In 1995, SkyLine employees rolled up their sleeves and came up with some creative ways to raise money for a good cause—the fight against cancer. Coordinated through the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life is the signature event for the organization to raise money and awareness for cancer research and education. The event began as a 12-hour relay in which a team member must remain in the relay the entire time, so employees teamed together and "walked" their part at Ashe Central High School in Jefferson. At this time, 18 employees formed the SkyLine PoleClimbers-Connecting for a Cure team, and all employees pitched in with the fund-raising efforts, ranging from weekly bake sales to a Saturday Chicken Barbecue.
In 1996, the tradition continued, with staff from the Sugar Grove and Banner Elk offices forming their own team for the Watauga County division of the event, appropriately named the SkyLine Skywalkers. In 1997, the Sparta office, along with Blue Ridge Electric, formed the Co-op Crusaders, to participate in the Alleghany-based event. In 2002, the Ashe team added a prime rib dinner and cash drawdown in favor of the chicken barbecue to boost donations. In recent years, employees manned SkyLine teams in Alleghany and Ashe counties and conducted pledge campaigns to invite additional employee support, and employees in Avery and Watauga counties have been part of community-based teams in honor of those who have been touched by cancer.
Today, our employees continue to support the American Cancer Society and come one step closer in finding a cure for this dreaded disease, which strikes down thousands of people a year. They give generously and work hard to support this important effort. The Relay is a fun event, but more significantly, it brings us together to continue in the fight against cancer.
1995-2012 Systemwide Totals from SkyLine Teams donated to the American Cancer Society: