MONROE, Ga. — Employees at Walton Electric Membership Corporation are celebrating National Co-op Month by contributing $14,000 to support local breast cancer programs.
The electric cooperative’s employees donated proceeds from the Charity Sporting Clays Shoot to the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. The donation will help fund grants to provide screening, early detection, counseling, education and support services to those battling breast cancer.
Held at the world-class Cherokee Rose Gun Club near Griffin, the 2014 competition attracted 32 teams from across the state. This is the fourth year for the clay-shooting contest, which has raked in $45,000 to benefit local charities.
“Concern for community is one of the principles that distinguish the cooperative way of doing business,” said Kathy Ivie, Walton EMC community specialist. “Because October is both National Co-op Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s a wonderful time for Walton’s employees to demonstrate how we care for the communities we serve.”
Walton EMC provides electric service to 121,000 residential and business accounts in a 10-county area between Atlanta and Athens. Because its customers own the company, service — not profit — is Walton EMC's primary focus.