EASTON, Pa., Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A global leader in pipe joining solutions, Victaulic is engaged in joining and bettering the communities where employees live and work, especially the Lehigh Valley.
The organization's philanthropic support of the American Cancer Society (ACS) began in 1948, when Victaulic's U.S. co-founder Frederick H. Bedford Jr. organized a global fundraising campaign for the cancer charity. His whirlwind flight tour spanned four continents in 100 days, traveling 47,000 miles collecting travel stamped Air-Letters to raise donations for the cause.
Nearly seventy decades later, two Victaulic executives continue this tradition. Executive Vice President and CFO Joe Savage, and Saleem Saab, International Legal and General Counsel - joined 10 other local men in the ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer's Real Men Wear Pink of Lehigh Valley campaign, which raised a total of $93,000. On Monday, November 21, ACS visited Victaulic to thank the company for its contribution to this campaign.
"We should not rest until a cure for breast cancer is found," commented Joe. "I, like most, know far too many families that have been impacted by this disease. This is why Saleem and I committed to raising awareness and funds for the Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer efforts, so that we can make a tangible difference in the fight against breast cancer."
Victaulic employees from around the globe supported Joe and Saleem in the Real Men campaign. Throughout October, events were held at Victaulic facilities across continents, with pink days in North Carolina, Mexico, India, Canada, China and Belgium. Other Victaulic fundraising and awareness events included bake sales, pancake breakfasts and presentations on cancer prevention by medical experts. Local Victaulic employees joined Joe and Saleem for the guest bartender event at The Hamilton Kitchen & Bar, Bling Your Bra auction at Best Western Lehigh Valley and the Making Strides 5K on October 22nd in Bethlehem.
"The American Cancer Society thanks Victaulic and its leadership for rallying around our mission through their fundraising and education efforts," said Brant Woodward, American Cancer Society East Central Division Senior Vice President. "Victaulic's enthusiasm and creativity are shining examples of how both individuals and companies can join in the fight against cancer."
Since 2012, the Easton-based manufacturer has also participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Easton event and ranks number one for the largest team and in the top five fundraising teams out of more than 340 Lehigh Valley teams.
Victaulic is already gearing up for the 2017 Relay For Life of Easton event on June 9-10 at Easton Area High School. Several fundraisers kicked off last month and in early 2017, teams will form to organize a basket raffle, casual day, dunk tank event and Relay tent theme and décor.
Victaulic, the leading global manufacturer of pipe joining solutions, aims to be a good neighbor in every community where we live and work. Victaulic is committed to and actively engaged in the betterment of the global communities where we do business through both volunteerism and charitable giving
Since 1919, Victaulic has been the originator and world's leading producer of mechanical pipe joining solutions. Used in the most demanding markets, Victaulic innovative piping technologies and services put people to work faster while increasing safety, ensuring reliability and maximizing efficiency. The company has 13 manufacturing facilities and 30 branches worldwide with 3,600 employees who speak 43 languages across the globe. With over 1900 patents, Victaulic solutions are at work in more than 120 countries across diverse business lines including oil, gas and chemical, mining, power generation, water and wastewater treatment, military and marine, as well as commercial building and fire protection. For more information visit www.victaulic.com.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 23 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. We're finding cures as the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.