811 Day Recap
By: Lareina Taing, Marketing Communications Specialist
To help promote the important 811 message, many of our damage prevention partners celebrated 811 Day (August 11th) by sponsoring 5K runs, sporting events, and many other activities. 811 Day continues to serve as a great reminder for everyone to contact their local notification center prior to starting any digging projects. Let’s take a look at some of their efforts:
New York 811
New York 811 (NY 811) partnered with National Grid for the Long Island Ducks vs. the York Revolution baseball game. Roger Sampson, Executive Director for NY 811, threw out the first pitch.
Miss Utility/District One Call partnered with PHMSA for an 811 safety awareness event at the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters building. The 811 Car and the Washington Gas/UtiliQuest 811 Care-A-Van were on the scene to help promote safe digging.
After the event, Miss Utility/District One Call and PHMSA had booths with giveaways and an 811 virtual reality experience at the Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves baseball game. It was a great day at the ballpark with the Washington Nationals winning 6-3.
Miss Utility of Delmarva
The 811 Car appeared at the 2018 Miss Utility of Delmarva 5K, which was held at Mispillion River Brewing in Milford, DE.
The proceeds from the 5K were donated to Construction Angels, a national non-profit organization created to facilitate access to financial services for immediate surviving family members of a construction worker who has lost their life while working on a job site.
After the run, attendees could refresh themselves with some cold beverages at the brewery.
Lone Star 811
The 811 Trike and Bike were with Lone Star 811 for the Cody Johnson concert on 811 Day.
Gopher State One Call
Gopher State One Call (GSOC) sponsored a MN 811 Run/Walk around Lake Calhoun. All proceeds from this event went to Twin Cities Firefighters Operation Warm, a non-profit organization that provides warm winter coats for children in Minnesota.
Greg Peterson from the Peterson Farm Bros (PFB) completed a Facebook Live video at 8:11am on 811 Day to explain why the 811 message was important, as well as completing an online ticket with Kansas 811. The PFB ran a contest from August 10-13 where participants could share their 811 photos or the 811 Day live video with #farmsafe811 or #ranchsafe811 for a chance to win a BBQ grill set from Kansas 811 and other great 811 prizes.
Kansas 811 also hosted their annual 811 Run. All proceeds from the race were donated to the Kansas Food Bank. The run was a fun family-friendly event with games, bounce houses, food trucks, and free giveaways and drawings for some great prizes.
Louisiana 811 (LA 811) had the pleasure of being featured on two different radio shows in Baton Rouge, 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge and Talk 107.3, to educate everyone about 811 Day.
LA 811 was also at the New Orleans Baby Cakes baseball game. Tickets were specially priced at just $9.00 per person. The first 1,000 fans who entered the ballpark received a free Louisiana 811 Baby Cakes baseball cap, courtesy of LA 811.
North Dakota One Call
North Dakota One Call (NDOC) sponsored "811 Day at the Ballpark" at a Bismarck Larks baseball game, during which they distributed 811 ball caps. The first 100 participants who filed a locate ticket with NDOC before the game were eligible to receive two free tickets to the 811 Day baseball game by taking their locate ticket to the Larks front office or by submitting their information online. The promotion was called “Dig for Cash”, and every submission was automatically entered for the chance to dig for $5,000 in cash on the field during the game. This year’s “Dig for Cash” winner was Eric Koster. He walked away with nearly $3,000!
“Dig for Cash” Winner: Eric Koster
Iowa One Call
Iowa One Call (IOC) educated state fair visitors about the importance of damage prevention, distributed promotional items to remind them to use 811 before digging, and sponsored a photo contest. Entrants submitted their best pictures of fair food items arranged to spell "811" for a chance to win a prize.
Montana 811 sponsored the Billings Mustangs vs. Idaho Falls Chukars baseball game. The event was called "Montana 811 Night". Easton Yerger, son of Cody Yerger with CHS, threw out the first pitch.
One Call Concepts, Inc. (OCC) would like to thank everyone who takes the initial step towards safe excavation by contacting their local notification center before they dig. We hope you all had a safe and wonderful 811 Day!