After winning a company-wide fitness competition, York County-based pharmaceutical marketing and patient communication agency Snow Companies donated $20,000 to the Rare Cancer Research Foundation.
Snow Companies, which was purchased by Omnicom Health Group last February, won $20,000 to donate to the charity of its choice after winning first place in Omnicom’s OHGfit Challenge, according to a news release. The competition challenged employees at Omnicom-owned companies to log as many steps per day as possible with a fitness tracker.
Snow Companies Founder and CEO Brenda Snow said the challenge brought her staff closer together and went toward a good cause.
“OHGfit was an amazing team building opportunity for us,” she said in the release. “We all became more health conscious, and some of us even became aware of major health issues they needed to take care of.”
The company with the highest average step count across all of its employees for the month of October was given the opportunity to donate its prize money to a charity or non-profit. With more than 100 employees participating in the challenge, Snow Companies logged 354,133 steps on average per participant.
Corbin Wood, COO of Snow Companies said that the Rare Cancer Research Foundation was selected after internal deliberation, but that the foundation’s Pattern.org initiative that allows patients to donate tissue and medical data to research stood out.
“In our daily work, we come across many fantastic nonprofits, and we found RCRF to be deserving because they demonstrated their commitment to serving patients, just like Snow does,” he said.
RCRF founder and chairman Mark Laabs and Barbara Van Hare, director of Foundation Partnerships at RCRF, explained the organization’s advances efforts to develop new and better therapies to treat cancer patients.
“As a survivor of ocular melanoma, I’m acutely aware of the challenges and anxieties those affected by rare cancers go through,” Laabs said in the release. “RCRF and Snow Companies share a passion for putting patients at the center of research and treatment innovation.”
For more information about Snow Companies, visit snow-companies.com/en/home.
At a penny more expensive than last week, the national gas price average has increased for the first time since last October, according to the latest report from AAA.
The national pricing average sat at $2.24 per gallon Thursday, 1 cent higher than last week’s average but still 13 cents cheaper than last month and a 29-cent drop from this time last year.
In Virginia, prices have also begun to creep upward. Thursday’s state average was $2.03 per gallon, a penny more expensive than last week. Despite the small increase, the average price across the state is still 14 cents less than prices last month and a 32 cents cheaper than in January 2018.
Overall, gasoline demand has stayed low in recent weeks, according to the report, which has helped to gas prices lower despite increasing crude prices.
AAA’s gas pricing website reports Thursday’s averages for James City County were slightly lower than the state average at $2 per gallon, while York’s averages were even lower at $1.95 per gallon.
According to crowdsource gas pricing website GasBuddy, Williamsburg motorists can expect to pay as low as $1.93 per gallon at the 7-Eleven on Bypass Road, or as high as $2.19 per gallon at the BP station on Richmond Road.
“The price of crude oil has been slowly, but steadily increasing since the beginning of the year, which is starting to push up pump prices,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokeswoman. “The price per barrel increased $3 from last Monday to close on Friday to settle at $51 per barrel.”
For more information on national and state gas price averages, visit gasprices.aaa.com.
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