WEX Inc. a leading international provider of physical, digital and virtual corporate card payment solutions, today announced that it will serve as the Presenting Sponsor of the Tri for a Cure event for Maine Cancer Foundation, a statewide source of cancer grant funding, from 2013 to 2015. At the invitation of MCF executive director, Tara Hill, WEX chairman, president and CEO, Michael E. Dubyak, delivered opening remarks to a group of more than 250 business leaders at the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast on December 5 announcing the three year gift.
"Maine Cancer Foundation is deeply committed to cancer research, education and patient support ― and WEX is deeply committed to its mission to find a cure and to support the people of Maine who find themselves affected by this disease," said Dubyak. "It was our honor and our privilege to serve as the MCF Tri for a Cure Presenting Sponsor in 2012, a record-breaking event that raised $1,200,000. We made the decision to sponsor the Tri for a Cure for the next three years for many reasons including the fact that 100% of funds raised by Maine Cancer Foundation stay in Maine and are reinvested back in our community."
"We are deeply appreciative of all that WEX has done for MCF and the Maine community and we look forward to making an even greater impact together through the Tri for a Cure event over the next three years," said Tara Hill, executive director of MCF. "Investing in organizations like MCF is a triple-win for the business community in that it provides outlets for community involvement, actively attracts talent and federal money to the state, and it has a serious and lasting effect on medical research for cancer ― the No. 1 cause of death in our state."
Julie Marchese and Abby Bliss co-founded Tri for a Cure in 2008 as a mechanism for Maine women to raise funds and show their support for cancer victims, patients and survivors. Marchese, a cancer survivor, and Bliss, a dedicated triathlete and volunteer, combined their passions for health and supporting MCF's mission to create Tri for a Cure. Now an annual event, Tri for a Cure is the largest triathlon in the state of Maine with over 850 participants and thousands of spectators.
|WEX chairman, president and CEO, Michael E. Dubyak, announces a 3-year sponsorship commitment before the Portland Chamber of Commerce, December 5, 2012.|
About WEX Inc.
WEX Inc. (NYSE: WXS) is a leading international provider of physical, digital and virtual corporate card payment solutions. From its roots as a pioneer in fleet card payments in 1983, WEX now provides its more than 350,000 customers ― representing more than 6.9 million cardholders ― with exceptional payment security and control across a wide spectrum of business sectors. The Company's operations include WEX Bank, Fleet One, Pacific Pride, rapid! PayCard, Wright Express Prepaid Cards Australia, Wright Express Fuel Cards Australia, Wright Express New Zealand and CorporatePay Limited, England, as well as a majority equity position in UNIK S.A., Brazil. WEX and its subsidiaries employ more than 1,300 associates. For more information about WEX, please visit WEXInc.com.
About Maine Cancer Foundation
Maine Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of Maine people by funding cancer research, education and patient support programs. Each year, Maine Cancer Foundation is able to provide over $1.2 million dollars in grants, raised through a combination of private giving, corporate sponsorship and public events like the Tri for a Cure, Mary's Walk, the Pink Tulip Project and a series of cancer awareness programs. 100% of the funds raised are spent here in Maine.
Source: WEX Inc.
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