TQL Sets Record With Sixth Annual Loads For A Cure

Employees In Pink Shirts Smiling With A Giant Check

Total Quality Logistics’ sixth annual Loads for a Cure campaign set a record in 2016. The freight brokerage firm moved a company-best 29,187 loads between Oct. 17 and 23.
Vice President Gary Carr presented the American Cancer Society with a check in that amount during a ceremony Oct. 28 at TQL.
“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.”
TQL and its employees have donated a total of $207,349 to breast cancer-fighting causes since 2010.
“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.”

Further south, Team Atlanta broker Tamika H. led an impressive Making Strides charge in her office. With an aunt who survived breast cancer, the cause is important to her.

“My aunt and I are very close, so I’ve seen the effects of breast cancer,” she said. “When they asked if anybody would take it over here, I said sure. It’s been great to help get people involved and to raise money.”

Team Atlanta cruised past its fundraising goal of $750 and gave $1,000 to the cause. Part of the money came from an office-wide chili cook-off Oct. 24. Trainee Michael P. won the competition with his first-ever batch of homemade chili - one he admitted he botched.

“I used my mom’s recipe,” he said. “Honestly, it was supposed to be a spicy chili, but I messed up and used cinnamon instead of cumin, which gave it a sweet taste I think gave me the edge.”

The Atlanta Making Strides walk is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29. Tamika said a dozen people plan to participate and she is hopeful a few more may still join them.

Back at headquarters, Gary was also an active fundraiser on a personal level. He participated in Cincinnati’s first Real Men Wear Pink campaign and brought in $11,209 of the $101,694 total raised by the event

He has a personal connection to the cause. A cancer survivor himself, Gary lost his sister – former TQL employee Vicki Bausch – to breast cancer in February of 2015.

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 struggle to end cancer.
TQL and its employees worked with more than 140 different charitable organizations in 2015. Learn more about how we help the cities where we live and work at TQL Cares, the company’s employee-driven community service initiative.

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