$40,000 Raised for Packaging Education at Annual AICC Independents’ Cup Charity Golf Tournament

During the AICC 2022 Spring Meeting, 208 golfers came together for the 8th Annual Independents’ Cup Charity Golf Tournament. Through sponsorships and on-site donations, more than $40,000 was raised to support the Foundation for Packaging Education.

The Foundation for Packaging Education supports the development and distribution of employee education and training resources for workers in the corrugated, folding carton, rigid box, and related supply chain industries.

Foundation Chairman Jay Carman, President and CEO, Standfast Group, said “Thank you so much for your generous donations to the Foundation For Packaging Education. We truly appreciate your investment in growing the educational and training needs of our association. Because of your generous support, the Foundation will be able to develop even more online courses, webinars and in- person seminars to further develop your workforce.”

Participants played on the Palm and Valley Courses at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Golf Club, and expected contributions to the Foundation were doubled through donations made on the golf course.

One of these generous donations was made by Automated Conveyor Systems and Independent II. ACS Chairman & CEO Michael Shenigo, said, “Automated Conveyor Systems has been an active member of AICC for over 40 years. The benefits of the partnership bringing both the manufacturers and suppliers together have driven strong results through our organization. The opportunity to give back to AICC was a no brainer in respect to AICC’s Packaging School. ACS is a firm believer and proud supporter in providing education to develop individuals, both existing and the next generation. As the corrugated industry continues to grow, providing a premier educational program will support the innovation necessary to meet this unprecedented demand.  We are all in this together and the more we can do to stay ahead and drive results throughout the entire industry will allow us to meet the challenges we face and provide a sustainable future for all.”

”The willingness of AICC members to support the work of the Foundation and AICC education programming is always gratifying to see. The spontaneity of the giving during the heat of battle on the golf course was really something,” said AICC President Mike D’Angelo.

Al Hoodwin, CEO of Michigan City Paper Box Co, and an inaugural donor to the Foundation, said, “we are very excited about the funds raised for our Foundation for Packaging Education by AICC’s 8th Annual Independent Cup golf tournament. This yearly event will be a great way to continue to fund our Foundation and ensure that the most up-to-date and relevant training content is available for our employees on our online training platform. The Board of the Foundation for Packaging Education is committed to ensuring our Foundation continues to grow and has decided to match the funds raised by the Annual golf event. All participants in the golf tournament should feel great about their ‘enhanced’ contribution to our Foundation.”

Golf sponsors included Major Sponsor Domtar Packaging, Schwarz Partners, Bobst, BHS Corrugated, Bradford Company, Equipment Finance Corp, WestRock, Fosber, BCM Inks, AG Stacker, Litho Press, Bay Cities, Lewisburg Printing Co./Huston Patterson, Poteet Printing Systems, Flint Group, Kolbus America, Isowa, Akers Packaging, Alliance Machine, American Corrugated Machine, Blackhawk Corrugated, BW Papersystems, EMBA, EAM-Mosca, Haire Group, Jamestown Container, JB Machinery, Kao Collins, McLean Packaging, Metsa Group, Pamarco, Printron, Roosevelt Paper, Quantum Ink, Standfast Group, Standard Printing Co., SUN Automation, and Wasatch Container.

The Foundation for Packaging Education will hold its next fund-raising event at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina, November 8-10, 2022. The event will include a round of golf at the renowned Ocean Course, a round of golf at Osprey Point, a reception on Tuesday evening, a group dinner on Wednesday evening and an excursion into Charleston for non-golfers.

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