For over half of our company's history, the Tom Lange Charitable Foundation has been focused on improving the lives of children. Through our efforts we are proud to have granted wishes and provided access to health care, hot meals, and education to children in need.
A driving force for our foundation is an annual golf tournament, the Tom Lange Company Charity Classic. Moving locations each year, the tournament directly benefits children's charities in the hosting city. Rallying associate and industry partners alike, this event has proved to be a successful way to engage our network in giving back.
To support the fight against childhood obesity, the company has supported industry initiatives such as Project Fresh Start, which expands the distribution of fruits and vegetables to schools in partnership with United Fresh. Since its inception, the Tom Lange Charitable Foundation has donated well over half a million dollars—and counting. We know the impact we can have on one child can affect change for years to come.
In addition to supporting children, Tom Lange Company has been counted on for disaster relief and aid. The company has supported the USO and American Red Cross since the tragic events on September 11th. It has supplied water and paper products for Hurricane Katrina victims and also sent aid to the American Red Cross to help Tsunami victims in 2004.
Local community support is yet another way Tom Lange Company continues to gives back. Regional offices have donated everything from sponsoring baseball and soccer teams, providing fruits for the holidays to Rotary Clubs, and buying Thanksgiving dinners, to ensuring gifts from Santa are given to children during the holidays.