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Laborers' District Council Charity Fund Donates $30K to Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA (November 8, 2010) – The Laborers’ District Council Charity Fund, a 501(c)3 non profit organization, donated $30,000 to Fox Chase Cancer Center to be used for Mesothelioma research.  A check presentation took place on Monday, November 8, 2010 at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

The funds are part of the $130,000 that was raised at the Laborers' District Council Charity Fund's 11th Annual Charity Golf Classic on June 1, 2010.

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Presenting the check to Dr. Testa (center)

The check was presented by Laborers' District Council Charity Fund Trustee Samuel Staten, Sr., retired Business Manager Laborers Local 332 and Laborers' District Council to Dr. Joseph R. Testa, PhD, researcher at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Also in attendance was Samuel Staten, Jr., Business Manager Laborers' Local 332; Walter Higgins, Business Manager Laborers' Local 57; Ryan Boyer, Business Manager Laborers' District Council; James Harper, Sr., Business Manager Laborers' Local 413; Juan Ramos, LECET Administrator; Alan Parham, Benefit Funds Administrator; Perry N. Blackman, C.P.A., Laborers' District Council Charity Fund Trustee; Lisa Perfidio, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations at Fox Chase Cancer Center; and Robert Wilkens, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

The Laborer’s District Council Charity Fund’s goal is to raise funds to assist charitable organizations that provide services to the needy in the five county area of Philadelphia.   The Laborer’s District Council of the Metropolitan area of Philadelphia and Vicinity has been helping members and their families and the community enjoy a better standard of living by providing jobs and benefits since their charter in 1937. LDC believes in the principles that unionism was founded on: a fair day's pay for a fair day's work, and workers' rights. LDC also believes that next-generation unionism must vigorously pursue workers' rights' based on management and union cooperation and the advancement of member education.


Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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