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Established in 1985, Magellan is more than a specialty steel distributor. Magellan is also an exemplary corporate citizen.

Throughout decades of business, we’ve earned a reputation as an engaged and generous company. The Magellan logo is visible to Chicagoans thanks to our prolific support of many sports teams, music venues, and cultural initiatives.

But we’re most proud of our work with charitable organizations. Through hands-on volunteer opportunities and with direct financial support, we have contributed to dozens of nonprofit groups addressing cultural opportunities and critical societal needs in the Chicagoland area.

It makes us feel pretty great.

Kindness is serious business at Magellan Corporation.

Sharing our stories

From learning from a boardroom presentation by a world-renowned astronomer to plating chicken dinners in the USO commissary, exploring behind the scenes at a museum to attending executive luncheons, entertaining at client appreciation events, or supporting nonprofit fundraisers, Magellan employees find there’s no such thing as a typical work week. Here are a few snapshots of activities we’ve participated in over the years.

THE SKY THAT LIT UP THE SMILES!

Celebrating a decade of supporting Chicago Sky

The Sky that lit up the smiles. On Tuesday, June 18, Magellan was ecstatic to host the entire Chicago Sky WNBA team, their coaches and front office staff for a spectacular Lunch & Learn enjoyed by 180 of our closest clients, colleagues, friends, and staff, as well as Deerfield Mayor Dan Shapiro, IL State Representative Bob Morgan, and representatives from offices of IL State Senator Julie Morrison and US Congressman Brad Schneider.  We also hosted some VERY special guests -- kids from our Chicago Sky / Magellan designated nonprofit partner, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.  

While these athletes are finally capturing the attention they deserve, Magellan is certainly no newcomer to the WNBA -- we're celebrating a DECADE of sponsoring the Sky! Angel Reese? Kamilla Cardosa? Chennedy Carter? Diamond DeShields? Dana Evans? Elizabeth Williams? All there, along with the rest of this powerhouse team.


Beginning with autographs, pics, and meet-and-greets, the day commenced with an impassioned chalk talk with team GM Jeff Pagliocca and the electric Coach T, Teresa Weatherspoon (emceed by our own Adam Shaw). Lunch and more meeting-and-greeting followed. But the pictures --the pictures really say it all!

Thanks, Sky, for a day that will be remembered by every attendee.

HERO GRETCHEN EVANS RELATES HER INSPIRATIONAL STORY

Lunch & Learn with a hero

A full house gathered at Magellan to hear the incomparable Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) Gretchen Evans recount some of the more profound moments of her 27 years serving our country in the US Army, including overseeing more than 30,000 ground troops in Afghanistan. Her heroism earned Gretchen the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the ESPYS, along with the admiration and gratitude of thousands-- including every person gathered in our Board Room for a Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, June 4.

Her sacrifices led to a traumatic brain injury that forced Gretchen's retirement -- from the military, but certainly not from service. In 2019, she founded TeamUNBROKEN, a mixed-ability athletic team, and her astounding accomplishments continue to stack up.

Magellan's own David Twiford, Force Master Chief (Ret.) USN, emceed the event, welcoming our clients, community partners, friends and staff. Magellan is proud to call Gretchen, her husband Captain Robert Evans, CHC, US Navy (Ret.), and guide pooch Rusty, friends.

WEARING YOUR SAILS ON YOUR SLEEVE

Chicago Fire and Magellan announce expanded partnership

On May 3, 2024, the Chicago Fire FC and Magellan announced an expanded multiyear agreement that unveiled Magellan as the Club's Official Jersey Sleeve Sponsor. As part of the expanded agreement, Magellan branding is now featured on the sleeve of the First Team home and away jerseys, and appears across the back of player training tops. Additionally, Magellan has been named the presenting partner of the Club's major fundraising initiatives of the Chicago Fire Foundation.

To celebrate, Magellan and the Chicago Fire gave away four field side seats to the May 4th, 2024 match against the New England Revolution.

