HANOVER, Pa. – In its continuing effort to provide hope and passion about raising awareness of breast cancer and other female related cancers, Hanover-based snack food producer Utz Quality Foods, Inc. is donating a total of $50,000 to two renowned cancer charities.
The donation will benefit the Breast Cancer Charities of America, a national organization committed to eliminating breast cancer as a life-threatening illness, and Pink Out, Inc., a community charity that provides support and financial assistance to cancer patients.
Utz presented the donation to representatives of the two charities in a ceremony that was held October 9th at the Utz Factory Outlet in Hanover.
To help create meaningful gains in the fight against breast cancer, Utz, in May released a limited-edition bag of its popular regular potato chips, redesigned in support of breast cancer awareness. With the release of the limited-edition pink bag, Utz committed to donating a portion of the sales proceeds to the Pink Out Women’s Cancer Fund and the Breast Cancer Charities of America, so that the organizations could ensure that more financial resources are reaching women and families in need.
Thanks to an overwhelmingly positive response from Utz consumers, the company is able to make a significant contribution to the fight against breast cancer and other forms of cancer.
Among Utz’s many philanthropic and community efforts, the cause of fighting cancer and supporting women in treatment is particularly close to the hearts of Utz Chairman and CEO Mike Rice, and his wife, Jane, a breast cancer survivor since 1990. Recognizing the need for a local support effort for women facing breast cancer, Jane Rice became one of the founders of Pink Out, Inc., in 2007, and remains actively involved with the organization today.
Pictured Left to right is: Dylan Lissette, President & Chief Operating Officer, Utz Quality Foods, Inc., Jo Ann Corriere, Pink Out, Inc., Jane Rice, Pink Out, Inc., and Erica Tullis, Executive Director, The Breast Cancer Charities of America.
“Now, more than ever, much-needed outreach is finding its way to families impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis,” Rice said. “But the work will not be finished until breast cancer is eradicated as a life-threatening illness. Utz is proud to support Pink Out, Inc., and the Breast Cancer Charities of America as we strive to make this goal a reality.”
“As all of us at Utz have witnessed the impact of breast cancer on our families, our employees, our community, and our country as a whole, we knew we wanted to offer a way for people to enjoy our products and provide funding to the worthwhile cause of supporting breast cancer patients and their loved ones,” said Dylan Lissette, President, COO. “Together, we can all make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.”
ABOUT UTZ QUALITY FOODS, INC.
Utz Quality Foods, Inc. a privately-owned and family managed company founded in 1921 and based in Hanover, PA manufacturers and markets snack foods throughout the United States and internationally. The company produces a full line of snack products including potato chips, pretzels, cheese snacks, corn products and popcorn. Utz has four manufacturing facilities in Hanover, with additional facilities in Louisiana, California, Massachusetts, and Wilkes-Barre, PA. Utz products are distributed nationally through grocery, mass-merchant, club stores, convenience stores, drug stores and other channels under the Utz, Bachman, Zapp’s, “Dirty”, Wachusett, Mystic, & California Chips brand names. For information about Utz or its products, visit www.utzsnacks.com or call 1-800-FOR-SNAX.
ABOUT THE PINK OUT WOMEN’S CANCER FUND
Many patients undergoing treatment for women’s cancers face great financial burdens. The Pink Out Women’s Cancer Fund was established in 2007 to provide financial assistance to breast cancer patients. As the Fund has grown, support was expanded to women diagnosed with ovarian, endometrial (uterine) and cervical cancers.
This fund will be used to assist with non-medical daily living expenses such as rent, food and utilities. Included are wigs, prostheses and special garments not covered by insurance but crucial to improving a patient’s self-esteem and recovery.
ABOUT THE BREAST CANCER CHARITIES OF AMERICA
The Breast Cancer Charities of American (BCCA) is a non-profit organization with new global headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas. With over 25 years of experience in the non-profit industry, BCCA is dedicated to helping thousands of women through its Help Now Fund and by funding non-invasive breast cancer research. The Breast Cancer Charities of America exists to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness. BCCA brings together organizations representing all health and social service disciplines in the commitment to establish new and unprecedented levels of effectiveness in research, education, advocacy and support. BCCA is the only non-profit bringing the “integrated cancer care” message to women in America. For more information on The Breast Cancer Charities of America, visit www.iGoPink.org.