Boots USA Retail, headquartered in Norwalk, made tracks for the first time at this years’ Relay For Life by signing on as a National Corporate Team Partner with the American Cancer Society.
More than 20 teams of staff/families from Boots USA Retail across the country have raised more than $60,000 to support the society. Here in Fairfield County, the Norwalk headquarters team celebrated the title as “number one fundraising team” for the Relay For Life of Wilton, raising nearly $20,000 at the May 29th event.
Relay For Life of Wilton event chairs Sara Augenbraun and Mary Ann Lutz received the check from Andy Parkin, Boots director of finance and Jac Coble, VP of Sales and Operation for Boots Retail USA. Jac has been a cancer caregiver and shared her personal journey of strength and support and the importance of Relay For Life during the Wilton opening ceremony.
The team joined with more than 500 local residents, setting up campsites at Wilton High School field, taking turns walking or running around the track. Cancer survivors and caregivers took a celebratory first lap to start.
“It was very inspirational to see people from all parts of the lower Fairfield County community fight back against cancer,” said Patrice Lestrange, communications director for the American Cancer Society. “Together, we celebrated those surviving cancer, remembered loved ones lost too soon, and took action to finish the fight once and for all.”
National Corporate Team Program
Relay For Life National Corporate Team Program is designed to recognize, support, and further develop volunteerism and philanthropy in the corporate and health systems community through involvement in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life initiative nationwide. “This program is an unparalleled opportunity to engage a company’s customers, employees, and communities in the fight against cancer, while showcasing the company’s social responsibility both nationwide and in local communities” added Nielsen.
It’s not too late to join Relay, as events are held throughout Connecticut in June and in September. All area cancer survivors are invited to the free reception and survivor lap; and the general public is welcome to come see what Relay is all about.
Upcoming events in Connecticut include:
- Bethel – June 12
- Bristol – June 6
- Cheshire – June 13
- Fairfield - June 6
- Greenwich – June 12
- Haddam/Killingsworth – June 20
- Hamden/North Haven – June 13
- Manchester – June 5
- Naugatuck Valley – June 13
- North Central CT – June 6
- New Fairfield – June 6
- New London County Seashore – June 27
- New Milford – June 27
- Newtown – June 13
- Northwest Hills – June 13
- Plainville – June 6
- South Windsor/Rockville – June 5
- Norwich – June 6
- Stratford – June 20
- Thomaston – June 6
- Waterbury – June 6
- West Hartford – June 13
- Ridgefield – September 19