As part of the expanded multiyear agreement, Magellan has also been named as presenting partner of the Club’s annual White Party – a stylish event with all proceeds benefitting the Chicago Fire Foundation – along with presenting sponsor of the Foundation’s 50/50 Raffle, held online and in-stadium as part of every Chicago Fire home match. Magellan was previously announced as an Official Partner of Chicago Fire FC, including being named as the presenting sponsor of the Chicago Fire Foundation’s Annual Season Kick-Off Luncheon, and supporting partner of Foundation’s P.L.A.Y.S.(Participate, Learn, Achieve, Youth, Soccer) Program.

The Chicago Fire has stood out as exceptional partners, and Magellan is proud of the alliance.

SOUTHPAW, BENNY THE BULL, AND BILL WENNINGTON TAKE THE STAGE

A professional mascot Lunch & Learn

You might recognize them better with red or green fur .... but on Thursday, May 2, 2024, Magellan employees were able to take a peek beyond the costumes to meet a couple of giants in the professional mascot world -- Barry Anderson (Benny the Bull and Strawberry Pop Tart) and Carrie Norwood (Herky the Hawk of University of Iowa and the White Sox own Southpaw).

Carrie was one of very few women playing a professional mascot and, like Barry, had some tales to tell! From surprising a young fan with autism just before his high school graduation ("Southpaw is my BEST friend!") to walking more than one bride down the aisle, Carrie / Southpaw has played important roles in the lives of diehard sports fans.

Barry Anderson brought his singular, leave-it-all-on-and-OFF-the-court style to Benny, with a propensity toward the outrageous, incredible feats of athleticism (dunking the ball after flipping from a trampoline, for instance), and enviable dance moves. Barry emerged from retirement to play the instant sensation Pop Tart mascot at the Pop Tart Bowl -- garnering $12M in earned media.

The Lunch & Learn was moderated by our good friend Bill Wennington of the Chicago Bulls. The event was capped off with some stadium grub by Portillo's. While it certainly was no ordinary day in the office, every minute was enjoyed by our crew.

BON APPETIT!

Unappetizing facts about cicadas, courtesy of The Field Museum

Cicadas: They're edible.

Just one of the take-aways from our April 23 Lunch & Learn with insect taxonomist & systematist Maureen Turcatel from Chicago's Field Museum. Spring of 2024 will see an historic, loud and -- let's be honest -- kind of gross super emergence of the 13-year and 17-year periodical cicadas in Illinois. Billions of them -- actual billions. It is the first time the two broods emerged together in 221 years (or, if you're wondering, during Thomas Jefferson's presidency).

After the learning was the lunching ... and we're happy to report that cicadas were NOT on the menu (maybe next time, Maureen).

Magellan has supported dozens of nonprofits in Chicagoland over the years, is proud to contribute to the pressing needs of our community and contribute to our rich cultural landscape. We greatly value our partnership with The Field Museum.

TWO GREATS, ONE FANTASTIC LUNCH & LEARN

Joakim Noah & Eddy Curry Visit Magellan

Joakim Noah and Eddy Curry never shared the court while they were Chicago Bulls, but they most definitely held court at Magellan during a Thursday, February 29 (Leap Day!) visit and Lunch & Learn. After an office tour, Joakim and Noah gave a little chalk talk, deftly monitored by Adrienne Scherenzel, VP of Community Engagement for the Chicago Bulls. Eddy Curry was a Chicago Bull from 2001 - 2005, while Joakim played for the Bulls from 2007 - 2016. Both spoke of their love for Chicago, recounted some of their most profound -- and silliest -- moments in pro ball, their favorite coaches, places to play, and most memorable moments as players.

And both are doing some pretty amazing things in their post-pro lives. Eddy Curry spends a lot of time working with pro basketball players on financial literacy, a subject he learned about the hard way, as an 18 year old who skipped college to go directly into the NBA draft.

Joakim Noah co-founded Noah's Arc Foundation with his mother, Swedish former model Cecilia Rodhe. Noah's Arc provides opportunities for kids to become more aware of their ability to make a positive impact on themselves and the community. The Bulls brought along the Championship trophies for some great photo-ops, and everyone left with a little swag, full bellies, and smiles on faces from a terrific afternoon.

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