(PRESTON, MARYLAND) – During this summer's bible school program, youth members of Faith Fellowship Church in Preston, MD collectively raised $1000.00 in support of Susan G. Komen of Maryland. With only 28 children and teens involved in the week-long bible school program, the kids donated hard earned allowances and raised money and awareness through family and friends.
"We don't focus so much on fundraising, but teach the children to do for others in need," said Sue Dunn, wife of Pastor "Buddy" Dunn and Director of the bible school program. "In the past we have raised money to purchase bicycles and a horse for missionaries, as well as sent money to have wells drilled in several countries. This time, however, we wanted to support a cause much closer to home. Breast cancer has touched so many lives within our own congregation - we felt like this was an opportunity to show our support through Komen Maryland - it's important our children understand they too can make a difference in the lives of others."
The bible school program is part of the church's community outreach. "Faith Fellowship church prides itself on being a small country church, where all are welcome," said Julie McMahan, marketing and public relations manager for Tri Gas & Oil. "We were so pleased that Faith Fellowship wanted to support Komen of Maryland that we offered to bring our pink and white retail delivery truck to their bible school closing program for all of the kids to see. We can only hope that these children inspire others to support such a worthy cause."
Tri Gas & Oil Co., Inc.'s Driven to Find a Cure campaign is an awareness and fundraising initiative with the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For every gallon of propane gas delivered from Tri Gas & Oil's Driven to Find a Cure pink truck, Tri Gas & Oil will donate two cents to support Komen for the Cure. The program is also close to heart for members of the McMahan family, who continue to operate Tri Gas & Oil as a family-owned business. "So many heartfelt conversations have started just by seeing this truck," comments Nash McMahan, Vice President of Business Development with Tri Gas & Oil and third generation in the family run business. "So many people's lives are touched by cancer, and the good work of Komen for the Cure. This is the kind of awareness we are hoping to generate with this campaign."
Susan G. Komen for the Cure (www.komen.org) was established in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, Komen is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local Affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure. "I was amazed to learn how many men and women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year," commented David McMahan, Director of Purchasing for Tri Gas &Oil and youngest of the third generation involved in the family business. McMahan's mother-in-law is also a breast cancer survivor. "The stride's that have been made within the past decade are astonishing, yet goes to show that we can find a cure for this disease."
Find out more about the Driven to Find a Cure campaign by contacting Julie McMahan, Marketing and PR manager with Tri Gas & Oil, at 800-638-7802, or by email at email@example.com.
Participants of Faith Fellowship Church's summer bible school program in Preston, Maryland gather in front of Tri Gas & Oil's "Driven to Find a Cure" propane delivery truck. The group gathered in celebration of collectively raising $1,000 to help find a cure and end breast cancer forever with a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Maryland. The church has supported several international and national causes in the past, but found inspiration this year from Tri Gas & Oil's campaign, which donates money to Komen for Maryland with every propane delivery from the pink and white truck. 28 children and teens participated in the fundraising drive, with the $1,000 donation raised through donated allowances and contributions from family and friends.