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The GPCA Challenges Other Associations to Join the Fight to Cure Blood Cancer
The GPCA Challenges Other Associations to Join the Fight to Cure Blood Cancer

Valera Jessee, Executive Director of the Georgia Pest Control Association (GPCA) challenges other non-profit associations to come together in support of the Light The Night Walk. "The Light The Night Walk brings together members in a friendly competition and supports the communities from which we draw our livelihood", said Jessee.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) relies heavily on funds raised through the GPCA. Since 2004, member companies of the GPCA have raised over $708,000. The goal this year is to raise another $100,000. What is unique about this partnership is that companies competing to eliminate your pest problem are joining forces for the common good. Advanced Services, Allgood Pest Solutions, Future Services, HomeTec Exterminating and Terminix are all participating this year through the Technician Donation Program which promotes technicians asking customers for donations upon completion of service. Many more companies participate by playing in the annual GPCA Golf Tournament. This year, the tournament held on August 16 was a huge success with the total still being tallied. Every other year the GPCA Leadership Class brings together members from several companies who are divided into teams and compete for who can raise the most funds. In 2009, the Class raised over $30,000! "Our participation is very important to finding a cure", said Jessee. "We are all committed, devoted and plan to continue this fight until we are no longer needed".

LLS hopes other associations will copy the GPCA model and join the fight to cure blood cancer. "Associations are great for partnering with because they work with so many companies who are able to involve employees, vendors, customers and families all with a common goal. After months of fundraising, the team comes together with softly lit balloons and lights the night with hope. It really is something you can feel good about" said Dick Brown, Executive Director of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Contact Whitney Schaffner at whitney.schaffner@lls.org or 404-720-7838 to learn more about Light The Night.

Donate to the GPCA team by visiting http://pages.lightthenight.org/ga/Atlanta11/VJessee_LTN.

Light The Night is a nationwide evening fundraising walk to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. In Georgia, Light The Night’s fundraising efforts have grown tremendously, from $460,000 in 2003 to more than $2.1 million in 2010. Learn more: www.lightthenight.org/ga.

About The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters through the United States and Canada. To learn more visit www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm ET. www.lls.org.

About GPCA

Currently representing 85% of pest control operators in the state, the GPCA was incorporated in 1950 with only sixteen original members. With more than 700 member companies statewide, the GPCA is made up of pest control professionals who protect health, families, businesses and the environment from insects and the damage they can cause. A major employer, the GPCA is an integral part of schools operations, commercial establishments and home management. High quality communication, education and upholding the professional pest management industry throughout Georgia and surrounding states are the benchmarks of the GPCA. Benefits of GPCA membership include legislative lobbying, training and education, free continuing education programs, professional magazine access, leadership training, scholarships, lending library and business manuals and access to email updates, a toll free telephone number and assistance from a full-time staff. For more information about the GPCA, visit its Web site at www.gpca.org.