Many businesses contribute to Relay for Life fundraiser

Posted 25 May 2016 at 12:00 am


It seems that everywhere you look there is nothing but bad news. The economy is in the tank, politicians are running amok, crime is on the rise and the best advice to the average person is to expect the worse and act accordingly. Keeping your head down and not getting involved is the new norm.

The good news is that this could not be further from the truth – at least from a local (i.e. Western New York) standpoint.

I have been actively involved in fund-raising efforts for the American Cancer Society (specifically the Relay for Life) for over ten years. My employer (BMP America, Inc. in Medina) is supportive of my efforts and not only financially contributes to this cause but allows me to spend some of my working time raising awareness of this great cause and coordinating fund-raisers to support it.

One of the more popular fund-raisers that is hands-down the most anticipated fund-raiser amongst our employees is an annual basket raffle. In order for this activity to be as successful as it has been over the years, the number and variety of donations that I receive from local businesses, employees and their families and friends is crucial (not to mention the purchasing of tickets in the hopes of winning a basket or two.).

This year, we received a record 114 donations from the above sources. Without their continued support of this activity (many donating year after year) this would not have been possible.

In recognition of the unwavering support by these local businesses, I would like to publically thank each and every one of these contributors.

By geographical location (and in alphabetical order), this year’s business donators are as follows:

Medina: Ashlee’s Place; ATB Staffing; Auto Zone; Avanti’s; Bank of Castile; Blissett’s; the Blue Gill Trading Post; The Book Shoppe; The Bread Basket; C&H PC Inc. (The Computer Doctors); Car Quest; Case Nic Cookies; Celebrity Day Spa; Country Club Restaurant; Creekside Floral, Della’s Chocolate; Dunkin Donuts; Evans Ace Hardware; Fast Fitness for Women; Gordon Fisk Inc.; Hartway Motors; Herbalty Cottage; Key Bank; Leonard Oakes Estate Winery; Main Street TV & Appliance Inc.; Main Liquor Store; Mariachi de Oro; Mark’s Pizzeria; McDonalds; Medina Dental Group PC; Medina Lanes; Meggie Molly Moo’s Ice Cream; NAPA Auto Parts; Orleans Ford; Rite Aid; Rosenkrans; Rudy’s Diner; Shear Elegance; Snap Fitness; The Shirt Factory Café; Tops; Tractor Supply Company; Valu Home Center; Vision 2000; YMCA; Zambistro’s.

Middleport: Crosby’s; Darrell’s Place; FMC Corporation; Met Life; Middleport Family Health Center; Middleport Tractor; Premier Designs; Ridge Animal Hospital; Serenity Hair Design; Style Ahead; Village Pizzeria.

Albion: ARC of Orleans County.

Lockport: A. Angelo DiMillo and B. Hutchison (attorneys).

Buffalo: Willis Towers Watson.

BMP vendor: Uline.

I’d like to offer a big “THANK YOU” to all who donated to this year’s basket fund-raiser. These businesses not only are local but are also your neighbors. Please support them throughout the year by buying local – each and every one of them offers great services and/or products.

Carolyn Wagner
Human Resource Safety Manager at BMP