Since 1990, the Tom Lange Charitable Foundation has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide access to health care, grant wishes, ensure hot meals and facilitate education for children in need.
“We operate in many cities and in many different countries around the world,” Mike Smith, executive vice-president, said in a Nov. 18 press release. “It is our responsibility and privilege to give back to these communities and to the organizations whose goal is to have a positive impact on the lives of children.”
The firm’s largest fundraising effort is an annual charity golf tournament that raises money to benefit children’s charities in the host city. The 2011 event was held in Toronto and raised more than $30,000 for NOAH Canada and the SickKids Foundation.
NOAH is a South African-based non-governmental organization with the goal of helping children of South Africa who have been orphaned by AIDS. The SickKids Foundation is recognized as one the world’s foremost pediatric health-care institution and is Canada’s leading center dedicated to advancing children’s health.
To further the goal of giving back to the communities where Tom Lange operates, the foundation has helped families by supplying fruit for food baskets to be distributed throughout the central Illinois area.
This fall, the foundation added an additional fundraising event by supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month through participation in a local Springfield, IL, fundraiser. “With Breast Cancer Awareness experiencing increased presence and support in the produce industry, we felt it was our obligation to back a cause which has touched so many of our own lives,” said Becky Wilson, assistant vice-president, said in the release. “We helped raise over $10,000, which was donated to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.”
In addition to the local campaign, the Tom Lange Co. supported the Produce for Pink campaign at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit event by collecting donations at its booth.