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Pratt & Whitney Sites Come Together to Relay for Life

May 11, 2016

West Palm Beach employees Deanna Usiadek, Mike O’Neill and Jennifer Thomas rallied to celebrate their local Relay for Life event. Pratt & Whitney teams raised nearly a quarter of the West Palm Beach donations.
Pratt & Whitney’s Mike O’Neill welcomes the crowd to the Relay for Life event in West Palm Beach, Florida. Pratt & Whitney teams from both events raised a combined total of $32,000 to donate to a great cause.
Members of the Columbus team enjoyed a great day with friends and family. Pratt & Whitney's Columbus team was the top earning Muscogee County Relay for Life team.
Pratt & Whitney employees in Florida and Georgia recently participated in local Relay for Life events to support the American Cancer Society, joining more than 4 million people in more than 20 countries who participate in Relay for Life events annually. 

Florida

Employees from the Pratt & Whitney site in West Palm Beach, Florida, took part in the Relay for Life of Jupiter.  The event, which featured 33 teams and 179 total participants, raised nearly $22,000 for the organization. Pratt & Whitney West Palm Beach Engineering and Operations organizations competed against each other in Relay for Life Coin Wars to raise money for the event. Pratt & Whitney was a presenting sponsor and its teams raised money through individual donations as well as events like bake sales and special potluck lunches. In all, Pratt & Whitney teams raised more than $5,000, nearly one quarter of the total Jupiter event’s donations. 

“We are so proud of the commitment of our employees to this important cause that has touched so many of us,” said Mike O’Neill, development assembly manager, Systems Engineering – Validation, who made remarks on behalf of Pratt & Whitney during the event’s opening ceremony. “Cancer, sadly, is a part of all our lives. Events like Relay for Life help to promote regular health screenings, education and awareness about cancer. It also gives us hope to fight against it by celebrating people who have won the battle against this terrible disease.”

Georgia

During the same weekend, the Pratt & Whitney team from the site in Columbus, Georgia, was the top earning team at the Muscogee County Relay for Life event. The team raised more than $27,000 through numerous events including a Team Bass Fishing Tournament, as well as bake sales, a chili cook-off and t-shirt sales. The entire Muscogee event, which featured 107 teams and 1,597 participants, raised nearly $325,000.

“Events like Relay for Life empower our employees to positively impact their communities ... to get involved with and make a difference for causes and organizations that are near and dear to their hearts,” said Keith Bagley, general manager, Columbus Forge, who also made remarks at the event’s opening ceremony.

Bagley shared a story about his aunt, who eventually lost her battle with cancer. “The effect that it had on her and her family and her friends is not something that I wish on anyone, and that is why the American Cancer Society and its contributions to the community are so important to me,” he said.

“If you’ve never been to a Relay for Life event, I strongly recommend it,” said Peggy Murphy, executive assistant to the Columbus Engine Center’s general manager, who champions numerous community events for employees at the facility.  “It is inspiring to see so many people come together in one place to honor those who have fought and continue to battle this disease.”