Restek Gives in Response to Hurricanes Florence and Michael

AJ Saclyn, Ashley Holland, and Angie Rushe from Restek, and Sarah Mewhirter from the Red Cross, work together to support relief efforts.

Restek, its employee-owners, and its customers teamed up to give more than $5,000 this November in support of the Red Cross hurricane disaster relief efforts—particularly in areas affected by hurricanes Florence and Michael, which ravaged the southeastern United States. Both monetary and blood donations provided support to those in need.

“We are so very grateful to Restek for its generous support of our Hurricane Relief effort,” said Hope Roaten, American Red Cross Mid-Central Pennsylvania Chapter Executive Director. “Without the support of our corporate community, we would not be able to provide shelter, food, and other basic supplies and services to the people who were impacted by major disaster situations, such as hurricanes Florence and Michael. We are proud to have such a strong community partner in Restek.”

Bryan Wolcott, Restek President and Head Coach, thanked customers and coworkers for their kindness and charity.

“Hurricanes Florence and Michael were two of the most intense hurricanes to make landfall in the country’s history, and many of our employees’ and customers’ friends and family were affected by these violent storms. We’re proud to pull together to make this donation to the Red Cross on behalf of the entire Restek community,” he said. “Special thanks to our customers for their generosity and caring.”

For several weeks this fall, customers could pay it forward by converting their Wizard Dollar frequent buyer incentives to cash donations for those in need. Restek employees also offered their own Wizard Dollars, and the company matched every dollar contributed.

Similar collection drives were implemented in recent years in response to other natural disasters. Many of the programs are set into motion by Restek employee-owners who have talked to customers or family members in the areas and know how much help is needed. Restek is well-known for empowering its employees to come up with ideas to support the local communities in which they operate.

In addition to the monetary donation, employee-owners stepped up to fight the severe blood shortage through another successful blood drive on Nov. 13. According to the Red Cross, fewer blood drives hosted in September and October, coupled with the widespread cancellation of scheduled drives as a result of hurricanes Michael and Florence, have led to the current blood shortage. Restek’s drive collected 33 units—saving an estimated 99 lives! This is the continuation of a long history of blood drives at Restek—bimonthly for the last 16 years—making them Centre County’s leading business blood drive sponsor.

To learn more about Restek Corporation, visit www.restek.com and to learn about American Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org

Restek Customers and Employee-Owners Donate More Than $11,000 to Red Cross Hurricane Relief Efforts

While the storms and headlines have passed, the hardships of those residents affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are nowhere near over.

For this reason, Restek held a fundraiser in September to raise money for Red Cross operations in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. In a combined effort from Restek customers and employee-owners, the company presented a check for $11,122 to the Red Cross on September 29.

Bryan Wolcott, Restek President and Head Coach, thanked customers and coworkers for their kindness and charity.

“People’s lives are forever changed by these tragic events, and I’m proud to be able to make this donation to the Red Cross on behalf of the Restek community,” he said. “Thank you to our customers for their generosity and caring.”

For several weeks in September, customers could forgo receiving their Wizard Dollar incentives during checkout over the phone or website and, instead, divert those funds to aid those in need. Restek employees could also donate, and Restek Corporation contributed an additional $5,000 as well.

Restek is well-known for empowering its employees to suggest and implement improvements to the business and its renowned culture. In this case, the hurricane-relief fundraiser was set into motion by Kent Rauch, Lead Web Developer at Restek. He said he recognized how dire the situation was by hearing from colleagues in the affected area.

“I wanted to help, so I got approval and made the code edits to the website,” he said. “The reception from our customers was tremendous.”

This is not the first time Restek raised money in response to a natural disaster. In 2013, the company raised nearly $4,000 to help ease the suffering of those affected by the tornado that ripped through Oklahoma, and the company also raised money after Superstorm Sandy hit New York and New Jersey.

Heather Ishler and Angie Rushe from Restek’s domestic customer service group helped organize and drive the fundraiser. Rushe said Restek’s culture of employee ownership instills a sense of responsibility and community.

“I work with an exceptionally generous group of folks who take our responsibility as owners very seriously. We understand that when you are in a position to be able to help, you should do all you can,” she said.

