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Published on 11/27/2012

AWC eUpdate Newsletter November 2012

Charity Week 2012 – Celebrating Family

Charity Week 2012

There’s no better time to celebrate family than around the holidays. This year, our Charity Week is all about family, and spreading hope in honor of all the brave people currently fighting cancer, including one of our own Allied family members, Nikki Lucas.

As you may know, each year, we designate one week in December as “Charity Week,” during which a percentage of all sales is donated to charity. This year, Charity Week will run from December 17th to the 21st.

Although we usually ask our customers to vote for the organization they’d like to see receive our main donation, we are doing things a little differently for Charity Week 2012. This year, we asked Nikki, a sales assistant in our Tampa, FL location, to choose our main charity. She chose the American Cancer Society.

Nikki was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in March, and was told that it had already spread to the lymph nodes on her left side. Although times have been difficult, Nikki is “fighting like a girl,” and says that spreading awareness and helping others is one of the biggest things getting her through.

Her chosen charity, the American Cancer Society, is dedicated to fighting cancer in every way imaginable. The organization works to prevent cancer through education and encouraging healthy lifestyles, promotes screenings for early detection, funds cancer research, provides services and assistance to people battling cancer, and more.

Although the majority of proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society, it will not be the only charity to receive a donation. In keeping with our celebration of family, we want to make sure we recognize the young members of our families…and even the furry ones! The Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, and the ASPCA, which fights animal abuse and strives to ensure healthy, happy lives for all pets, will each receive $1,000 as well.

Please join us in raising money for these great charities. All you have to do is place your order between the 17th and the 21st!

For more information, check out our official 2012 Charity Week flyer.



New Sales Reps in Vegas

Jeff Shelton and Charles Ballesteros

We are happy to welcome two new sales representatives to our Las Vegas branch: Jeff Shelton and Charles Ballesteros.

Jeff joins us after more than three and a half years with JCH Cable, and eleven and a half years serving in the military, as part of the Alaska Air National Guard, US Air Force, and US Army. While at JCH, Jeff worked with a wide range of industries, including the government, mining, wireless, and utilities markets. He looks forward to sharing his experience and product knowledge as part of the Allied Wire & Cable family.

This is Charles’s first time working at a wire and cable distributor, but he has honed his knowledge of communications and security cable as a maintenance and repair technician for telephone, internet, and security systems. Of his move to Allied, he says, "I am very excited to be here in this thriving industry and working with great people. I look forward to building great work relationships, learning all that I can in this dynamic business and growing the company."

Jeff and Charles, we’re happy to have you as part of the Allied family!

Remember, you can learn more about all of our sales reps on our Key People page.



Helping After Hurricane Sandy

Allied Wire Collects Donations for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Through the combined efforts of Allied employees, their friends and families, and our awesome customers, we were able to collect more than 80 boxes of supplies, clothing, and food for Battalion 47 FDNY firefighters and their families, many of whom lost their homes to Superstorm Sandy.

We started collecting items for Hurricane Sandy victims after we received an email from Gary O’Hal, a firefighter with FDNY Battalion 47 in Rockaway, NY. His community was one of those hardest hit by the hurricane, and many of his fellow firefighters and their families lost everything, including their homes, to fire and flooding during the storm. He emailed Allied asking for a donation of 10/3 SOW Cord to connect some of their generators. We were happy to give them the cable they needed, but we wanted to do more.

On the Battalion 47 Hurricane Sandy Relief fundraising site, we found a list of supplies they desperately needed, including food and warm clothing, and started our own collection. Allied employees from across the country contributed, along with their friends, families, and even some of our customers. The response left us in awe, and we are happy to say that we shipped six pallets, loaded with supplies, up to New York.

Allied Wire and Cable also donated $5,000 to various Hurricane Sandy relief organizations in New York and New Jersey, including AmeriCares, the Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, and the Grace Cavalry Church, which is now operating as a relief center and soup kitchen on Long Beach Island.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, to everyone who lent a helping hand with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. We could never have done it without you!

To learn more about the relief efforts, and to see how you can still help the Battalion 47 firefighters and their families, read our blog updates.



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Joke of the Month!


A man in Phoenix calls his son in New York right before the holidays and says, "I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough."

"Pop, what are you talking about?" the son screams.

"We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the father says. "We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her."

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "Like heck they're getting divorced," she shouts, "I'll take care of this."

She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at her father, "You are NOT getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. "Okay," he says, "they're coming out for the holidays and paying their own way."

Source: www.humormatters.com



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