Root-to-Leaf Tip Program Donation Helps Wee One Foundation Support Superintendents
As part of the turf industry, Syngenta has the opportunity to work with dedicated professionals that jump at the chance to network, learn together and support one another. Recently, as part of the 2014 Root-to-Leaf Tip program, Syngenta, with the help of program participants, was able to donate $20,350 of the program proceeds to the Wee One Foundation, which was created to soften financial burdens of medical hardship and help golf course superintendents and their families pay for overwhelming medical expenses.
David Radaj, CGCS and board member of the Wee One Foundation and Stephanie Schwenke, golf market manager at Syngenta
“Donations like this go directly to struggling families whose lives have been turned upside down by illness,” explains David Radaj, CGCS at Green Acres Country Club in Northbrook, Illinois, and a founding board member of the Wee One Foundation. “Financial burdens cause a lot of worry but we are privileged to be part of an industry that has each other’s back and can help alleviate some of that worry. The families that receive funding from the Wee One Foundation are so appreciative and we receive so many letters expressing what the generosity of the industry means to them.”
Since being founded in 2004, the Wee One Foundation has gifted over $830,000 to more than 50 families in 27 states. However, the need among superintendents is great and continues to grow every year.
“It is our privilege to continue finding ways to help the Wee One Foundation as one of the many initiatives Syngenta has to support superintendents,” shares Stephanie Schwenke, golf market manager at Syngenta. “We are honored to partner with so many turf professionals who participated in the program to share the joy of helping others in need.”
In the coming years, the Wee One Foundation is aiming to establish an endowment to ensure the stability of the organization for many years to come. If you would like to make a contribution, you may donate your GreenTrust™ Reward Points or visit WeeOne.org to learn more about donating or hosting a fundraising event in your area.
For more information about how we support the golf industry, go to GreenCastOnline.com/WeSupportYou.
Take a look at our holiday video with the Wee One Foundation from last year.
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