Though Boeing and Virginia Mason are leaders in very different fields, they have important shared values. “We want to improve our world for the better,” emphasizes Kevin Schemm, chief financial officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and member of the Virginia Mason Board of Directors. “Boeing and Virginia Mason are both committed to nurturing healthy vibrant communities. We also both operate with an eye toward the future. Innovation is at the heart of what we do because we know we provide valuable services to our region and the world, and technology is changing constantly. Investing in innovation and engaging with our communities makes a profound difference.”
Boeing and Virginia Mason have a long-standing partnership. Boeing supports Virginia Mason as a Legacy partner, through the Boeing Classic Golf Tournament title sponsorship and by providing leadership on Virginia Mason boards. Boeing employees also give time, talent and donations to Virginia Mason.
“At Boeing, we are committed to giving back to the local communities where our employees live and work, and nearly half of our global workforce is located right here in Washington state,” says Kevin. “We simply believe strongly in community engagement and the Boeing Classic is just one way we honor that commitment.”
Proud of the Boeing Classic
“The Boeing Company is tremendously proud of this fantastic tournament, set on a beautiful, world-class golf course in this great place we call home,” explains Kevin. “We’ve sponsored the event for 13 years now and we are committed to our title sponsorship partnership for many more years to come.”
The event is special to Boeing for many reasons. “Employees and retirees care about this event,” says Kevin. “They are able to attend for free and several hundred volunteer their time for the event each year. They enjoy giving back to the community and we enjoy supporting them. Also, this is a way we can honor our veterans through Military Appreciation Day held on the final day of the tournament. About 15 percent of our workforce are veterans, and we want to provide a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to them and all veterans.”
Since the Boeing Classic began, more than $6 million has been raised to support medical research at Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) and other local charities. “We are honored to play a role in this important work that makes such a difference to the people in our communities,” affirms Kevin.