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Alexandria Industries Named Top Relay for Life Fundraising Team in Minnesota

Friday, August 17, 2018  
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Amid many large, global and Fortune 500 companies located in Minnesota, the employees of innovative contract manufacturer Alexandria Industries out-raised them all.

Named the 2017 Top Fundraising Team in the state of Minnesota, company employees drove all fundraising efforts, reaching out to the surrounding community, family and friends, and raising nearly $52,000 in 2017 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. The employee-run team also is the second largest fundraiser among all teams in the country.

Event organizers presented the award to the company’s employees during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Douglas County annual celebration held in July in Alexandria.

Alexandria Industries is a member of the MPMA. The company's employees hosted many fundraising events for Relay For Life, including their annual Fishing For the Cure Ice Fishing Challenge held every year on the third weekend in February. Due to massive community of support, the 2018 fishing tournament raised $57,500. Employees also raised the remaining funds through lunch fundraisers, bingo nights, jeans days, and other efforts.

Alexandria Industries employees are on track to be the top fundraising team for 2018, having raised more than $80,000 in less than six months.

“It is inspirational to see people from all parts of our community support Relay For Life and help save lives from cancer,” said Sherri Maanum, senior community development manager for the American Cancer Society, Inc. “We celebrated individuals who are surviving cancer and remembered loved ones we lost. Many people in our community are taking tangible action to make a difference for those who are fighting this deadly disease.”

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Washington in 1985, the Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to save lives from cancer. Uniting communities across the globe, Relay For Life celebrates cancer survivors, those who continue their cancer fight, and those we have lost. During Relay For Life events, members of each team take turns walking or running around the track or path. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event.