Central’s Annual Company Picnic

Central Restaurant Products held its annual company picnic for employees and their families Saturday August 14 beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Broad Ripple Park in Indianapolis.

Games and prizes were available for employees and children enjoyed a bounce house from Party Time Rental and gift bags. Despite the incredibly hot and humid weather, the turnout was normal.

“About 124, ” Kerrie Lafky, HR director, said. “Same as years past.”

The picnic began with bingo followed by the Cornhole tournament at 12 p.m. First place winners were Harold Lloyd, maintenance, and Mike Mayberry, warehouse associate. Steve Myers, product consultant, and his son Alex took second place.

Cornhold Tournament Winners. First place, Mike Mayberry and Harold Lloyd (left).  Second place, Steve and Alex Myers (right).

Lunch was served at 1 p.m by Jugs Catering.  The menu consisted of pulled pork, fried chicken, green beans, au gratin potatoes, fried biscuits with apple butter, fresh fruit salad, cookies, lemonade and soda.

The heat played a huge role in the day’s festivities.

“Weather was very hot. Too hot. Africa hot,” Myers described. However to beat the heat, he and other employees were able to go under shelter, drink water and use mini fans provided by Central. “Thanks for the mini fans, they helped some.”

Despite the heat, employees and their families enjoyed the event.

“It was fun to talk to other employees in a less formal setting and meet the people that are important in their lives.” Tim Huggins, freight analyst, said.

Central employees Nick Wallpe, Sharron Ransom and Danielle Deppert.

A generous amount of door prizes were given. The door prizes were: (3) $25 gas cards, Kodak PlaySport (Zx3) HD waterproof pocket video camera, iPod nano 8 (8 GB), iPod shuffle (4 GB), Canon PIXMA MX340 Wireless Office All-in-One Printer as well as many restaurant gift cards and other miscellaneous items.

IT Director, Joe Haigerty, said he thought most everyone was able to win something.

A date for next year’s company picnic has not yet been set.

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