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Safety 2013: Foundation Events & Results

The Foundation raised nearly $150,000 from individuals, chapters, and corporations in just four days. We’re grateful that so many people understand the value of investing in the future of safety, and we look forward to accomplishing so many things with these gifts and presenting them to you at Safety 2014 in Orlando.

On Monday more than 100 golfers met at scenic Badlands Golf Club, where our sponsors and golfers collected $19,000 for the Safety Matters Fund.

At the House of Delegates meeting on Sunday afternoon, Board of Trustees Chair Fay Feeney presented the State of the Foundation. Feeney discussed the past year’s successes, including new additions to the Foundation slate at Safety 2013: the Family Scholarship Fund, the Next Generation Board, and the mobile auction. She closed with, “We had an extraordinarily innovative and productive year, adding new programs and improving old ones. We are doing all of this with you for the future of safety. When you partner with us, you are moving the profession forward and making tomorrow better.”

In response, dozens of individuals and chapter representatives stood up and pledged their support to the Foundation. In a matter of minutes, the Foundation collected more than $120,000 for the Safety Matters Fund and the 2014 Scholarship and Grant Program.

At the same meeting, ASSE President Rick Pollock presented Foundation Mary Goranson with the President’s Award. Calling her “the guiding light”, Pollock singled Mary out for her dedication and the tremendous strides the Foundation has made under her leadership. Congratulations Mary!

On Tuesday morning, former Assistant Secretary of Labor John Henshaw and Foundation spokesman “wasn’t about to be upstaged by Elvis,” according to EHS Today. Henshaw announced the Foundation’s most touching program yet, the Family Scholarship Fund. The Family Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships for the families of workers who have died in workplace incidents.

For Foundation Trustees and staff, one of the best nights of the year is our annual donor reception. It’s an opportunity for us to thank you for your generosity, support, and commitment to the future of the profession. Board of Trustees Chair Fay Feeney welcomed our guests and thanked all for doing their part to help the Foundation achieve its best year ever for fundraising, with more than $700,000 in donations.

The Silent Auction closed on Wednesday at 12 noon. Previously a paper auction, this year’s auction was mobile, enabling bidders to participate from anywhere. Our generous donors gave more than 70 items, and we raised almost $9,000.

Thank you again to everyone who attended Foundation events at Safety 2013 in Las Vegas! It is such a pleasure to spend time with our Foundation community of donors and beneficiaries, many of whom we now call friends. We look forward to seeing you next year in Orlando!