SMACNA Oregon Contractors raise more than 30,000 for local charities

SMACNA Oregon & Southwest Washington 

December 14, 2022


SMACNA Oregon & SW Washington contractors raised more than $30,000 for local charities at SMACNA Oregon & SW Washington's annual Christmas Gala last Friday. The night's charity campaign was chaired by Steve Jones, President of R&J Metal Fabricators. 


At the event SMACNA contractors, guests, and affiliate members raised $30,883 for our community: 


Toy and Joymakers

Oregon Food Bank 

Oregon Tradeswoman 

Meals on Wheels 







SMACNA Oregon Affiliate Member, Johnson Air Products, was the night's big giver, with the company and its employees donating $8,290 for Toy and Joy Makers. Because of their generous donation, Johnson Air will own SMACNA's "Hardest Working Elf" award for the 2022-2023 season.  Doug Kissler from Johnson Air stated, "the best part of giving is helping to support the good work that Toy and Joymakers are doing for children in need in our community, the next best part of giving is being recognized with SMACNA's award and we want to win it again next year."  


Employees and leaders representing Alliant, Arctic, General Sheet Metal, Streimer, and R&J were not far behind with each making sizable donations to Toy and Joy Makers.  Guests also brought unwrapped presents to be donated to Toy and Joymakers. The presents were collected by Lt. Jeff Tachney and firefighters from Portland Fire Department Engine Company #1. Pat McMahon from Toy and Joy stated that "for over 100 years, Toy and Joy Makers has promoted the spirit of helping children and their families during the holiday season.” Last year the organization provided toys to 7,529 children. The annual toy drive was founded by the Portland Fire & Rescue in 1914 to help local families in need around the holidays. It’s run by volunteers and funded by donations, the donations from SMACNA's contractors represent a significant portion of our budget and we are incredibly thankful for their generosity." 


Steve Jones is proud of the impact that SMACNA contractors have had on the community. "Over the past 7 years, SMACNA Oregon and its contractors have raised more than $130,000 for Toy and Joymakers. Our members have also given hundreds of unwrapped toys, it's nice to be a part of something good for kids."   


The Chapter continued the spirit of giving by making donations to Oregon Tradeswoman, Oregon Food Bank, and Meals on Wheels.



Johnson Air, Portland Fire Department at the SMACNA Christmas Party