MARTINS FERRY After receiving the Spotlight Dealership award from the Members Only Autogroup, Staffilino Chevrolet presented a $2,000 check to the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days Program.
Between Nov. 1-5 , Staffilino donated $50 for each car sold to the American Cancer Society. They also donated proceeds from a special drawing to the cause.
"We (chose) the American Cancer Society because we have lost five family members to cancer over the years and we felt it was a very good cause," Joseph Staffilino said.
Chelsea Edwards, staff partner for the American Cancer Society, said she was overwhelmed by Staffilino's generosity. The $2,000 donation will sponsor the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days of Belmont County, a new campaign for the area.
"When I was given the opportunity to start a Daffodil Days campaign here in the Ohio Valley, I knew it would be a success because of people like Richie Vince (sales manager at Staffilino) and the Staffilino family. This donation shows the generosity and heart that the people of Belmont County have," Joseph Staffilino said.
Daffodil Days is one of the American Cancer Society's oldest and most beloved fundraising programs. Since 1973, Daffodil Days has empowered people everyone from school children to corporate CEOs to make a difference in the fight against cancer by raising funds and awareness to help beat the disease, according to officials.
The daffodil is the first flower of spring and is the perennial American Cancer Society symbol of hope for cancer patients throughout the community. The dollars raised through Daffodil Days enable the American Cancer Society to save more lives and create more birthdays by helping people get well and stay well by finding cures and fighting back, officials said.
Last year in the East Central Division, more than $4 million was raised and more than 16,000 daffodil orders were placed. Belmont County will add to that success in 2012 with a new campaign.
"In the past, Daffodil Days has been a fundraiser available to our Relay For Life teams. We are so excited to make Daffodil Days a stand-alone effort in Belmont County and watch how much it grows," said Edwards.
Daffodil Days orders will arrive during the week of March 19. Anyone in Belmont County interested in taking orders at their place of business, worship or their school should contact Chelsea Edwards at (888) 227-6446 or firstname.lastname@example.org.