A Season For Giving From AZ Employees


Meredith Hemler

On this Giving Tuesday, we want to take a moment to recognize the thousands of AstraZeneca employees who give of their time, skills and money to support those in need in their local communities.

Every day, AstraZeneca and our employees work hard to improve the health and wellbeing in cities, towns and neighborhoods across the United States – including through volunteering, leading and participating in fundraisers, and even growing facial hair. Those efforts were fully on display in Movember/November, including:

AZ employees supported the Philadelphia ADA Walk despite the cold, rainy weather.

American Diabetes Association Walks: AstraZeneca sponsored American Diabetes Association Step Out Walks in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Houston, while employees, families and friends participated in 30 walks in other cities across the country. These walks support the ADA’s mission to help patients achieve a life free of diabetes and improve the well-being of people living with the disease. The combined sponsorship and fundraising activities resulted in more than $145,000 in contributions to the American Diabetes Association.

Passionately Pink: Sixty teams of AstraZeneca employees across the United States participated in the eighth annual Passionately Pink for the Cure (PPFTC). For the second year in a row, AstraZeneca employees ranked as the No. 1 grassroots organization, raising more than $42,000 through 577 donations. Money was raised through car washes, garage sales, cake bakes, game nights, jean day ticket sales and raffles. Over the last eight years, AstraZeneca employees have donated more than $263,000 toward breast cancer screening, research and outreach through PPFTC, a Susan G. Komen® for the Cure organization.

Movember: More than 375 AstraZeneca employees participated in Movember, a global men’s health charity that encourages men to grow moustaches for 30 days in November to promote awareness and raise money for men’s health – focusing on prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. AstraZeneca employees raised more than $125,000 through a variety of activities throughout the month, including a kickoff party, raffles, guest bartending, individual social media engagement and a shave-off party. AZ’s Mike Kavanagh is currently in the running for top individual fundraiser across the country, having raised over $45,000.

Tosh Butt, VP of Primary Care Sales, shows off his pink

Additionally, this fall AstraZeneca employees volunteered their time preparing homes for Delaware families with Habitat for Humanity. Several employees also spent time with our long time partner Ronald McDonald House of Delaware – helping prepare dinner for families of ill children.

Through these and many other programs, AstraZeneca’s employees give back year round in every corner of the United States. We thank them – and the organizations and individuals who are participating in today’s Giving Tuesday.