CBI’s Katherine Adcock Rides 101.5 Miles to Fundraise for Multiple Sclerosis Research

Last weekend, Katherine Adcock, Director of Project Services in CBI’s Raleigh market joined more than 1100 neighbors and community members for a bike ride around Historic New Bern to raise money for and bring attention to the importance of Multiple Sclerosis Research. Cyclists began at Union Point Park in New Bern and had the option to ride a 30 mile, 50 mile, 75 mile or 100 mile route around the city. With 1,189 people participating, this MS Ride raised $1,174,133 for MS Research this year.

When asked why she participates in this ride each year, Katherine says, “This started out as something I would do with a group of girlfriends. We like to participate in something athletic each quarter that also supports an important cause in the community. We have done half marathons, 5Ks, other bike rides and more. However, eventually I met some friends who had MS and learned through them about the MS Bike Ride. Through this event, I’ve become part of a fantastic cycling community that raises money for MS which directly impacts my friends. This why I’ve continued participating each year.”

Katherine typically trains for the MS Bike Ride by riding at least 300 – 500 miles a month to prepare. This year, due to schedule constraints she rode a little less, yet was still able to complete over 100 miles on the day of the event. 

Katherine and her husband enjoy giving back to the community and often demonstrate CBI’s Live Love Serve philosophy in their giving. Katherine says, “My husband and I are both able bodied individuals so we like to try to help in ways where others cannot. Giving back to the community is not about us, it’s about those who cannot do and do not have. If we have it and can do it and it helps someone else who needs it then that is reason enough for us to share our talent and time.”

We asked Katherine how she felt when crossing the finish line on Saturday. She says, “Crossing the finish line is always bittersweet. There’s a big sigh of relief and sense of accomplishment for finishing the race, but there is also a little bit of sadness that the thing you worked so hard to finish is over. My friends and I always feel a little emotional when crossing the finish line. It’s an amazing experience and one I love to relive each year.”

We are so proud to have Katherine on the CBI team and representing our Live Love Serve Philosophy in her community. Learn more about the MS Ride benefitting Multiple Sclerosis Research here and find out how you can participate next year! 

CBI Associates Participate in a Weeklong Home Build to Support Local Resident of West Virginia

CBI Associates (from left to right) John Kline, Thom Klingman, David Longo, Kenny Sondys, Laura Magera, Jeff Jordan, Seth Duvernay and guests Felipe Izquierdo and Jim McAllistor pose for a picture after a day of homebuilding in West Virginia. 

Last month, seven CBI Associates and two guests traveled to Dunlow, West Virginia to meet student volunteers from Immaculata High School and Seton Hall University to participate in a weeklong home build for local resident Greg Sowards. Dunlow is an area of extreme poverty where many in the community struggle to make ends meet day after day. Greg is a disabled veteran who is known well in Dunlow for his service to others and regularly volunteers his time assisting Billy and Addie Likens, the husband and wife team responsible for providing extensive outreach and resources to individuals and families in need in the area. 

Billy and Addie regularly partner with CBI, the Live Love Serve Foundation and other community groups to make an impact in their town, and a few years aga built and began operating an amazing new recreational center where children from the community can hang out after school and where local families can get support and services that range from employment coaching, substance abuse counseling, financial counseling and more. 

CBI and the Live Love Serve Foundation have a unique tradition of outreach in this area and for the last six years, CBI has sponsored a Christmas Event at the Dunlow Rec Center, where Associates visit and serve residents a warm meal, hand out gifts and necessities and offer a heartwarming Christmas experience that many families would not have if it weren’t for the donation of others. This year, CBI took their holiday outreach a step further when they volunteered to participate in this exciting homebuild for Mr. Sowers.  

“This year was the first year CBI participated in the homebuilding work camp in Dunlow,” says David Longo, CBI’s Founder, Chairman and CEO. “Our company has strong relationships with many of the residents of this area because of our service at Christmastime. It was incredibly special for our team members to be able to come back this summer and participate in a different type of outreach that still supports the individuals we have gotten to know and love.”  

