ABX Air Relay For Life Team Second in Ohio

Team is Seventh in the Nation


ABX Air President Joe Hete and ABX Relay Team
Co-Captain Angie Poppaw with the National Top
Team trophy.

WILMINGTON, OH - December 28, 2004 - The ABX Air Relay for Life Team gathered more support in 2004 than ever before, netting $67,000 in donations for the American Cancer Society (ACS) event. That total earned the team the number two spot in all of Ohio and a seventh place ranking in the nation.

"Employees and management have been very supportive," said Angie Poppaw, one of the team co-captains. "Everyone supported our fundraisers all year - from pancake breakfasts to book sales and even an auction at our annual picnic."

Relay for Life teams can raise funds from October 1 through September the following year. All donations are then tallied and team placements are awarded at a ceremony in mid-October.

"Many people are touched during their lives by someone with cancer, and ABX employees are no different," continued Poppaw. "They support the team's events because they want to support not just our team, but the cause for our team."

Over the past several years including team and corporate donations, ABX Air has donated over $600,000 to the ACS for use in funding research to prevent and treat cancer. This is the second year ABX Air has been recognized as a top team in the state, also earning the Purple Award in 2003.


ACS Representative Michele Runge presented ABX Air
Executives and Team Captains with the National Top
Team trophy and banner. Pictured above with Michele
are ABX Representatives: Gene Rhodes, Tom Poynter,
Shari Brucken, Angie Poppaw, Michelle, Janelle Smart,
Jeff Smart and Joe Hete.

Many ABX Air employees are involved with the team activities and with the organization countywide. ABX employees Shari Brucken, Norm Hansel, Sherri Krazl, Jeff Smart and Janelle Smart were all involved in the county Relay for Life event.

While teams are already working on next year's fund raising, the official kick-off for the 2005 Relay for Life is planned for Jan. 20, 2005, at 6:30 p.m. at the Roberts Arena. The 2005 theme is United We Stand Against Cancer.

ABX Air is a cargo airline with a fleet of 115 aircraft that operates out of Wilmington, Ohio, and 18 hubs throughout the United States. In addition to providing airlift capacity and sort facility staffing to DHL, ABX Air provides charter and maintenance services to a diverse group of customers. With over 7,000 employees, ABX is the largest employer in a several county area in southwestern Ohio.

For more information, contact ABX Air