Restek Customers, Employee-Owners Donate $11,000 to Hurricane Relief
After the Hurricanes Harvey and Irma forged successive paths of destruction between late August and mid-September, Bellefonte-based Restek spent last month raising money for relief efforts.
On Sept. 29, thanks to the combined work of customers and Restek's employee-owners, the company presented a check for $11,122 to the Red Cross to aid operations in Texas, Louisiana and Florida.
"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," said Bryan Wolcott, Restek president and head coach. "Thank you to our customers for their generosity and caring."
Throughout September, Restek customers were able to forgo receiving regular incentives at checkout online or over the phone and instead divert that money to the fundraising efforts for those in need.
Kent Rauch, lead Web developer at Restek, heard from colleagues affected by the hurricanes and initiated the fundraiser.
"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."
Restek employee-owners also donated and the corporation contributed $5,000.
Heather Ishler and Angie Rushe from Restek’s domestic customer service group helped organize the fundraiser.
"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," Rushe said.