Apr 26, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Susan Ashline
April 25, 2013 OFFICE: 585-271-0805 (X70344)
Staff and Clients of Batavia Company Step up for Boss’ Wife
Batavia, NY – At one Batavia insurance agency, when spring rolls around, it’s Team Lawley all the way. Staff throws donations into a hat to win vacation days from work, and clients of Lawley Genesee Insurance Agency open their wallets, too, in support of the agency’s managing partner, Bill Fritts. Fritts’ wife, Theresa, has multiple sclerosis, and each spring for the past five years, just about everyone in the office has participated in Walk MS Batavia, a fundraiser for the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter.
“Theresa is a very nice person, and it just seemed like a great thing to get involved with once we learned she had MS,” said Marissa Weaver, an account manager at the company.
Money raised through Walk MS goes to research to find a cure for the often disabling disease of the central nervous system that affects more than 100 people in Genesee County. Funds also support programs and services for more than 12,800 people living with MS in Upstate New York and their families. This year, Walk MS Batavia is on Sunday, May 5, at Dwyer Stadium starting at 10 a.m.
“Our office enjoys participating in fundraisers and events in the community, so it just seemed natural to want to get involved where it meant something to someone we know, “ said Weaver, who is captain of Team Lawley, which raised $1,500 last year. One unique fundraiser they devised is an office raffle – a dollar a ticket – and the winner gets paid time off from work.
“People in the community think it’s great,” said Weaver. “Our company has several core values and one is community involvement. We are trying to come up with more creative ideas how to fundraise that might be out of the office and more in the community.”
The staff puts together baskets to raffle off, that include a mix of lottery tickets and gift cards, and clients generously pitch in to win.
The staff’s leader, Fritts, will be among the team’s 20 members walking this year.
“It’s fun to get out of the office and together with coworkers,” said Weaver, “especially for an event like Walk MS. It’s most enjoyable on a nice weather day, but we walk through rain or shine.”
And Weaver says Fritts is grateful the whole office has come on board in honor of his wife, supporting her through good weather and bad.
What: Walk MS Batavia
Where: Dwyer Stadium, 299 Bank Street 14020
When: Sunday, May 5; registration 9 a.m.; walk starts 10 a.m.
How: Participants can register on site the day of the event, or online at walkMSupsateny.org.
For more information, contact Susan Ashline, Communications Manager, 585-271-0805 (x70344), Susan.Ashline@nmss.org.
About multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter: Multiple sclerosis, an often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed. The rate of diagnosis in Upstate New York is about double the national average. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide and more than 12,800 people in the 50-county region served by the Upstate New York Chapter. For more information, visit www.MSupstateny.org.