Rybacki Memorial Golf Tournament Funds Support Cancer Research

This year, 2019, marks the 26th annual Rybacki Memorial Golf Tournament. The Tournament raises funds for the world famous Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. We interviewed Josh Belowich at the Jimmy Fund, which is the events and fundraising arm of the Cancer Institute, to learn how our donations are put to work. This is the first of two interviews profiling the tireless and enthusiastic team at Dana-Farber.

ENews: What makes Dana-Farber so special?

Josh: The Jimmy Fund, which supports Dana Farber, is unique amongst cancer charities in that it relies heavily on grassroots fundraising. Our organization runs over 700 events a year and around 160 of these are golf tournaments like the Rybacki Memorial. In 2018, with the help of participants and sponsors, our Boston Bike-a-thon raised $56million for the Institute. Dana-Farber is a sizable operation. We have 4000 employees and some 38,000 patients will receive treatment from our expert team. Last year, the institute ran 830 clinical trials. 

Enews: Where did the Jimmy Fund name come from?

Josh: The Jimmy Fund is so called because the initiative was born out of the experience of a young patient, who was nicknamed “Jimmy” for the sake of privacy. Jimmy was being treated by Dr Sidney Farber of Dana-Farber fame. Dr. Farber was a big supporter of the then Boston baseball team called the Boston Breeze.  Dr. Farber wanted to raise funds to put a tv into the ward where Jimmy was being treated, which sparked a telethon. From these small-scale beginnings, a long-standing legacy of fundraising was established. After the demise of the Boston Breeze, the Jimmy Fund was adopted by the Red Sox. In fact, this affiliation between the Fund and the Red Sox has existed since 1953, which makes it the most durable charitable relationship between a cancer hospital and a sports team in the history of the U.S. 

Enews: What is the Dana-Farber Institute best known for?

Josh: The Dana-Farber Institute focuses on treating adult and pediatric cancer patients. Our hospital is renowned for its holistic approach to beating cancer. While many places may claim they are holistic, Dana-Farber stands out amongst its peers all over the country.  Our doctors divide their time equally between research and patient care.  Our experts not only walk the wards caring for patients but they will also spend fifty percent of their days in their research labs. We like this system because it creates a continuous feedback loop for our doctors of treating patients, working on breakthrough research, conducting clinical trials and gathering bedside metrics. Dana-Farber doctors are not only clinical physicians but they are also research scientists. 

Enews: How do charitable funds assist the Institute?

Josh: We pride ourselves on treating each patient holistically and as an individual. At Dana-Farber we adopt a pillar approach to patient support and offer a total package of patient care. Funds from charitable initiatives often help provide the additional activities and support that improve the quality of life and the holistic experience that we can provide our patients. This approach is what sets Dana-Farber apart; we cater not only to a patient’s physical well-being, but also to their emotional and psycho-social well-being. Indeed, we don’t stop there. If the patient needs it then we also provide support for their caregivers and support right into their community. We will do whatever it takes to make the patient more comfortable. We don’t just drop the patient off at home after they’ve left the ward and walk away. We know from our results that it is important to continue with the hand holding and aftercare up right up to remission or as long as needed. This may mean we need to be around for them up to two or three years after the patient has been discharged. 

Enews: Where will the 2018 Rybacki Memorial funds be spent?

Josh: In recent years Larry Rybacki requested that we assign funds directly to our research activities. Raising funds for our research activities is critical for the Institute. We need money for basic research activity, which may sound vanilla, but it is an incredibly important part of all research activity in the current research climate. Research programs these days are in a Catch-22 situation- in terms of funding. A scientist may have a breakthrough research idea, but they can only get government funding once they have proof of concept and they can’t get funding to prove their concept until they have some clinical evidence to support their hypothesis. For this reason, donations and funding from tournaments like the Rybacki Memorial are essential, because they are like seed funds; they get the research over that initial hump and out into the mainstream. Fundraising initiatives have kick-started many new research programs at Dana-Farber. These funds are also used to support clinical trials and community programs, such as our mammography vans and even sunscreen dispensers on beaches in the summer. If we are not seeing patients at the hospital because we are supporting preventative educational programs, then we consider that a result. To learn more about the Rybacki Memorial Golf Tournament, please contact Cindy Dayotas at cdayotas@sigmaco.com.

Larry Rybacki’s Thoughts While Showering: Reflecting on 2018, Looking to 2019

Larry Rybacki, President

Demand has been good but still not great as we need more Millennials to buy homes; housing starts are at an “ok” level of 1.2 million annually. As you all know, I’ve already preached that 1.4 is the number needed to keep the Waterworks Industry healthy. With public spending improving in many areas (and should be more so in 2019) it was a good year for the vast majority of us, but it was not without its challenges. 

