Industry Companies Make Charitable Giving Top Priority

Bethany Stough
December 4, 2016

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Glass Magazine spoke with representatives from three glass industry companies that are raising awareness and funds for charities, and involving customers, employees and tradeshow visitors in the process.

For several years, has raised donations for the Central and South Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen through its "Nice Rack" Campaign to Fight Breast Cancer, and recently reached $50,034. Through the campaign, the company donates a set amount to Susan G. Komen for every glass rack, glass truck and trailer sold. The funds will help provide breast health education and complimentary mammograms.

“We would like to thank our customers for helping us to reach this milestone,” says Rustin Cassway, president of “ is proud to raise funds for an organization whose goal is to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent within the next decade.”

Rustin Cassway, president of, presents donation check to Sally Sheperdson of Susan G. Komen.

Safti First

Since 2011, Safti First has been donating Starlight Fun Center mobile entertainment units to local healthcare facilities. This year, company employees will be donating two units to the Burn Center at the Community Medical Center in Fresno, California. Powered by the Wii U from Nintendo of America, Fun Center units provide the healing power of play to pediatric patients, offering family friendly video games and online accessibility to provide kids and families with distraction, fun and a sense of normalcy.

“With our manufacturing facility located in California’s Central Valley, we have a deep connection with the community. All of us here have either had someone or know someone who has been treated at this hospital,” says Ron Drew, vice president of operations, Safti First, who spearheads the project. “This makes the experience of giving back all the more special.”

Pediatric Community Medical Center patients enjoy a Starlight Fun Center, donated by Safti First.

Andersen Windows

During the 2016 National AIA Convention in Philadelphia, Andersen Windows invited booth visitors to assemble gift boxes of magazines, activity books, puzzles, games, and room decorations for children staying at a local hospital. The project, conducted with Cheeriodicals, built more than 100 “big green boxes of cheer” that were delivered to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Andersen volunteers hand-delivered the boxes to kids in the hospital. Andersen and Cheeriodicals have partnered before and look forward to future opportunities to bring more cheer to children.

Andersen employees and tradeshow attendees help fill Cheeriodicals at AIA in Philadelphia.

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