, to further demonstrate the company’s support and heart-felt commitment to the cause of caring for our warfighters who are wounded in battle and their families.

Our President/CEO, James Terhune is acutely aware of the impact of individuals' efforts to support veteran organizations. “While we are very fortunate to be able to enjoy this beautiful July afternoon and participate in this great round of golf with friends and fellow veterans, the reality is that for many soldiers who have been wounded in the course of their service to our nation, life is a constant struggle; a daunting challenge each and every day. These brave men and women should not have to face these challenges alone. As citizens, we have a moral obligation to care for these warriors.” observed James Terhune, President / CEO of T&T Materials, Inc. “I applaud the efforts and the dedication of Cindy and Kevin and all the volunteers and participants who made this outing an unqualified success.”

Learn more about the recipient organization of this event on their website:
New York Warrior Alliance
Richard Barton Scholarship Tournament


Annual Golf Tournament - T&T Materials, President / CEO participated in this event in it 2016, when it was still being organized by the Veterans Business Council. The Richard Barton Veteran Support Foundation was formed in 2017, and now runs the tournament.

T&T Materials, Inc. was honored to help local veterans reach their educational goals by supporting the Veterans Business Council's 4th annual Rick Barton Scholarship Golf Tournament. All of the net proceeds from the golf registrations, sponsorships, and dinner go directly to veteran scholarships. This year, the tournament’s goal was to help ten veterans attend Monroe Community College (MCC). Our President / CEO, James Terhune, golfed in the event, in addition to T&T Materials' "Event Sponsor" donation.

As both a veteran and a graduate of MCC, Terhune is particularly devoted to supporting the efforts of the Rick Barton Scholarship. “I value education very highly and understand the unique barriers to continuing a formal education that many service men and women face." said Terhune "As one of the most highly ranked community colleges in the country, an MCC education and degree creates opportunities for occupational and personal growth for each of the veterans that receive these scholarships."

Learn more about this organization, and this event, by visiting their website:
The Richard Barton Veteran Support Foundation


Veterans Outreach Center


Annual Golf Tournamant: This event serves as one of several annual fundraisers for the Veterans Outreach Center (VOC). T&T Materials has been honored to support the VOC through corporate sponsorships and participation. James Mossgraber and James Terhune have enjoyed golfing in this event.

T&T Materials, Inc. was no stranger to supporting VOC fundraising efforts in the past, but in 2013 the company had the opportunity to support and attend this event for the first time. After particiapting in another charity golf tournament the previous day, Terhune and Mossgraber were ready to take to the course at Midvale Country Club in Penfield, NY.

T&T Materials, Inc. is always looking forward to opportunities to support Rochester’s VOC and their mission to provide "premier one-stop supportive services to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families" and "serve by helping them to achieve their goals and realize their full potential" has guided them through over 45 years of service to the Rochester community.

VOC Annual Golf Tournament Foursome From Left to Right*

Denny Kish
Carlo Callea
James Terhune (T&T Materials, Inc. President/CEO)
James Mossgraber (T&T Materials, Inc. Vice President/GM)
*uniformed service members not listed


Veterans Outreach Center’s Home Front Flags Campaign: (From the VOC wesite) Veterans Outreach Center’s annual Flag Day campaign celebrates the Red, White, and Blue as the symbol of our country. Held each year on and around Flag Day (June 14th). To share the pride of Old Glory, volunteers distribute over 30,000 flags and information on VOC’s services and accept donations to support the programs and services that Veterans Outreach Center provides to veterans, active service members, and their families.

Throughout the summer months in the United States, we observe the many pieces that come together to complete the picture of our country’s epic narrative. Nestled in between Memorial Day and Independence Day, on June 14th, we observe a very special “birthday”. Flag Day, the anniversary of our nation’s adoption of the Stars & Stripes, celebrates our most respected national icon.

T&T Materials, Inc. was very pleased to help support VOC's 20th Annual Flag Day Campaign. Our “Betsy Ross” Level sponsorship, helped the VOC cover their 2013's Home Front Flags Campaign.

Visit Veterans Outreach Center to learn more about all of the important work they do for our community.
Steel Lillies


Annual Casino Night - Created to honor the memory of Tiffany Lill, the Steel Lillies foundation continues her fight for advancements in sarcoma cancer research at the University of Rochester’s Wilmot Cancer Center.

James M. Terhune (President/CEO), James F. Mossgraber (Vice President/General Manager) and their families represented T&T Materials, Inc. at the inaugural All In For Steel Lillies gala fundraiser. On February 9th, 2013 the Rochester Plaza Hotel was full of energy and hope as hundreds of supporters came together to remember Tiffany Lill, a woman who was only 39 when she died of sarcoma; a very rare form of cancer. A variety of “just-for-fun” casino games provided entertainment, while silent and live auctions helped to further support the fundraising goals of Steel Lillies.

“For a first-time effort, the corporate and community support for this fundraising event is truly amazing and the attendance is very impressive.” observed Jim Terhune. “The organizers are to be applauded for their efforts. As people who have been tragically touched by soft tissue sarcoma, we are very pleased to be able to lend our support to this cause.”

Learn more about this organization, and the work they have done to support Cancer Research, by visiting their website:
Steel Lillies Foundation
Warrior Salute


Nucor House Project - a transitional home for Veterans who are diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, while enrolled in CDS Monarch’s Warrior Salute Program.

In 2012, CDS Monarch recently purchased a home in Penfield, NY, which become the “The Nucor House”. The 14-bed residential facility is named after a major benefactor, Nucor Corporation. Major renovation and remodeling was required to prepare the house for the Warrior Salute Program participants. Recognizing the need, the United Way of Greater Rochester (NY) promoted the remodeling and clean-up efforts as a very worthy volunteer opportunity for their United Way Day of Care event held in May 10, 2012. T&T Materials, Inc. President / CEO James Terhune joined the over three dozen volunteers to perform all manner of repair and rehab tasks. For most of the day, Jim could be found with power washer "gun" in hand.

Thanks in no small measure to the hundreds of volunteer hours donated to this effort, the facility opened on July 10, 2012.

“We are very excited to be able to offer a home to our Warrior Salute Veterans where they will have around-the-clock support from their comrades and staff.” stated Sankar Sewnauth, President/CEO of CDS Monarch, Inc. “It is so important for Warrior Salute to have the support of the local community to meet the needs of our injured Veterans. They gave so much for our freedom, and now it is our turn to repay them, and offering them a comfortable home to live in is just one way we can do that."
-CDS Monarch

At the Dedication Ceremony to mark the official opening of the facility, Jim was asked about his volunteer experience at Nucor House; “Sometimes, for these brave men and women in uniform, who have endured the trauma and anguish of combat, their most difficult journey is the journey home. Donating our time and resources to help and support the transition of these warriors into civilian life is a very small sacrifice indeed, when compared to what these heroes have sacrificed for us as Americans. I am very proud to support this noble effort by CDS Monarch".

Learn more about how CDS Monarch fulfills transitional and employment needs of individuals with disabilities and their families, by visiting their website:
CDS Monarch
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224 West Main Street
Post Office Box 14085
Rochester, New York 14614
Toll Free: 888-909-9119
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Duns # (622871205)
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Federal Supply Codes (9505, 9510, 9515, 9520, 9525, 9530, 9535, 9540, 9545)
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