The History of Charity Week

With your support over the past 25 years, we’ve been able to do a lot more than grow our business…you’ve also enabled us to do great things for our communities. It’s never more obvious than during our annual Charity Week, when a percentage of every order a customer places goes to supporting a good cause.

Charity Week has come a long way since its start, and now that we’re in the midst of our 7 ½ Annual Charity Week, we thought it’d be interesting to take a look back at the other Charity Weeks we’ve hosted over the years!

Our first official Charity Week was held in 2006. Allied Wire & Cable has always been a big supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, so it was fitting that our support continued with the first annual Charity Week, where we raised more than $8,000 to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. That’s enough to fund at least one full wish.

Allied Wire Charity Week

The Allied family presents its 1st “big check” to Make-A-Wish.

Have you heard the saying, “charity begins at home?” Well, it was the perfect motto for our Second Annual Charity Week. The money raised benefitted Phyllis Rose, long time receptionist and member of the Allied Wire & Cable family, who was undergoing cancer treatment at the time. Phyllis took the phrase “Allied family” to the next level – today, her daughter, Desiree is an Allied Wire & Cable Sales Assistant and her sister, Deb, is a warehouse manager at our PA headquarters. Phyllis and her family used the donation to help pay for medical expenses.

Charity Week for Make-A-Wish

Charity Week helped grant a 13 year old boy’s wish to meet the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009.

For several years, Charity Week continued to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In 2009, we started our Charity Week vote. Since customer orders fund the donation, we wanted to let you choose the organization that would receive it. Throughout the years where you voted Make-A-Wish as the main beneficiary, donations have helped to grant wishes like trips to Disney World, a trip to baseball camp in Nebraska, a VIP shopping spree, a trip to Phillies Spring Training in Florida to meet the players, a laptop computer with accessories, games, and a desk to go with it, and the installation of a swimming pool, specifically designed for physical therapy.

Once the Charity Week vote started, we wanted to make sure that, in the true spirit of giving, none of the other charities included in the vote would be forgotten. As part of Charity Week, smaller donations have gone to a wide range of organizations, including the ASPCA, Autism Speaks, American Farmland Trust, Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, Meals on Wheels, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and more, all thanks to the efforts of our customers.

In 2011, we asked Allied Wire & Cable employees to take a more active role in selecting the charities for our Charity Week vote, where customers would ultimately choose the organization that would receive the main Charity Week donation. Allied family members nominated charities close to their hearts, and ultimately, CureSearch for Children’s Cancer was chosen. In her nomination letter, Stephanie wrote,

Charity Week 2011 - CureSearch for Children's Cancer

AWC was honored to be a part of the CureSearch Walk, presenting the Charity Week 2011 check.

I wanted to nominate a charity that is close to my heart, CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. My son, Michael died from an ATRT when he was only 2 years old. He was diagnosed in June 13th, 2009 and passed away by January 23rd, 2010. The money CureSearch raises goes towards finding a cure for all kinds of childhood cancer so that no parent has to deal with the loss of a child.

That year, we raised $13,318.78 for CureSearch and were able to present the check as part of their Philadelphia CureSearch Walk event in Franklin Square.

In 2012, we continued to celebrate family with our Charity Week. We donated the proceeds to the American Cancer Society, the charity chosen by Allied employee, Nikki, who was battling Stage 3 breast cancer. She chose the charity for its support of people staying strong in the fight against all types of cancer. With the help of our customers, we raised the most money of any Charity Week to date, and were able to donate $15,419 to the American Cancer Society, in addition to the $1,000 donations made to the ASPCA and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Over the years, we’ve been able to give a lot back to our communities through Charity Week, and it is all thanks to the great relationships we have with our customers. We sincerely thank you for everything you’ve helped us to achieve, and we have high hopes for continuing to “pay it forward” with our Christmas in July Charity Week, going on now. Get full details on how your order can count toward our mini Charity Week donation, benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

About awcwire
Allied Wire & Cable is a value-added manufacturer and distributor of electrical wire and cable, tubing, and more. We are a family owned and operated company, serving a wide range of industries, including the military, automotive, aerospace, and telecommunications markets. Allied is headquartered in Collegeville, PA. Additional locations can be found across the US, in Merrimack, NH, Tampa, FL, Pewaukee, WI, and Las Vegas, NV. For more information on Allied, visit our main website at

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