Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Giving Back, One Bucky Badger Statue at aTime

By Taylor Kilgore, CUNA Mutual Group
At CUNA Mutual Group, giving back to the community is part of our corporate culture. Kim Mahaffey, Manager, Research and Coordination, found a way she can make it fun and align with her passion for art.

More than 80 life-size Bucky Badger statues – decorated with various designs – are now on display in  support of local nonprofits throughout the Greater Madison, WI area for Bucky on Parade. Kim, who works at our corporate headquarters here in Madison, designed three of them.


 As a University of Wisconsin – Madison Badger fan and artist, it only seemed natural for Kim to participate. Three of the four designs she submitted are on display.  These include:

• “We are Bucky,” featuring photos of Badger fans.
• “Funky Buckingham,” which has an abstract sports theme.
• “Fifth Quarter” with a marching band theme and real instruments.

Each Bucky statue is six and a half feet tall and weighs about 150 pounds.

“Getting them in the house was a little bit of an issue, but they made it in,” said Kim. “And, we built some rollers to put them on. So, I could move them around my kitchen easily. As you can imagine, it’s been very interesting having life-size Bucky statues in my kitchen.”

Kim made great use of her project management skills to juggle working full-time and completing the three statues on her nights and weekends. Despite the time constraints, she was excited to use her talents and give back to her hometown.

All for a Good Cause

Bucky on Parade is not only decorating Madison this summer. It’s also supporting non-profit organizations. Each Bucky is sponsored by a Madison company, and the proceeds will support Garding Against Cancer, Madison Area Sports Commission and other local non-profits. CUNA Mutual Group is pleased to be sponsoring one of the statues.

“I’m really proud to work for a company that gives back to the community and encourages me to do the same,” said Kim. “It feels good to do something I’m passionate about that also helps other people.”

If you are in the Madison area, check out Bucky on Parade and Kim’s incredible work.

Learn more about how CUNA Mutual Group gives back and how we focus on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a business.

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