LOS ANGELES (December 6, 2011) - It takes corporate support to Conquer Kids' Cancer! The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is excited to recognize NetApp as the first St. Baldrick's corporate sponsor to raise $1 million in a single year. This milestone has helped the Foundation award more than $21 million in new grants to fund lifesaving childhood cancer research.
2011 marked the second consecutive year that NetApp was the top St. Baldrick's corporate fundraising team. In all, the NetApp effort yielded more than 350 shavees with events held in 19 offices around the world. NetApp's spirit of volunteerism is evident through efforts to extend its fundraising campaign to family members and other technology partners and resulted in helping St. Baldrick's raise more than $27.9 million, host more than 1,000 events and recruit more than 45,000 shavees in 2011.
NetApp has a vision to build a model company and deliver the best possible results for the communities it serves by living a set of core values. NetApp's work with organizations like St. Baldrick's is an example of these core values and exemplifies the company's culture of giving and commitment to philanthropy.
"Many NetApp employees are proud to support the St. Baldrick's Foundation and be a part of an amazing cause that raises money for childhood cancer research," said Rob Salmon, executive vice president of Field Operations for NetApp. "It began as an event in our New York office, but has spread throughout the company and is now an annual tradition. NetApp has a truly unique corporate culture, and the overwhelming support and dedication that employees around the world devote to this great cause are a perfect example of that."
NetApp's involvement with St. Baldrick's started five years ago, when New York employees Bill Hogan, NetApp's executive sponsor for St. Baldrick's, and Joey Santamorena were first introduced to the Foundation and organized their first St. Baldrick's signature head-shaving event, raising nearly $150,000. Since then, NetApp employees have embraced the grassroots spirit and continue to build on their fundraising success.
"It is heartwarming to see how the NetApp family has embraced our mission to Conquer Kids' Cancer by making it part of their corporate culture," says Kathleen Ruddy, executive director for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. "We are thrilled by the amount of compassion and effort that have resulted in this tremendous milestone on behalf of kids with cancer. With partners like NetApp, even greater progress will be possible in 2012 and the years to follow."
From company team challenges to individuals raising the fundraising bar at the workplace, the Foundation is proud to have the support of numerous dedicated companies around the world. Everyone can do their part to support St. Baldrick's! To locate or organize an event in your community, sign-up to shave, donate or volunteer, visit www.StBaldricks.org. You can also become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, join our letsCONQUER movement and visit the Foundation's YouTube and Vimeo channels.
About St. Baldrick's
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. The Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. St. Baldrick's funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, a child's best hope for a cure. Since the Foundation's first grants as an independent charity in 2005, St. Baldrick's has funded more than $77 million in childhood cancer research. For more information about the St. Baldrick's Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.
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