RETTEW Raises $13,000 for American Cancer Society

Firm’s Largest Donation to Date, CEO and Nine Others Shave Heads

Lancaster, Pa. — Employees of RETTEW, an Engineering News-Record top 500 design firm providing engineering, transportation, environmental consulting, planning and surveying services, recently raised a total of $13,000 for the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Relay For Life annual fundraising campaign.  

RETTEW’s internal fundraising event, Shave Your Head for Ed, commemorated Ed Warfel. Warfel, who was with RETTEW for 36 years and the employee with the second longest tenure ever, passed away on February 12, 2010, at the age of 60 after a long battle with cancer. He was a professional land surveyor and instrumental in growing the firm.

To celebrate the firm’s tenth year participating in Relay For Life, organizers set $10,000 as their goal. If donations reached $10,000, 11 individuals agreed to have their heads shaved, including George W. Rettew, Jr., CEO, and one female, Gina Hecker. On the day of the head-shaving event, employees raised an additional $3,000 to spare Hecker’s locks.

“I really appreciate the efforts of RETTEW’s Relay For Life team and am grateful to all those who contributed,” said George W. Rettew, Jr., PE, PLS, CEO, RETTEW. “I thank everyone for their generosity and supporting a very worthwhile cause.”

In addition to donating $13,000 to ACS this year, RETTEW employees, friends and family—known as the RETTEW Runners—will participate in ACS Relay For Life of Lancaster, June 18-19, 2010, Conestoga Valley High School.  For 24 hours around the clock, teams of people will camp out to take turns walking or running on the school’s track. Each team will have a representative on the track at all times during the event.

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Photo caption: Bottom row (l-r): John Love, RLA; Brian Engle, PE; and David Hoglund, PE. Top row (l-r): Suhail Khan; Mike McKinne, CFA; Clayton Bubeck, PE; George W. Rettew, Jr., CEO; Gina Hecker; Brian Kauffman, PE; and Yves Pollart, PE, BCEE. (Absent from photo was John Schick)