Koppers Maintains Legacy of Support for National Health-Related Charities
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western Pennsylvania – Koppers CEO Leroy Ball serves on the board of this non-profit organization, which is dedicated to supporting blood cancer research and providing cancer patients and their families with direction and support in dealing with their diagnoses. Leroy chaired the annual “Light the Night” walk in Pittsburgh in 2016, in which Team Koppers fielded 71 walkers, including employees, family members and friends, helping to raise more than $68,000 in donations, including a corporate contribution. Koppers employees in Madison, WI, Griffin, GA, and St. Louis, MO responded to his appeal to take part in their local walks, as well.
American Heart Association – Team Koppers raised more than $41,000 for this organization, including supporting its annual Heart Ball gala and Heart Walk. Koppers General Counsel Steve Lacy serves on the board of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter.
National Kidney Foundation (NKF) – Koppers takes part in this organization’s Kidney Gift of Life event, as well as the NKF Golf Classic, to help raise funds in support of its vital research into kidney disease. Koppers Senior Vice President, Global Carbon Materials and Chemicals Jim Sullivan serves as a board member for the Western PA chapter.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Koppers supports the yearly JDRF Promise Gala and Tee Up golf outing. Joe Dowd, executive for Koppers Safety, Health and Environmental programs, serves on the Western Pennsylvania chapter’s board.
Pittsburgh Pirates Sponsorship – Koppers also supports the four health-related organizations mentioned above through a sponsorship with the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball. Every time a Pirates pitcher strikes out an opposing batter during a home game, Koppers donates $100 to one of the four charities, which rotate by month. During the 2016 baseball season, Koppers made more than $103,000 in donations to help improve the health and wellness of individuals and families.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – Koppers fields a team of runners in the annual Race for the Cure, supporting research, screening, treatment, and education regarding breast cancer.
Holiday Season Activities
- Koppers volunteers from Galesburg and Pittsburgh participated as holiday bell-ringers in The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, which raises funds to provide food, toys and clothing to more than 6 million people during the Christmas season, and more than 34 million Americans nationwide each year.
- At Stickney, two large donation boxes for the U.S. Marine Corps’ “Toys for Tots” campaign were brought into the Stickney plant and filled by employee donations.
- Employees in Nyborg, Denmark, visited “Strandvaenget,” a center for those seeking political asylum, to help with holiday decorating.
- The Mayfield facility assembled Christmas packages for seafarers visiting the Port of Mayfield during the holidays.
- And in Ashcroft, employees teamed again with the Area Community Resource Society to put together Christmas Hampers of food for families in need during the holiday season.