By NR Staff • 

Freelin-Wade presents check, announces new charity

Afterward, employees announced their charity of choice for 2013 will be the See Ya Later Foundation.

In 2004, the Freelin-Wade employees formed a committee to expand community support and employee participation. That has led to the annual focus on one local charity.

At the end of 2012, 100 percent of the staff was involved in volunteer work.

Some of the events, such as a sirloin steak lunch, ice cream socials and the annual Civil War chili cook-off, are open to the public. All proceeds go to the designated nonprofit.

The Willamette Valley Cancer Foundation was established in 2002 to help cancer patients in Yamhill, Tillamook and Lincoln counties. It assists patients by providing grant assistance to help ease the financial burden while they are undergoing treatment, allowing patients to focus on getting healthy and adapting to change. 

In selecting the new charity for the year, Force chair Emma Martin said, “We are looking forward to working with the foundation and hope to raise awareness in the community.”

See Ya Later is a nonprofit that began out of the inspiration left by 12-year-old Scott Banke, who died of cancer. It hosts a variety of day camps, sponsors several college scolarships and provides support to families struggling with a medical crisis.

Banke combined courage with a zest for life. That created the vision for the foundation — “Inspiring Youth, Encouraging Families.”

Freelin-Wade is the largest independent manufacturer of plastic tubing and hoses in North America. It was founded in McMinnville and now employs more than 100 at a manufacturing facility in McMinnville’s Industrial Park. In 2012, the company was awarded the Governor’s Outstanding Business Volunteer Program Award.

Events to raise money for See Ya Later will take place at Freelin-Wade throughout the year. For more information, visit 

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