Wins Western Montana’s Real Men Wear Pink Campaign
Tom Stergios and the leadership team at Advanced Technology Group wore pink every day during October. Fashionably dressed in pink socks, pink shirts, and pink accessories, the team led ATG’s efforts in the American Cancer Society’s “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign and won the Western Montana competition.
In October of 2016, more than 2,000 community leaders across the U.S. participated in Real Men Wear Pink to build awareness and raise funds to fight breast cancer. This was the first year that Montana participated in the campaign.
One of the most popular fundraisers at ATG was “Buy to Pie,” according to Brittany Quick, a representative for the American Cancer Society’s Great West Division, which includes Montana and 11 other western states. Employees nominated coworkers and bid to “pie” them in the face with a whipped cream pie at the Friday team meetings.
“We were looking for ways for people to get creative, and ATG found a really creative way to raise funds,” Quick said. “It was enormously successful. Everyone got involved, and it built so much camaraderie.”
According to Kymberly Corwin, ATG’s practice leader of Managed Services, getting “pie-d” was a messy experience. “I was willing to take one for the team,” she said with a laugh. “Raising money for breast cancer, a disease that impacts daughters, wives, mothers, sisters, and friends everywhere, is a very worthwhile cause.”
For Stergios, ATG’s vice president of Quote-to-Cash and general manager of the Missoula Solutions Center, supporting the American Cancer Society’s efforts to fund groundbreaking research, prevent, and treat breast cancer is highly important.
“Cancer pisses me off,” said Stergios who has a personal connection to the cause because of a family member being diagnosed with breast cancer. “I am tired of the pain, the suffering, and the angst that it inflicts. I don’t have an answer, antidote, or cure, but feel I can direct my frustration to awareness, fundraising, and a spirit of support and fellowship for the community of cancer victims and survivors and their families.”