The first day the team showed up onsite, they were full of energy and ready to get started with the build. Greg joined the team and contributed greatly to the development of his new home. The walls of the home were already prefabricated by a group of high school students in the area studying carpentry. The first day of the build consisted of putting in floor joys, building the deck and standing all the interior and exterior walls by the end of the day. Trusses were up by the end of day two and the roof, windows and doors followed. 

Thom Klingman, VP of New Business Development at CBI, was part of the crew and says of the experience, “It was really neat to see these high school and college kids from Immaculata and Seton Hall in action. The kids did the bulk of the heavy lifting with guidance from adult team members. It was inspiring to see how excited and committed they were to the cause and it was really nice to be able to teach them new things in the process.” 

This was the first trip to Dunlow for Laura Magera, Senior Design Project Manager at CBI. When asked what her favorite part of the experience was she said, “I particularly liked that we got to visit the community and meet residents from the area. One of the most inspirational parts of the trip was speaking to two volunteers whose house burned down several years ago and were helped by the organization to build their new home. They now volunteer whenever they can to pay it forward, even though one of the individuals suffers from ALS. The locals in Dunlow live such simple lives and are grateful for whatever they have. When you’re around that kind of energy it’s infectious, and it makes you realize how important the work is that we are doing.” 

Not only was the outreach aspect of this trip important, but it was also a great week of connection. Many of the students involved in the build knew of each other in school but were not necessarily friendly or close. Same with some of the CBI Associates who participated from different markets. By the end of the week, many of the students were exchanging phone numbers and making plans to get together at home, and CBI Associates developed new bonds with colleagues they don’t get to work with each day. 

Laura says, “I also enjoyed spending time with the CBI Team in a different setting. At work we are always doing some many things at once we don’t often have the time to slow down and catch up personally. It was great to be able to spend some time having casual conversations with my colleagues while working with each other and the students.”

“Our relationship with Billy and Addie and the teams at Immaculata and Seton Hall is nothing short of amazing.” says David “Our associates look forward to our visit every year at Christmas, and now they look forward to making the homebuilding trip a tradition. Not only did the CBI team show up and help build the house, but they are responsible for raising the $40,000 in funds that were needed to purchase building materials, tools, paint and more to make this happen. I am extremely proud of our Associates and the passion they have for this ministry. We are truly blessed as a company to have such amazing people willing to give their time, talent and treasure.”

CBI and the Live Love Serve Foundation are proud to partner with Immaculata and Seton Hall to support the people of Dunlow each year. Learn more about our annual Christmas event in the town here, and consider joining us on our next trip to Wayne County. 

Associates from CBI’s Raleigh Location Volunteer their Time at the Local Food Bank

Associates from CBI’s Raleigh office recently took some time to give back to their local community by volunteering at the Foodbank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh. The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina (the Food Bank) is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for friends and neighbors facing hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for 40 years. Through partnerships, education, and programs, the Food Bank empowers communities to overcome hunger, creating an environment where all North Carolinians thrive. 


While at The Food Bank the CBI Team helped sort food into different categories so it can eventually be shipped to other food pantry locations.

Rachel Lawver, a CBI Project Manager, says “Volunteering at the Raleigh Food Bank was an amazing experience for our team. We were part of a larger group effort, and over a 4-hour time period, we contributed to sorting 10,900 lbs. of food which is the equivalent of 9,108 meals for North Carolina Residents.” 

In North Carolina, 1,417,440 people are facing hunger - and of them 419,470 are children. Organizations like the Foodbank of Central and Eastern North Carolina make it possible to provide food to people in need while building solutions to end hunger in our communities. We are extremely proud of our CBI Associates for taking the time to support this organization and those in their community facing hunger. 

Learn more about the Foodbank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and how you can join the fight against hunger here.