Walk & Roll Recap: Steiner Shatters Fundraising Goal

CEI members present check
Members of the Chicago Electrical Industry (CEI) Community Outreach program present a $200,000 check to the American Cancer Society. CEI Members (L-R) are: Steve Witz, Continental Electric; Kevin Feeney, Steiner Electric; Rick Kerman, Steiner Electric; Gary Shamasko, Schneider Electric; and Aaron Hughes, Advanced Electrical Supply Co. At the end is Tucker Dupree, a three-time Paralympic swimmer, 4-time medalist (2 silver, 2 bronze), and a Special Guest at the Walk & Roll event.

To all those who ran, walked and biked, as well as those whose physical contribution equated to reaching into their wallets, congratulations on helping Team Steiner surpass its 2017 goal to raise funds for the American Cancer Society in its annual Walk & Roll event.

Steiner Walk and Roll volunteers (from L-R): Jeff Izenstark, Carol Kerman, Rick Kerman and Adam Kerman.

On April 22, 49 active members of Team Steiner participated during the American Cancer Society’s Walk & Roll event that kicked off at Soldier Field.  Not only did they work up a healthy sweat by walking or running a 5k race, skating in a 10k, or biking a 15k, Team Steiner helped raised $6,571, which is 31% greater than the goal of $5,000 set before the event occurred.

In addition, an online auction of various prizes brought in pledges of more than $10,600. The auction included Cubs vs. Reds baseball tickets donated by Steiner Electric that garnered a $190 winning bid.

In total, Walk & Roll Chicago raised more than $450,000 with donations continuing to come in. According to Samantha Kuderna, community manager, special events for the American Cancer Society,  donations are expected until June 30, “when we most likely will be over $500,000.”

Steiner Electric raised money in conjunction with the Chicago Electrical Industry (CEI). In all, there were 22 teams with 450 participants under the CEI Community Outreach umbrella and more than $110,000 was raised to date. The CEI program, launched in 2011, is comprised of Steiner and more than 20 other distributors, electrical contractors, and manufacturers. Since its inception, the group has raised over $1.5 million for the American Cancer Society.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than one million people get cancer each year. Most of the money raised from this event, and others like it across the country, is funneled directly to research in an effort to gain a better understanding of what causes cancer to form, how to treat it, and, in the end, prevent the myriad of cancers from forming in the first place.

Kuderna added: “Thank you so much for your continued hard work and dedication, it is truly inspiring. The amount of passion Steiner has for our life-saving mission is truly incredible. I am extremely grateful to be able to work with such passionate volunteers like yourself and companies that rally their employees around this critical cause.”

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