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Independents’ Cup Raises $40,000 for Packaging Education

By AICC Staff

May 17, 2022

During the AICC Spring Meeting in Palm Desert, California, 208 members came together for the 8th Annual Independents’ Cup Charity Golf Tournament. Through sponsorships and on-site donations, more than $40,000 was raised to support the Foundation for Packaging Education.

The Foundation for Packaging Education supports the development and distribution of employee education and training resources for workers in the corrugated, folding carton, rigid box, and related supply chain industries.

“Thank you so much for your generous donations to the Foundation for Packaging Education,” says Jay Carman, foundation Chair and president and CEO of StandFast Packaging Group. “We truly appreciate your investment in growing the educational and training needs of our Association. Because of your generous support, the Foundation will be able to develop even more online courses, webinars, and in- person seminars to further develop your workforce.”

Participants played on the Palm and Valley Courses at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Golf Club, designed by acclaimed architect Ted Robinson Sr., and built in the mid-1980s. Although participants were playing in nearly 100-degree heat, spirits remained high, and everyone came off the courses smiling.

The expected contribution to the foundation was doubled through donations made on the golf course. One of the generous donations was made by Automated Conveyor Systems (ACS) and Independent II. “ACS has been an active member of AICC for over 40 years. The benefits of the partnership bringing both the manufacturers and suppliers together have driven strong results through our organization,” says ACS Chair and CEO Michael Shenigo. “The opportunity to give back to AICC was a no-brainer in respect to AICC’s Packaging School. ACS is a firm believer and proud supporter in providing education to develop individuals, both existing and the next generation. As the corrugated industry continues to grow, providing a premier educational program will support the innovation necessary to meet this unprecedented demand. We are all in this together and the more we can do to stay ahead and drive results throughout the entire industry will allow us to meet the challenges we face and provide a sustainable future for all.”

”The willingness of AICC members to support the work of the foundation and AICC education programming is always gratifying to see. The spontaneity of the giving during the heat of battle on the golf course was really something,” says AICC President Mike D’Angelo. AICC congratulates the winners of the tournament.

The Foundation for Packaging Education will hold its next fundraising event at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina, November 8–10. The event will include a round of golf at the renowned Ocean Course, a round of golf at Osprey Point, a reception on Tuesday evening, a group dinner on Wednesday evening, and an excursion into Charleston for nongolfers.

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