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March 1, 2004

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Plastics community tees off to fight breast cancer

At last year’s tournament in Chino Hills, CA, the LPGO raised $15,000—the highest amount in the group’s four years of fund-raising—for the Breast Cancer Wellness Program at the Robert & Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center (Pomona, CA). Left to right are Rusty Miller, tournament director (RTP Co.—retired); Dolores Lancia-Ketner, president and founder (Ashland Distribution); Donna Koebel, finance director (Prestige Mold); Susan Granger, sponsor director (Modified Plastics); and Louise Riley, administrative director (Ferco Color). Absent from the photo is Jill Brandts, publicity director.

The team composed of Rusty Miller (RTP Co.—retired), Eric Henn (Edro Engineering Inc.), Scott Diaz (Edro Engineering Inc.), and Mike Kroth (RTP Co.) had the highest net score in last year’s tournament.

Editor’s note: If you would like to help support the LPGO or participate in the tournament, it will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004 at the Los Serranos Golf & Country Club in Chino Hills, CA.It’s difficult to think about the medical industry without realizing the great contributions that plastics provide, but one group of ladies employed in the plastics industry has been making an extra contribution. For the fourth year, the Ladies Plastics Golf Organization (LPGO; Chino Hills, CA) raised money in an annual golf tournament for a breast cancer wellness center in Southern California. In a short period of time, the tournament has grown from 24 golfers raising $500 to a donation of $15,000 this past October. The LPGO hopes to raise $20,000 with this year’s tournament.

When her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999, Dolores Lancia-Ketner learned about aspects of the disease often overlooked by the medical world. She discovered that hats, scarves, and wigs—items that help to maintain the dignity and mental wellness of the patients—were not covered by insurance.

“Insurance pays for the medical side, but there is another side that needs to be pampered,” says Lancia-Ketner. “Out in California, I thought I could at least do something for the local community.”The LPGO was founded by Lancia-Ketner in 2000, and through word-of-mouth and flyers, 24 members played in the first tournament and raised $500. The group raised $7000 for the 2001 tournament, and in 2002, $12,000. On Oct. 21, 2003, the LPGO held its most recent tournament at the Los Serranos Golf & Country Club in Chino Hills, CA. With 170 registered to play from 50 regional plastics companies, the tournament raised $15,000. About 80% of the players were men.

The LPGO decided to focus its efforts on raising money for the Breast Cancer Wellness Program at the Robert & Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center. Located on the campus of Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in Pomona, CA, this health and wellness resource center provides books, videos, and related instructional materials for cancer patients, as well as wigs, hats, and scarves. The LPGO hopes to use funds raised at the next tournament to add elastic sleeves for patients with lymphedema.

In addition to the golf tournament, more than 100 prizes were donated from the industry for a raffle drawing at the reception, including items like surround sound systems and television sets. Even the golf balls were donated by Plastics Express (City of Industry, CA), a bulk trucking and packaging company, and decorated with the pink ribbon symbol.

For more information on the Ladies Plastics Golf Organization, contact Dolores Lancia-Ketner at (909) 597-0369.

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