Community service is one of the main pillars that makes Cripe what it is. There is an expectation, from senior leadership to interns, that everyone should serve the communities we build. It’s very important to “walk the talk” at Cripe. Recently, you may have seen our community service highlights on the website and social media featuring just a few of our employees who are making huge impacts and practicing servant leadership.
It would be remiss of us not to highlight the woman who made community service at Cripe what it is today. Ila Badger was so influential in her community and at Cripe during her time employed with us, that we named our community service award after her.
Ila was Cripe’s event planner when she worked with us and she also acted as an informal Cripe ambassador. Anyone who walked into our office during her tenure was greeted warmly and with a smile (and often with a homemade sweet treat). She was known to walk into the most important of meetings, without knocking, to hand out her delicious baked goods. Even those she had just met caught her contagious energy and enthusiasm for life.
She wasn’t only known for her treats, though her ice cream soda cart “Ila Cart,” a pun on a la cart, was certainly a welcome sight on any given afternoon at Cripe. Ila has recently been called a “force of nature” by those who knew her and worked closely with her.
The Cripe community service award is named after her because she was dedicated to Carmel where she lived. She and her husband, Jack, were consummate volunteers in their community, very involved with the Carmel United Methodist Church, and Ila sat on the Plan Commission for Carmel. Later in her life, Ila has gone on to volunteer at the Palladium in Carmel as a greeter and seater.
While serving on the Carmel Plan Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals, Ila met our CEO and Chairman, Al Oak, who was then an engineer performing zoning cases in Carmel.
It was after that when Ila began working at Cripe.