BYRON, Ill. - With 30 years experience working at nuclear plants in Illinois, Dean Sack of Peru, Ill., knows where to go when he has freshly pick sweet corn for a charity benefit sale: Exelon Nuclear facilities. That wise move resulted in a donation of more than $4,000 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure - an organization dedicated to the fight against breast cancer.
Employees at four Exelon Nuclear plants in Illinois recently made donations in exchange for a dozen ears of Sack's delicious sweet corn. Money flowed in from Byron Generating Station ($1,141), Braidwood Station ($756), Clinton Power Station ($1,519) and LaSalle County Station ($1,013).
"We're delighted to participate in this worthy cause, and get a taste of fresh home-grown sweet corn," said Byron Station site vice president Tim Tulon. "Supporting an event like this is a win-win proposition: a worthy charity gets a nice donation, and our employees are able to enjoy delicious sweet corn from the Illinois farm fields."
The Exelon Nuclear plants have a long history of community involvement. This includes everything from donations to Scout troops and local high schools to United Way and special fund-raising events such as fishing and basketball tournaments and that draw thousands of participants.
Sack's farm produced the corn and his daughter Rebecca, wife Jane and her sisters helped with sales at the Exelon plants. Jane Sack was joined by sisters Jeanne Bertrand, Jill Dentino and Cindy Stegmann. Along with the fundraising at the Exelon sites, the family members also sell the corn at the farm.
"This has grown into such a great event," said Dean Sack. "The generosity of coworkers and local residents is amazing."
The fundraiser came about due to his wife's involvement in the Susan G. Komen movement. She needed a way to raise money for the upcoming 60-mile Komen Race for the Cure, in which she is a participant.
More information on the Komen Race for the Cure can be found at www.the3day.org.