January 20, 2019

Big Strides Made

Real Men Wear Pink Day at the Main Office

When camaraderie and creativity are unleashed in pursuit of a noble end, great things happen

Every year when October arrives the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides of Litchfield County launches their high-profile fundraising walk to battle breast cancer. Again this year a team from O&G participated, but employee coordinators, wanting to contribute more, worked together to organize additional fundraisers throughout the month. Their motivation? Create events with appeal to more people than the walk alone and raise even more funds.
Kicking off this year’s drive was a Lunch and Learn where the crowded room heard powerful testimonies from cancer survivors. Friday Dress Downs, a Real Men Wear Pink Day, a paint night at a local art space, a chili cook-off and “Pick-a-Duck” and other raffles opened doors of opportunity for giving and breast cancer awareness.
Graham Kobs is Community Manager of Special Events at the American Cancer Society, in charge of Making Strides in Waterbury and Torrington. “At the core is how remarkable O&G’s community engagement with the folks in the Northwest Corner is,” says Kobs. “I attended the Lunch and Learn kickoff and was moved with how many O&G staff attended and with their enthusiasm. The money raised through all the events they ran and the matching funds is amazing, but what is even more important to us is the impact and relevance of our partnership with O&G. O&G is based in the community and supports the community. They always go above and beyond and it is an honor to partner with them.”
O&G employees raised over $3,100, and with a 1:1 match by the company, more than $6,300 went to the Making Strides mission, the largest donation received from Litchfield County.
To the company’s event organizers the financial contributions were much appreciated, as was the award their contribution earned, but equally important was the increased participation and camaraderie of Making Strides 2016.

 Making Strides organizers and leaders (l to r) Annamae Weigold, Valerie Bohren, Terry Creighton, Graham Kobs and Beth Michalec of the American Cancer Society, and retiree Shirley Durante. Not in photo: Sharon Okraska