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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Ted Moroz, Prez of Ontario Beer Store and Team Make a Difference

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This evening I received a note from Ted Moroz, President of the Beer Store system in Ontario. He was recounting the reasons that he and his team engage in an annual fundraising effort for Leukemia and Lymphoma research. I will let you read it for yourself. It is a terrific reflection on how we can make a difference for those in need. Thanks for sharing Ted and thanks for letting me share on our blog. Cheers to the difference that you and the employees and customers of the Beer Store continue to make.

Here it is…

“Why do I raise funds to fight Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Blood Cancers?

A couple of years ago, while participating in our annual “Returns for Leukemia” bottle drive at the Alliston Beer Store, I noticed members of our team approach a mom and her little boy, who were beginning to pile empties on a cart, to explain what we were doing – collecting empty beer, wine and liquor containers and cashing them in to donate to blood cancer research. The mom replied that her young son, who we figured was about 9 or 10, had just spent several hours cleaning up the garage and gathering up the empties so the refund coming back was rightfully his. We smiled understandingly and started to help them with the empties regardless. We were out of earshot, but saw the little boy tug on his mom’s sleeve and she bent down to speak with him. The mom rose to look at us with a tear in her eye and she relayed that her little boy had a friend at school who was sick with Leukemia and he wanted to donate these empties to help his friend.

A few months ago, a very close friend and one of the best bosses I ever had buried his son after he lost his battle with Lymphoma. I don’t think any parent should ever have to bury her or his own child and experience such unbearable agony.

There is an employee at our Brampton distribution centre by the name of Chris Bidner. And Chris’s wife Jane is also a beer store employee and 12R24 member who works at one of our Guelph locations. Besides being all round nice people, Chris and Jane have always been big supporters of our annual fundraising campaigns and Chris is a real go-getter when it comes to raising the bar and encouraging his co-workers at Brampton DC to help out. Chris and Jane’s four year-old grandson Nevan has been diagnosed with Leukemia and will endure treatments for the next 2 years.

Last year at the Quarter Century meeting, a celebration we have for employees upon achieving twenty five years of service, I ran into Jim Silva and his wife Margaret. Jim is a store manager in Toronto. Margaret went on to tell me how proud she was that her husband’s company, along with UFCW Local 12R24, raised so much for Leukemia research. Their 18 year old daughter Samantha, who had just started school at the University of Guelph, and had made the Lacrosse team, had been diagnosed with Leukemia. Samantha is in remission thanks to the advances of modern day research and returned to Guelph last year helping her Lacrosse team make it to the finals. Jim also wanted to pass along how vitally important it is to donate blood.

So why do I help raise funds for Leukemia research? I do it so little kids can just be little kids and not have to worry or see their friends have leukemia. I do it so parents do not have to bury their children who have succumbed to the awful diseases. I do it so Jane and Chris Bidner can watch their grandchild grow and other four year olds do not have to go through multiple years of chemotherapy. I do it so that Jim and Margaret can cheer on Samantha and her lacrosse team. That’s why.

This past year, The Beer Store and Local 12R24 raised over $1.7 million in the fight against blood cancers. Next year’s campaign is officially underway and I am going to once again run a half marathon (21K) to help out and raise money for the fight.

If you have already made a donation to someone on our team or your company has already donated then I apologize for sending this to you. Thank you and by all means “delete’. But if you have not donated and would like to make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLSC’s mission, that would be greatly appreciated. I hope you’ll visit my web site. Cheers and thank you for your support!

Ted Moroz

You can help support me by making a secure online donation using your credit card. Click on the link below:

Ted’s Pledge Page

You will receive an email confirmation, along with your tax receipt for your donation and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation. I thank you in advance for your support, and really appreciate your generosity!!”

Thanks Ted ! @MolsonFerg



Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

The Beer Store Bottle Drive May 29-30

The Beer Store

The Beer Store in Ontario and members of Local 12R24 will be taking back returns for Leukemia and Lymphoma this coming Saturday and Sunday, May 29th and 30th. Volunteers will be posted at all 440 Beer Stores across Ontario, to invite customers to donate returns from their empty bottles (any and all beer, wine, spirits containers) to Leukemia research. 100% of the money will be sent directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Canada, to support research in Canada.

2,000 volunteers, many of whom are giving up their shift at work to try to help fund a cure for this disease. This could be the biggest bottle drive in the world (and they are currently registering it with The Guinness World Book of Records). Let’s spread the word about this unique bottle drive at The Beer Store and help them make a difference.

This is the 5th bottle drive. results reported year one $220,000, year two $500,001, year three $647,913 , and last year raised $830,007 totaling over $2 million dollars. One year – maybe this year, they can raise $1,000,000. It’s only as successful as beverage alcohol drinkers in Ontario make it by taking back their empties.

Cheers to the management and staff at The Beer Store for this wonderful initiative. @MolsonFerg

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

The Beer Store Bottle Drive Success

Special thanks to Ontarians for your generosity on May 23rd. Pictured here are NickPortcellato from Sleeman, Member of Provincial Parliament for Guelph, Liz Sandals – Ken Campbell from Molson and Chair of theThe Beer Store board and District Manager for The Beer Store Catherine Turchyn. Thanks also are extended to many MPP’s, MP’s, Mayors and Councillors who came out and rallied support for the cause.

Through the Beer Store bottle drive you have helped raise $830,007.68 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Research. This initiative is the third year that The Beer Store management and staff have joined with the Beer Store employees UFCW local 12R24 and generous Ontarians who donated a portion of the deposit for beverage alcohol containers in Ontario. Just over $650,000 was raised last year. This is a huge jump in success for the campaign. Along with The Beer Store and Local 12R24, beer industry companies participating included Molson, Labatt, Sleeman and Moosehead. Hats off to all that participated. @MolsonFerg

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

The Beer Store Bottle Drive For Leukemia May 23-24


TBS leukemia drive 09, originally uploaded by Molson Blog.

A reminder that The Beer Store locations across Ontario will be calling upon Ontarians to donate your bottle return deposits to support Leukemia and Lymphoma research – this Saturday and Sunday May 23,24.

Management, staff and the UFCW local 12R24 union members are joining together in an effort to exceed the $650,000 raised last year. Molson is proud to salute the efforts of the The Beer Store in helping to make a difference in the broader community and thank our customers and those returning wine and spirit containers for playing a part in this initiative. A reminder as well that all beverage alcohol containers are returnable for a deposit at your local beer store. This includes tetra, plastic and small ready to drink containers as well. Thanks for helping make a difference in the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma. Cheers ! @MolsonFerg

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

The Beer Store Ontario Leukemia Bottle Drive


TBS leukemia drive 09, originally uploaded by Molson Blog.

On Saturday and Sunday May 23 and 24,”The Beer Store” in your local communities across Ontario, will be accepting donations from your empties in the second annual Beer Store drive for Leukemia and Lymphoma.

The Beer Store and its employee union, UFCW Local 12R24 are joining together the second annaul province wide initiative to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.

In the first year of this special weekend initiative the weekend bottle drive resulted in a total of $650,000 in support of this important cause.

So Ontarians…it will be up to you to surpass the base from last year and help make a difference in your community. A reminder that all beverage alcohol containers are accepted and that includes all containers from products that you purchase at the LCBO and The Beer Store and yes that does include tetra pack, plastic and other small containers that you might have put in your blue box in the past. All beverage alcohol containers in Ontario have a deposit applied and you can get that deposit back at The Beer Store.

More details at this site.

Cheers to a great weekend in support of Leukemia and Lymphoma May 23 and 24. @MolsonFerg