WEX President and CEO Melissa Smith announces gift at the 2015 Tri for a Cure Opening Ceremony
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine--(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 27, 2015-- WEX (NYSE: WEX), a leading provider of corporate payment solutions, today announced that it will continue serving as the Presenting Sponsor of the Tri for a Cure for Maine Cancer Foundation (MCF), a statewide source of cancer grant funding, through 2018.
“We are honored to put our financial support behind Maine Cancer Foundation’s Tri for a Cure,” said Melissa Smith, President and CEO of WEX. “Continuing as the Presenting Sponsor is a natural fit for WEX in that it enables us to directly support the Maine community and also support our corporate health and wellness objectives. The Tri for a Cure is a magical event and has become the largest, single-day fundraiser in the state – and with the second-highest cancer rate in the United States, it is imperative that we join together to improve the health and well-being of our families, friends and neighbors.”
"This news from Melissa Smith is the perfect finish for this year's Tri for a Cure," said Tara Hill, Executive Director of Maine Cancer Foundation. "As Presenting Sponsor of the Tri for a Cure, WEX has always been the bedrock of this incredible event. Knowing that WEX will continue this tradition of supporting the women of the Tri for a Cure, we can look forward to 2016 and beyond. We owe WEX and its employees a large debt of gratitude for their strong support as participants and volunteers."
Hill also noted that the sponsorship provided by WEX has been at the core of the Tri for a Cure since the beginning, 8 years ago. "WEX is our first and best ally in the fight against cancer. These sponsor dollars cover the costs of the event, permitting 100% of the charitable donations to go toward cancer programs, as they should. All great efforts require teamwork, planning and the ability to look ahead. We feel extremely fortunate that WEX shares our vision for a healthy and cancer-free state."
Julie Marchese and Abby Bliss co-founded Tri for a Cure in 2008 as a mechanism for Maine women to raise funds and show their support for cancer victims, patients and survivors. Marchese, a cancer survivor, and Bliss, a dedicated triathlete and volunteer, combined their passions for health and supporting MCF’s mission to create Tri for a Cure. Now an annual event, Tri for a Cure is the largest triathlon in the state of Maine with over 1,400 participants and thousands of spectators.
About WEX Inc.
WEX Inc. (NYSE: WEX) is a leading provider of corporate payment solutions. From its roots in fleet card payments beginning in 1983, WEX has expanded the scope of its business into a multi-channel provider of corporate payment solutions representing 9 million vehicles and offering exceptional payment security and control across a wide spectrum of business sectors. WEX serves a global set of customers and partners through its operations around the world, with offices in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany, Norway, and Singapore. WEX and its subsidiaries employ more than 2,000 associates. The Company has been publicly traded since 2005, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “WEX.” For more information, visit www.wexinc.com and follow WEX on Twitter at @WEXIncNews.
About Maine Cancer Foundation:
Maine Cancer Foundation was started in 1976 by a group of concerned citizens eager to do more for Maine in the fight against cancer. The Foundation provides funding to promote and support the most promising and effective cancer-fighting programs available to the people of Maine. Learn more at www.mainecancer.org
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