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Range Effort Generates More Than $100,000 for Food Bank

Nov 25, 2015

Employee volunteers collect food and funds to benefit 2000 Turkeys 

More than 30 employees of Range Resources took to the streets of downtown Washington on Friday, November 20.  The group was there, weathering the cold and winter elements, to raise money for 2000 Turkeys – a special campaign that provides Thanksgiving and holiday season meals to approximately 4,700 Washington County families being served each month by the Greater Washington County Food Bank.

All-in, Range’s effort, which began in the fall, provided more than $100,000 towards the Washington County Food Bank – a total that will result in enough food for nearly 27,000 people. This could not have been accomplished without the generous support of the entire community in Washington County.


 

Range’s senior vice president of the Southern Marcellus Shale Division John Applegath said, “Supporting the communities where we live and work is part of our core values at Range. I think we have some of the most talented and skilled employees anywhere, but they’re also among the most generous and caring, volunteering for important causes throughout the region. And while we support more than 100 local organizations – all of them important – 2000 Turkeys is a special cause for us. I was so impressed to see our employees and our business partners help us feed families this Thanksgiving. But what amazed me the most was the generosity of the Washington County community. We could not have done this without the people of Washington who joined us in this accomplishment. It’s an honor and privilege to live and work here.”

Range employees were joined by the board of 2000 Turkeys – Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay, Canonsburg Mayor Dave Rhome (also of Sam’s Pizza in Canonsburg), Karen Mansfield of the Observer-Reporter in Washington, Pete Povich of WJPA in Washington, and Range’s Matt Pitzarella – carrying collection buckets and enthusiastically engaging motorists and people passing by in locations throughout downtown Washington. Other employees were stationed at a donation center where residents and business partners donated money and non-perishable food items.

“Everyone came out to show their support for the Food Bank and now we’re able to make sure those less-fortunate in Washington County will have a nice Thanksgiving meal. We truly appreciate Range’s efforts,” said Connie Burd executive director of the Greater Washington County Food Bank.

The results exceeded all expectations with checks totaling $28,855 (more than $11,000 from Range vendors), $8,188 in cash (more than $400 donated in change, mostly from children), $737 in credit card donations, and a truck full of non-perishable food items worth nearly $10,000. Donations came from area residents and businesses, as well as Range employees and business partners.

2000 Turkeys“I can’t say enough,” Povich commented of Range’s efforts. “Every year I’m amazed at the generosity of Washington County. But we faced some major challenges this year with a lot of long-time donors either giving less or were unable to give this year – we faced a shortfall – and Range stepped up in a major way. Their employees were so enthusiastic about getting people to donate. They froze their butts off in the cold from sunrise to sundown. Fire Commissioner Solobay wore a turkey costume and Mayor Rhome a pilgrim outfit to generate interest and JPA was on location broadcasting all morning. The Observer-Reporter writes a weekly story that provides the community with updates and we had everything from little kids bring in change that they had saved all year, to Range’s partners bringing big checks. It was a great day and hopefully the first of many, until the need no longer exists.”

Solobay, historically a prolific fundraiser for 2000 Turkeys, was happy to go the extra mile, “Wearing a turkey costume wasn’t something I ever really envisioned doing, but when the Range employees came to the board with this idea, I knew we had to go the extra mile. Hopefully with this year’s success, it’s not the last time I’ll wear that suit that was graciously donated by Costume World along with Dave’s pilgrim outfit. So many companies got involved this year when they learned of the shortfall and even more Washington County residents jumped in and I think exceeded everyone’s expectations to accomplish something special this Thanksgiving.”

Rhome told WJPA that 2000 Turkeys faced a $30,000 shortfall this year – and the entire community rallied behind this challenge. Thanks to these collective efforts, this was one of the most successful years in the history of the program – while the final tally is still being counted, the total is likely around $150,000 for 2000 Turkeys. As Rhome told the Observer-Reporter “Range’s donation was the single largest donation made in the history of 2000 Turkeys.”

2000 Turkeys CollectionThe efforts began earlier this year during Range’s annual community fundraising program that generated more than $75,000 for Washington County charities - $30,000 went directly to the Washington County Food Bank, which can be used for a variety of purposes to assist the agency in fulfilling their mission to provide food for the needy. Another $25,000 went directly to 2000 Turkeys of which 100% of the dollars raised goes directly towards providing food for residents during Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Range contributed an additional $5,000 to match the community total.

As this year’s campaign came to an end, the Observer’s Mansfield said “Range employees made a real difference, cheerfully waving 2000 Turkeys signs and carrying collection cans all day to raise money for families they may not even know, but who can use a helping hand.  They recognize that we’re all in this together.” The board member also indicated “I’m proud to be a part of a community that cares about what happens to our neighbors, and gives generously and enthusiastically every year. I’m equally proud to work for a family-owned business, the Observer Publishing Company that is deeply rooted in the community.”

Range has supported the Greater Washington County Foodbank and 2000 Turkeys by providing nearly $750,000 over the last several years, with about $500,000 directly from Range and another $250,000 from Range vendors and business partners.

Above all else – on behalf of the 2000 Turkeys board and all of Range’s 400 local employees who have volunteered nearly 4,000 hours of community outreach, service and volunteerism this year – thank you Washington County and Happy Holidays.