The American Cancer Society’s nationwide Corporate Impact Awards were presented today to 16 corporations during the organization’s 96th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. The awards recognize businesses’ and their employees’ financial as well as in-kind contributions of $1 million or more during the past year. These donations were raised to support the fight against cancer through a variety of means, and they represent these corporations’ dedication to the Society’s lifesaving vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
The companies honored for their substantial gifts to the Society were: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP; Best Buy; Curves International; dressbarn inc.; HairUWear; International Business Machines (IBM); Merrill Lynch & Co.; Novartis Corporation; Oracle; PartyLite Gifts, Inc.; Pfizer Inc; The Pampered Chef, LTD; UAL Corporation and United Airlines; Walgreen Co.; Walmart; and WellPoint, Inc.
“Through their generous contributions to the American Cancer Society, these companies and their many employees have demonstrated their commitment to our mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and fighting back against a disease which has taken too much from too many,” said American Cancer Society Chief Executive Officer John R. Seffrin, Ph.D. “During these challenging economic times, the level at which each of these 16 companies has contributed to the cancer fight is extraordinary.”
Initiated in 2006, the Corporate Impact Awards commend companies’ significant financial contribution to the Society, generated through employee workplace giving, corporate philanthropy, in-kind support, cause branding, corporate promotions, event sponsorship and team fundraising.
The awards are presented annually as part of the Society’s Corporate Initiative, a project which creates meaningful, long-term relationships with corporations and employers of all sizes by engaging them in delivery of the Society’s lifesaving mission and support for its numerous programs and services. The American Cancer Society Corporate Initiative helps companies implement scientifically-sound, comprehensive health and wellness programs and provides information and high-quality support for cancer screening and care.
“The Society is extremely grateful to these companies for their investment in enabling the substantial progress that continues to be made against the disease. In engaging the fight against cancer, these compassionate organizations and their like-minded employees are helping to substantially ease the burden on those diagnosed with cancer as well as their families and caregivers,” said George W.P. Atkins, 2009-10 national volunteer chair, American Cancer Society Board of Directors.