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Employees forego shaving

MovemberAbout ten employees donned facial hair this past November in recognition of the global charity movement Movember. This movement raises important funds and awareness to fight prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.

The Wilhelm team raised $860 in the 2013 campaign, significantly more than the $250 raised in 2012. The funds raised by “Mo Bros” and “Mo Sistas” go towards world-class men’s health programs that are directed by the Movember Foundation. These programs are focused on healthy living, living with and beyond cancer, and research.

Wilhelm’s Kurt Schlebecker, project manager, participated for the first time this year but for very personal reasons. He did it in honor of his parents, who both passed away recently. Particularly, his father, who passed away in September from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

“It drove me to dedicate this year to my father,” Schlebecker said. “I take great pride in working with Wilhelm because of these connections to the community and their willingness to support great causes. The Wilhelm family is always ready to help a good cause.”

Although his reasons for supporting the cause are tinged with sadness, Schlebecker found humor in the process of not shaving during the month of November. He mentions his family was not so fond of his new look.

It wasn’t just men who participated either. “Mo Sistas” were also an important part of this year’s successful campaign.

Debbie Gee, benefits coordinator, participated to help drum up contributions for the cause.

“We have the most generous employees that I have ever seen,” Gee said.

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