PGEC Recieves Silver Award
PRINCE GEORGE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE RECEIVES SILVER SPONSOR AWARD
In May 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, ultimately raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight the nation’s biggest health concern – cancer. A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. Since those first steps, the Relay For Life movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising nearly $5 billion to fight cancer.
Prince George Electric Cooperative (PGEC) has been a corporate sponsor of the Sussex County Relay for Life since the first relay was held. Executive Assistant, Jill McKenzie, was chairman of the first relay in Sussex County. “It is unusual to meet someone whose life has not been touched by cancer,” she said. “Our goal was to raise awareness as well as funds for research and other resources needed by cancer survivors.” McKenzie has continued to captain the PGEC Purple Power Team since the first year.
“Cooperatives are guided by 7 principles,” stated PGEC President and CEO Dale Bradshaw. “The 7th principle is ‘Concern for Community’. We demonstrate that by supporting numerous programs, events and services within our distribution area. Supporting Sussex County’s Relay for Life event over the years has been an honor for the cooperative’s directors and employees.”
Brenda Raiford, chairman of the 2014 Relay for Life of Sussex Committee presents the “Prince George Electric Cooperative Silver Sponsor” award to McKenzie and Bradshaw in September at cooperative headquarters. Raiford expressed her gratitude to PGEC, “The relay committee is so fortunate to have a corporate team and sponsor like PGEC that not only contributes with fundraising but also with in-kind donations.”