Pella Team Walking to Raise Money for Diabetes Research
A group of emloyees from Pella Corp. will be among the participants in an annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk being held in Des Moines, Iowa, on February 16. The Greater Iowa Walk to Cure Diabetes 2013 is often Iowa’s largest single-day fundraiser for a non-profit cause, and among the largest walks per-capita for JDRF across the US, according to JDRF.
“Our Pella Windows & Doors team is proud to have raised more than $2 million for JDRF in 10 years," says Pat Meyer, Pella president and CEO and Greater Corporate Walk chair. "It’s a highly-efficient non-profit organization that puts the bulk of dollars raised directly to research to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes.”
Jim Thomas is one Pella team member whose family is affected by type 1 diabetes.“I am personally committed to JDRF, since my daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes seven years ago,” says Thomas, director of IT operations for the window and door manufacturer. Currently serving on the Greater Iowa JDRF board, Thomas will lead the board as president for a two-year term, starting in July of 2013. “I encourage people to get involved with JDRF, and appreciate all the support both within the Pella team member family and communities around us."
Thomas, Meyer and other Pella team members along with an estimated 6,000 others will walk to raise money for JDRF research.
“The great thing about donating to JDRF is that you are impacting so many people’s lives for the better, especially when you take part in events like the JDRF walk,” Meyer adds. “Personally, I have several friends and team members who live with this disease every day. That’s why the Pella team is dedicated to helping raise money for research, to help find a cure for diabetes.”