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ITW Food Equipment Group
Helps in the Fight to End Cancer

ITW’s support for the American Cancer Society (ACS) began in 1955, with a donation of $150. At ITW Food Equipment Group (FEG) in Troy, OH, involvement began about ten years ago, with a handful of employees who raised about $1,000 for the ACS. Today, FEG is a strong fundraising force for the organization. In 2011, 30 employees participated in the ACS’ Relay for Life event, which raises funds for a range of critical cancer patient support services and survivor scholarships. The race also gives survivors and their family members a place to join others passionate about ending cancer.

Combined with onsite fundraisers such as raffles, lunches and outings, FEG employees raised $14,000 for ACS in 2011. These donations are given a boost by ITW’s generous three-for-one matching gift program, but are largely driven by employees’ efforts. For example, FEG also offers $25 stars in honor or memory of a loved one lost to cancer. The stars are displayed in FEG’s lobby and the Relay for Life tent a vivid testament to the company’s compassion and initiative. Employees at North American ITW businesses like FEG contributed over $72,000, and the ITW Foundation matched at approximately $229,000, for a total contribution topping $300,000. ITW CEO David Speer and his wife Barbara also served as co-chairs of the 2011 American Cancer Society Discovery Ball.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Peggy Smith, Debbie Weikert, Dawn Vanover, Kathy Agenbroad (chairperson), Tracie Kimrey, Jeff Taylor

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