PPG employee helps Flying Horse Farms with involvement, donations
John Lewis chairs board, garners foundation support as part of daughter’s legacy
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, May 16, 2012 –
John Lewis (front center, wearing blue shirt), board chair for Flying Horse Farms and market manager, programs and services, for the North American commercial coatings group of PPG Industries’ automotive refinish business, accepts a PPG Industries Foundation check along with Flying Horse Farms staff members and campers from John Parran, PPG director of marketing, North America, automotive refinish. Lewis became involved with Flying Horse Farms, a Mt. Gilead, Ohio, camp that hosts up to 2,500 ill children each year at no cost to their families, when his daughter was sick with cancer, before she succumbed to it at age 12. His ongoing support of the camp, both through personal involvement and garnering employee program grants through the PPG Industries Foundation, is “part of my daughter’s legacy,” according to Lewis.
Inspired by the grace of a daughter who succumbed to cancer at age 12 and strengthened by a father’s unwavering love, John Lewis, market manager of programs and services for the North American commercial coatings group of PPG Industries’ automotive refinish business, now helps other children with serious illnesses leave their sickness behind while enjoying a transforming experience at Flying Horse Farms
Through a PPG Industries Foundation employee program called Grant Incentives for Volunteerism by PPG Employees and Retirees (GIVE), Lewis has garnered $1,000 a year for the camp in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, which hosts up to 2,500 ill children each year at no cost to their families. These grants recognize Lewis’ service as a Flying Horse Farms board member; he is currently the board’s chair. Separately from this direct support of his involvement, the foundation has donated $5,000 to the organization for each of the last two years and $10,000 this year on behalf of the company’s Strongsville, Ohio, automotive refinish operations, where Lewis works.
“After my daughter was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 at age nine, she attended one of Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall camps for children with serious illnesses,” Lewis said. “This inspired my involvement with Flying Horse Farms, and my daughter became very passionate about the organization. She would do speaking engagements with me to promote the camp, and she was such an engaging speaker. I consider my continued involvement part of my daughter’s legacy. We really do create magic there.”
Opened in 2010 and a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network (formerly the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps) since October 2011, Flying Horse Farms offers children the opportunity to enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, archery, arts and crafts, and much more on 200 wooded acres outside of Columbus. Every detail of the experience is designed to help campers leave sickness behind while feeling a sense of pride, accomplishment and freedom. An on-site health center provides critical medical services and supervision around the clock.
“We are pleased that PPG foundation grants can help support the exceptional services of Flying Horse Farms,” said John Parran, PPG director of marketing, North America, automotive refinish, and PPG Industries Foundation agent for the automotive refinish business. “PPG is strongly committed to supporting communities where it has a presence, especially by encouraging and recognizing our employees’ volunteerism, and John turning the darkest moment in his life into ongoing joy for others is a true inspiration to all of us. We are very proud of what he has accomplished in honor of his daughter.”
Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence. Interests of the foundation, in order of priority, are education, human services, culture and arts, and civic and community affairs. PPG also supports charitable causes by encouraging employees' volunteerism and board service with nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.ppgfoundation.com.
About Flying Horse Farms
Flying Horse Farms in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, near Columbus, provides magical, transforming experiences for children with serious illnesses. Founded in 2010, it is a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network (formerly the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps), the world’s largest family of camps for children with serious illnesses. The camp serves hundreds of children and families each year – free of charge – offering activities designed to ensure every camper can participate as well as critical medical services at a 24-hour on-site health center. For more information, visit flyinghorsefarms.org.
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