Fighting Cancer Isn’t Pie in the Sky for “Pink Pie in the Face” Fundraiser
Six faces full of pink whipped cream added up to a more than $30,000 donation to further the cancer research at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. The Lynch Companies of Waucoma, Iowa, and the company’s October 2018 breast cancer fundraising effort led to this donation — a gift to one and all.
Gary Lynch, owner of The Lynch Companies, and Jason Golly, CEO of The Lynch Companies, presented a check for $33,474 to Dr. Zigang Dong, executive director of The Hormel Institute. The cancer institute is considered a leading world center for cancer prevention and control research, based on its publishing and grant records.
Lynch, a prostate cancer survivor, and Golly, who is Lynch’s son-in-law and whose mother lost her battle with breast cancer, competed to raise money with the winner getting the honor of smashing the other with a pink whipped cream pie. Four other The Lynch Companies employees joined in the friendly completion. In the end, although Golly raised more money, Lynch promised to match all donations through the Lynch Family Foundation — but only if Golly would take a pie to the face as well.
“It was all in good fun, and we’re just happy that the rivalry sparked a lot of interest in the community donating to such a great cause,” said Lynch.
Gold Standard Farms, a division of The Lynch Companies, supplies raised without antibiotics and animal-welfare certified pork to Applegate, a member of the Hormel Foods family of companies.
“Truly, cancer is a disease that affects us all and through amazing efforts such as these, we can accelerate answers to cancer the only way possible — through research,” said Dong, under whose leadership The Hormel Institute has tripled in size in 2008 and again doubled in size in 2016.
“This is an investment in research so people can live longer, healthier lives and where the threat of cancer is diminished,” Dong continued. “We thank all of our new friends at Lynch Livestock for joining us on the front lines. Our entire quest is to improve health by preventing and controlling cancer, so all of our lives can go on longer, uninterrupted by cancer.”
Thanks to the annual support provided to The Hormel Institute by The Hormel Foundation, 100 percent of this gift will exclusively fund groundbreaking cancer research, none to administrative or operating expenses.