Corporate Partnership Spotlight: Zeller Corporation

Zeller CorporationIn recognition of its 50th anniversary, Zeller Corporation has made a lead commitment to the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center. Zeller’s goal is to raise $50,000 for cancer research through various fundraising efforts which will be matched by the company, making the total commitment $100,000.

“Our commitment is to fund research today that will help those facing a cancer diagnosis have hope for a cure,” said Gary Haseley, CEO of the company. “For us to have research of this high quality in the Rochester community, and to see how it impacts people on a worldwide basis is truly phenomenal.”

While they have set a lofty goal, Haseley believes it is one they will achieve. But, it is not just the CEO making this commitment. Haseley has reached out to his employees, customers, vendors, and business partners. “We have to do this together for it to be successful,” he said.

“Support for cancer research is one of the best ways to give back to the community. Everyone I know has had to deal with some kind of cancer,” said Giuseppe Padellaro, a Zeller engineer. “It is simple - no research…no cure.”

During last holiday season, Zeller employees held a raffle, kicking off a year’s worth of fundraising efforts. With more events and other fundraisers scheduled in the coming months, the excitement about giving back to their community has been contagious. Employees and customers have committed their support to ensure success.

Bettie Burch, a member of the inside sales team, said, “We’re all on board to help be part of the cure. For our employees at Zeller Corporation, “the cure starts here!” she stated, playing on the Wilmot Cancer Center’s slogan.

Funds raised will provide seed grants for promising cancer research initiatives, allowing the best and brightest ideas to receive critical funding necessary to launch competitive research projects.

“We are not in a position to give a million dollars, but this campaign to raise $100,000 will help some of the researchers obtain seed funding which could potentially turn into millions in grant funding and real steps toward better treatments and cures,” said Haseley.

Zeller’s motto “we are committed to your success” focuses on the success of all of its stakeholders, including a strong belief in giving back to the community.

“I have always been proud of what this company does for the community, and how it cares for its employees,” said Padellaro.

“As a cancer survivor, among several at Zeller, I could not be more proud of the company or this amazing initiative. This is an opportunity to ‘pay it forward’,” said Burch. “And, for those whom answers have come too late, it’s our opportunity to honor them and their battles with cancer. “

If you would like more information about our Corporate Donor Program, or about the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, please contact Carrie Donnelly, assistant director of advancement at (585) 273-3176 or email Carolyn.donnelly@rochester.edu.

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