Everywhere we turn costs are going up: healthcare, freight, materials, personnel, etc, etc. By midsummer we were shipping orders with our 5th or 6th choice in carriers as the top choices were all booked up. Once we fought through the rising costs of doing business, we got hit with the tariffs of 10% that didn’t help anybody. It’s obviously a good sign for 2019 that China and the United States are talking about the possibility of either limiting further tariffs or rescinding the ones already in place. The first quarter promises to be very interesting politically. 

We, unlike the pundits on CNBC, are still bullish on the Waterworks Industry for 2019 and well into 2020 as the country is still in dire need of a comprehensive infrastructure bill that should prioritize water projects and not place them as an afterthought. This is one area both Republicans and Democrats can agree on, and should agree on, and need to agree on. 

Even with interest rates at 5% we don’t think this should be a deterrent to keeping the current pace of 1.2 – 1.3 million housing starts in 2019. My daughter Laurissa bought a new house in Hood River, Oregon and her mortgage rate was just over 5%. She was distraught as her last mortgage rate was a full point lower. I quickly informed her that her parents’ first home was financed at nearly 14% so there is a good chance she will survive. 

In closing, I want to wish all of you a very Healthy and Happy New Year. We at SIGMA are thankful for all the support you give our 300 plus employees throughout the years and we continue to make improvements in all facets of our business to make it easier for all of you to do business with us.


Sincerely Yours,

Larry Rybacki

Assistant Janitor

Price List announcement for Domestic AWWA Fittings & Accessories

January 11, 2019

Re: Price List announcement for Domestic AWWA Fittings & Accessories

Dear US Customer:

SIGMA Corporation is announcing a new Price List for Domestic AWWA Fittings and Accessories. This Price List will be posted to our website, www.sigmaco.com, on Monday, January 14, 2019.

The Price List will be effective February 25, 2019.

SIGMA’s current published multipliers will continue to be applicable to the 2019 Price List.

As always, SIGMA greatly appreciates your business and support.

Sincerely,

Greg Fox

Vice President of Sales, SIGMA Corporation

New Import Fabricator Price List Available On-Line, Effective January 14, 2019

December 3, 2018

Re: Price List announcement for Fabrication Products

Dear US Customer:

SIGMA Corporation is announcing a new Price List for Fabrication Products.  This Price List will be posted to our website, www.sigmaco.com, by Monday, December 3, 2018.

The Price List will be effective January 14, 2019.

SIGMA’s current published multipliers will continue to be applicable to the 2019 Price List. However, if the announced US Government tariff action is implemented, SIGMA will adjust multipliers to reflect these additional costs.

As always, SIGMA greatly appreciates your business and support.

Sincerely,

 

 

Greg Fox
Vice President of Sales, SIGMA Corporation

New Import MJ Accessories Price List Available On-Line, Effective January 14, 2019

November 20, 2018

Re: Price List announcement for Import MJ Accessories

Dear US Customer:

SIGMA Corporation is announcing a new Price List for Import MJ Accessories.  This Price List will be posted to our website, www.sigmaco.com, by Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

The Price List will be effective January 14, 2019.

SIGMA’s current published multipliers will continue to be applicable to the 2019 Price List. However, if the announced US Government tariff action is implemented, SIGMA will adjust multipliers to reflect these additional costs.

As always, SIGMA greatly appreciates your business and support.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Greg Fox
Vice President of Sales, SIGMA Corporation

New Import AWWA Fittings Price List Available On-Line, Effective January 14, 2019

November 6, 2018

Re: Price List announcement for Import AWWA Fittings

Dear US Customer:

SIGMA Corporation is announcing a new Price List for Import AWWA Fittings. This Price List will be posted to our website, http://www.sigmaco.com/product/waterworks-price-lists/, on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

The Price List will be effective January 14, 2019.

SIGMA’s current published multipliers will continue to be applicable to the 2019 Price List. However, if the announced US Government tariff action is implemented, SIGMA will adjust multipliers to reflect these additional costs.

This letter and its announced actions supersede SIGMA’s Price List increase announced on October 23, 2018.

As always, SIGMA greatly appreciates your business and support.

Sincerely,

 

 

Greg Fox
Vice President of Sales, SIGMA Corporation

Largest Tournament Yet!

The 2018 Rybacki Memorial Invitational teed off this weekend at the International in Boston. This year’s tournament was the largest yet with some 140 guests enjoying a weekend of golf, entertainment and industry camaraderie. According to Larry Rybacki, President of SIGMA, “We expect to clear $65k or more from our golf day. All proceeds will be donated to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and funds will be earmarked to support the research programs of Dr Freidman”.

So many friends of mine have battled cancer. We all know someone who has been afflicted. I think as you get older, we tend to take stock of our lives and giving back becomes all the more important. We’ve been thrilled by the waterworks industry’s response to the Invitational. People have gone beyond the call of duty in supporting this event”

My family and I will be forever grateful.

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If you are interested in supporting The Jimmy Fund at Dana Farber, please visit http://www.jimmyfund.org or email   lrybacki@sigmaco.com.