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Total Quality Logistics’ sixth annual Loads for a Cure campaign set a record in 2016. The freight brokerage firm moved a company-record 29,187 loads between Oct. 17 and 23.
TQL Vice President Gary Carr presented the American Cancer Society with a check for $29,187 during a ceremony today at TQL. (See video here.)
“I am really proud of this company and we are really proud of this program,” Carr said. “Thank you to all to our employees who booked the loads, to our customers for giving us the loads and our carriers who haul the loads. Our Loads for a Cure week was the best in TQL history and that means a lot.”
In addition to setting a company record, the 2016 effort marked a 23 percent increase from last year’s campaign.
“It’s really been great to see the force that TQL has been here and around the country in the fight against breast cancer,” said Jen Gruber, American Cancer Society account manager for corporate relations. “You’re helping us fund life-saving research and helping people on their cancer journey.”
Since 2010, TQL and its employees have donated a total of $207,349 to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer initiatives.
Loads for a Cure is one of two companywide donation events based on TQL’s core business – moving freight.
The other – Hauls for Heroes – set what was then a TQL single-week record in May for most loads moved and provided a $27,029 donation to charities supporting military members, veterans and their families.
In addition to Loads for a Cure, TQL spent October shining a literal light on the fight against breast cancer, lighting corporate headquarters in pink every night to remind thousands of passers-by on I-275 of the fight to end cancer.
Carr was actively fundraising on a personal level this month, participating in Cincinnati’s first Real Men Wear Pink campaign. He was the second-best fundraiser, bringing in $11,209 of the $101,694 raised by the event.
He has a personal connection to the cause. A cancer survivor himself, Carr lost his sister – former TQL employee Vicki Bausch – to breast cancer in February of 2015.
“This is a stand for some of the community leaders to show we’re with the women – and men; there are male breast cancer survivors doing this, too – out there fighting,” Carr said. “It’s also for men to go out and represent the women in their lives – mothers, wives, sisters, aunts, daughters, friends, co-workers.”
For more on TQL’s philanthropic efforts, please click here.