The name on the door may have changed but the charity work of the former GE Transportation Plant continues under new Wabtec leadership.
That leadership announcing that this year’s ‘Bids for Kids’ fundraiser collected more than $180,000 for Make-A-Wish, Shriner’s Hospital, and the Boys and Girls Club of Erie.
The organizers say they feel good helping the three charities continue their essential work in the Erie area.
Jim Meyer, Co-Chair of Wabtec’s ‘Bids for Kids’ program, says, “It makes a huge difference in our community and also, we can help; we can do more, and we should do more. And, it really helps our employees get behind great events that stay here locally.”
Each February, a gala auction is held where bids are taken on donated items.
The full news release from Wabtec is as follows:
Wabtec’s 2019 Bids for Kids Event Raises $181,000 for Local Charities
• Since its inception, the event has raised nearly $2 million for the Erie community
• Funds go to local Boys & Girls Club, Make-A-Wish and Shriners Hospitals for Children
ERIE, PA (April 30, 2019) — Wabtec (NYSE: WAB) celebrated today a successful 2019 Bids for Kids fundraiser, which generated $181,000 for local Erie charities, including Boys & Girls Club, Make-A-Wish and Shriners Hospitals for Children.
“For 150 years, Wabtec has been committed to making a difference in the communities we call home,” said Ray Betler, President and CEO of Wabtec. “Bids for Kids is an incredible, long-standing program that supports the work of three critical organizations and is a great example of our company’s and employees’ involvement in the local community.”
Since Bids for Kids began in 1995, the annual event has raised nearly $2 million for local charities, roughly half of which was raised over the last three years.
“Through the years, this generous donation has not only helped us fulfill our mission of providing the highest quality orthopedic care for kids but has also allowed us to care for more kids in our community, regardless of the families’ ability to pay,” said Micheal Widrig with Shriners Hospitals for Children – Erie.
“As a charity that relies solely on the generosity of our communities to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, we are so thrilled to see Wabtec and its employees continue the tradition of Bids for Kids. The funds raised through this event each year help us to transform lives, one wish at a time. We could not be more thankful for their belief in our mission,” said Jan Stork with Make-A-Wish.
“Bids for Kids has become a mainstay in Erie that will continue for years to come,” said Betler. “It is a symbol of the generosity in our community. This event is a success because of the support from local individuals, businesses and sponsors.”
Wabtec’s Erie site is an active member of the community. Over the past year, the company and its employees contributed more than $2 million to local charities and donated more than 10,000 volunteer hours.