|Foundation accepts 2014 award (l to r) Russ Ives, Rose Pest Solutions, Troy, MI, Copesan Partner and past Board member; Deni Naumann, Copesan; Bryan Cooksey, McCall Service, Jacksonville, FL, Copesan Partner and Board member; Ben Walker, Gregory Pest Solutions, Greenville, NC, Copesan Partner and Board member; Jim Fredericks, NPMA Foundation for Research.|
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. — Copesan Services announced its $11,566 contribution to two key charitable organizations providing scholarship funds and research support to the pest management industry.
Over the last 13 years, the Copesan network has raised just under $100,000 for Pi Chi Omega and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) Pest Management Foundation for research through the annual Copesan Charity Raffle. “We are thrilled to share the generosity of our entire Copesan family with both Pi Chi Omega and the NPMA Pest Management Foundation,” said Deni Naumann, Copesan President. “It’s wonderful to see the ongoing commitment of so many team members from our Partner companies and industry suppliers to make our industry better by developing strong, future leaders and continuing essential scientific research and development.”
Sponsored by Syngenta, the 2014 raffle was held during Copesan’s annual conference, February 11 – 13, 2014, in Las Vegas, NV. This year’s event was attended by over 330 members of the Copesan Partner network and pest management suppliers who raised $5,133 in just a few short days. Copesan matched this amount for a total donation of $10,266 to be equally divided between Pi Chi Omega for scholarships and the NPMA Foundation for research. Additionally, an amazing record $1,300 was raised for Pi Chi Omega in the auction of a unique “Arthropod of the Hour” mantel clock featuring preserved insects on the face. The clock was created by Dr. Gerry Wegner, Technical Director and Staff Entomologist at ProGuard/Varment Guard Commercial Pest Solutions of Columbus, OH, a Copesan Partner, who has been graciously donating these clocks for a number of years.
|Pi Chi Omega accepts the ceremonial check from Pi Chi Omega and Syngenta:(l to r) Barry Cothern, Syngenta; Kim Kelley Tunis, Pi Chi Omega; Deni Naumann, Copesan; John Dombrosky, Syngenta|
Pi Chi Omega, a pest management professional fraternity, provides a number of $2,000 scholarships each year to deserving entomology students at universities across the country and around the world. The NPMA Pest Management Foundation has been providing grants for the research, development and refinement of pest management tools and techniques for over 30 years.