31 Oct 05
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation To Honor Outstanding Community Leaders
St. Paul, Minn. (October 31, 2005) – The Minnesota chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CF Foundation) today announced the recipients of its Friend of the Foundation Awards – St. Paul-based Ergodyne Corp. and Paul and Suzy Cossette of Shorewood, Minn. Each year at the Breath of Life Gala, the CF Foundation honors an organization and an individual in the Twin Cities community for their outstanding contributions to the fight against cystic fibrosis (CF).
“Partners like the Cossettes and Ergodyne can make a dramatic impact on an organization,” said Jill Evenocheck, executive director, Minnesota chapter of the CF Foundation. “We are so grateful for their leadership, friendship, energy and significant contributions that bring us closer to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.”
Tom Votel, president and CEO of Ergodyne, a developer of gear for worker safety and productivity, has been a CF Foundation Minnesota chapter board member since 1989. His company created “Be Tenacious” bracelets for the chapter, which are sold worldwide with proceeds benefiting the foundation. Ergodyne and its employees have also sponsored many CF Foundation events for more than a decade, including the 65 Roses Golf Classic, which has raised nearly a million dollars over the past eight years.
Working with the CF Foundation, the Cossettes expanded the Breath of Life Gala to make it a first-class fund-raising event. According to the foundation, the gala is now among one of the top five galas for the CF Foundation nationally as well as a premier fundraising event in the state of Minnesota. The chapter expects to raise nearly $800,000 at this year’s gala. This individual award honoring the Cossettes is named the Angela Warner Friend of the Foundation Award in memory of a 21-year-old Eden Prairie, Minn. CF patient who lost her battle to the disease in 2003.
Sponsored by M. A. Mortenson Company, the 8th annual Breath of Life Gala takes place Saturday,
Nov. 12 at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. The black-tie evening will include a live and silent auction, cocktail reception, dinner and dancing. Presenting sponsors include: Parsons Electric, Wells Fargo, Ergodyne, Design Group and Creek Litho.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a donor-supported, nonprofit organization whose mission is to find therapies – and eventually a cure – for cystic fibrosis, and to improving the quality of life for those with the disease. CF is a genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States. CF affects the lungs and digestive system leading to life threatening infections. About 1,000 new cases of CF are diagnosed each year. More than 80 percent of patients are diagnosed by age three; however, nearly 10 percent of newly diagnosed cases are age 18 or older.
Since 1983, Ergodyne has pioneered the development of products that Make The Workplace A Betterplace™. What started with just one product has grown into a line of top flight, battle-tested, Tenacious Work Gear®; all precision crafted to provide protection, promote prevention and manage the elements for workers on jobsites the world over. The current lineup is extensive and constantly growing: ProFlex® Hand Protection, ProFlex® Knee Pads, ProFlex® Supports, Skullerz® Head Protection, Skullerz® Eye Protection, Trex™ Footwear Accessories, Chill-Its® Cooling Products, N-Ferno® Warming Products, GloWear® Hi-Vis Apparel, Squids® Lanyards, Arsenal® Gear and Tool Storage and SHAX® Portable Work Shelters.