Lowe’s, one of the largest home improvement stores in the world, reached out to BEST in August 2017. Lindsay, from the Lowe’s headquarters in Mooresville, NC inquired about a possible event for over 3,000 people. She explained to us that every year they had a National Sales Meeting in Las Vegas, and this year they wanted to have a charitable team-building component as part of their meeting. The building of bikes was something that she expressed interest in right away. Lindsay also wanted the team building to be done onsite where their meeting was taking place, in the convention center in the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.
After Lindsay and our sales team had their initial call, we were able to better understand the company, and what their goals and their objectives were for this event. We presented her with several different options: Bike Build Donation®, Build-a-Guitar®, Build-a-Wheelchair®, and our Wagon Build Donation™. All four of these programs are high energy and plus end with a heartfelt donation for those less fortunate.
Lindsay had her heart set on our Bike Build Donation®, one of our most popular charitable programs! We were thrilled that she had chosen this program and knew that it would be a perfect fit for her and her team.
What resulted was the largest bike build donation in history! Over 3,500 Lowe’s managers from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico came together in the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas and built 1,048 bikes for donation. And joining them in the build was Jimmie Johnson, a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion!
Throughout the event, teams participated in fun iPad® challenges and activities, which aided them in gaining points to acquire the necessary parts to build their bikes. Once the bikes were built, they were affixed with a handwritten note of encouragement before undergoing a safety inspection. As the event came to a close, excited children arrived from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada and were each given a bike, a helmet, and a lock to keep their new bike safe.
“It was a great day for the 3,500 Lowe’s managers that participated in the Bike Build Donation event on February 7, 2018, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. They set the World Record by building and donating 1,048 bikes, helmets, and locks to deserving children throughout the state of Nevada.” - Dave - Lowe’s