Being the County’s Top Business Group of Blood Donors is Not Enough for Restek Employees

Restek donors roll up their sleeves every 8 weeks and donate more blood than any other local business, but organizers have their sights set on bigger goals.

Restek’s Mark DePlato is often first in line to donate. In his life, he’s given more than 8 gallons!

On March 13, 2017, when Winter Storm Stella was about to dump more than a foot of snow on Central Pennsylvania, Restek feared they would be forced to cancel their blood drive the following day.

However, in close collaboration with the Red Cross, Restek was able to reschedule the event just two days later—and employees rallied to collect 25 units, which can save as many as 75 lives.

“I never should have panicked because I work with exceptional people who do exceptional things every day,” said AJ Saclyn, a Sales Territory Manager at Restek and the company’s Blood Drive Coordinator.

Every two months for the last 16 years, Restek has held a blood drive with the American Red Cross, with an average of 30 people donating each time. That translates to 180 units per year, making Restek the top business blood drive sponsor in Centre County.

In recognition of this achievement, the Mid Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross awarded Restek with its Business Partnership Award this year.

“This was a no brainer for me; they are truly amazing,” said Laura Merritt, Donor Recruitment Representative for the Greater Alleghenies Blood Region of the American Red Cross. “They’re my number one business in terms of blood drives and collections in this area. The donors are so loyal—they always pull together and have a great drive.”

Carrie Sprout, a Product Manager at Restek, first brought the Red Cross to Restek for a blood drive in 2001. Saclyn took over the program two years ago with ambitions to grow the program even more.

When Saclyn turned 55 last year, he encouraged 55 donors—nearly twice the regular amount of a Restek blood drive—to step up and roll up their sleeves. This year, in honor of winning the Business Partnership Award, the bar was raised to 60 donors for Restek’s May 17th blood drive, and again, employees and their families rose to the challenge. Over a month before the scheduled date, 64 potential donors have filled every scheduled slot!

Interested in getting more information or signing up for a future blood drive at Restek’s Bellefonte, PA, campus? Email us. To learn more about Restek Corporation, visit www.restek.com and to learn about American Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org

Almost $4,000 Raised for Tornado Relief by Restek Customers and Employee-Owners

Restek_logo72_hexIn the aftermath of the rare and deadly EF5 tornado that ripped through Oklahoma in May, Restek felt compelled once again to try to help ease the suffering of those affected by devastation. As was done after Superstorm Sandy and other disasters, Restek modified our Wizard Dollars program to give customers the option of donating to this noble cause. For two months, interested customers could click a box during checkout asking that the Wizard Dollars they earned on their chromatography purchases be converted into cash to aid those in need—and Restek employee-owners also pitched in. After the one-for-one corporate match, a total of $3,940 was sent to the Red Cross on behalf of Restek and our customers. We would like to thank our customers for their generosity and caring.

Restek Employee-Owners and Customers Partner With the American Red Cross

Red Cross RecognitionRestek Corporation is grateful to have been recognized by the American Red Cross for our efforts to aid the victims of Superstorm Sandy. Through a modification of our Wizard Dollars program that included a one-for-one corporate match, Restek employee-owners and customers donated $2,632 to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. With such wide-spread destruction after the hurricane, we felt obliged to do what we could to help and wanted to extend the chance to lend a hand to our customers, who graciously responded in large numbers. Restek sincerely thanks the Red Cross for their acknowledgment as well as our customers for the additional support.

With the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma, we feel compelled to again do our part. Donations are already pouring in from across Restek, and we have also made it possible once more for our customers to give the Wizard Dollars they earn on chromatography purchases to the cause. For two months, customers can simply click a box during checkout asking Restek to convert their Wizard Dollars into cash to help those in need—and we will match donations dollar for dollar up to $5,000. Together, we can try to make a difference to families who have lost so much.

On a related note, we would be remiss if we did not also mention our LC Accessories Product Marketing Manager: Carrie Sprout. For almost all of her 17 years with Restek, Carrie has coordinated our blood drive program, and she was recently honored with the 2013 Business Sponsor Coordinator Award for her hard work and dedication. Congratulations, Carrie!