Handi-Crafters has announced that Aaron Muderick – a.k.a. Crazy Aaron, the founder and creator of Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty – is the recipient of the organization’s 2020 Best Friend Award.
The Best Friend Award is given annually to recognize and honor service, commitment, and dedication to Handi-Crafters and its mission.
“Handi-Crafters is very proud to make this special recognition each year,” said Amy Rice, Executive Director of Handi-Crafters. “Our Best Friend Award is very special and gives us the opportunity to highlight incredible partnerships that truly go above and beyond supporting our mission. We couldn’t present this award to a greater champion than Aaron Muderick and Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty.”
Muderick is the man behind the Thinking Putty brand. Thinking Putty is a nontoxic silicone putty that molds, sculpts, stretches, pops, and tears for hours of fun. Crazy Aaron not only contracts packaging services from Handi-Crafters, his company indirectly employs more than 800 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in vocational work centers across the region.
“We have been lucky enough to build our business around individuals with special needs,” said Muderick.
When Crazy Aaron was growing his business in 2002, he recalled days working with individuals with disabilities.
“I noticed that they were the happiest employees at the company,” he said. “They came in to work every day with a smile and a bounce in their step. I wanted to be in a situation where I could build personal relationships with people who would be committed to a common cause.”
To date, Handi-Crafters has packaged millions of tins of Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty, which can be found on retail shelves across the globe.
“Crazy Aaron is a tremendous customer and an advocate for our mission,” said Brian Nagle, President of Handi-Crafters. “He put his trust into our program in 2012, and we have been beyond grateful to be part of his team ever since.”
Handi-Crafters has been featured alongside Muderick in industry publications and on national news highlighting his Norristown-based company.
Handi-Crafters will honor Crazy Aaron with the Best Friend Award on Thursday, April 30 at its Annual Benefit Event, presented by Meridian Bank and Bentley Systems, at the Phoenixville Foundry. Tickets are available online and by contacting 610-384-6990.