2017 ACA annual award reception
Two local charitable organizations and two local chapters of national organizations received checks of $1,000 each during the Argonne Combined Appeal (ACA) award reception on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Interim Laboratory Director Paul Kearns presented donations to Paul McDermott, representing St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Ron Mason from New Foundation of Hope, Stephanie Somers from the Scleroderma Foundation and Mike Tellerino and Reggie Lattuca of K9s for Veterans.
ACA Co-Chairs Christina L. Hanks (HR) and Sheila Y. Trznadel (XSD) gave the welcome and opening remarks. ACA board members on hand included Norm Rendon (PSC), Carol Spencer (FMS), Michael Shields (OCF), Vanessa Mendez (CLS) and Barb Hall (MSD).
Each of the organizations receiving the award was recommended by an Argonne employee.
The organizations receiving the donations are:
St. Baldrick’s Foundation, recommended by Vanessa Mendez (CLS)
Every grant funded by St. Baldrick’s Foundation is for childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick’s funds the most promising research such as high-impact clinical trials for rare disease types, collaborative research projects, training of new researchers, and supporting quality of life research for patients and survivors.
New Foundation of Hope, Chicago, recommended by Angeli Tompkins (GSS) and Guenter Conzelmann (ES)
The mission of New Foundation of Hope is to provide safe alternative for youth between the ages of 7 to 18 years while bridging the gap between the end of the school day and the end of the workday for parents.
Scleroderma Foundation, recommended by Keith Bradley (NWM)
Scleroderma is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases. Our primary goal is to raise funds for our three-fold mission of support, education and research.
K9s for Veterans, Chicago, recommended by William Burns (FMS)
The mission of K9s for Veterans is to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder transition back to civilian life with the help of trained service dogs. The lifesaving efforts of K9s for Veterans are doubled by the exclusive use of rescue dogs from kill shelters to train as service dogs for our veterans. This approach truly epitomizes the question of “who rescued who.”
Photo credit: Mark Lopez (CPA)
Top photo: Back row: Paul Kearns, Guenter Conzelmann, Christina Hanks, William Burns, Norm Rendon; Middle row: Carol Spencer, Paul McDermott, Sheila Trznadel, Michael Shields, Stephanie Somers; Front row: Vanessa Mendez, Angeli Tompkins, Barb Hall, Mike Tellerino, Reggie Lattuca, Ron Mason