Miami, FL (PRWEB) September 10, 2013
Representatives from Waste Management (WM) donned red and white baseball caps at Friday night’s Marlins vs. Nationals game and joined four local students on the baseball diamond for a check presentation before the first pitch of the game.
But the South Florida-based WM representatives weren’t favoring the visiting team’s colors – they had another reason to wear red and white.
Waste Management is a long-time supporter of the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program, which provides K-12 scholarships for low-income Florida students, and arranged a check presentation at the game to show the company’s continuing support of the program.
The oversized cardboard check read: “$4.5 million,” which will equate to nearly 895 scholarships for the 2013-14 school year.
Since joining Step Up For Students in 2007, Waste Management has contributed more than $16 million to the program, and the company’s 2013 pledge of $4.5 million will bring the total to more than $20 million.
“At Waste Management, we are committed to making the communities where we do business better places to work and live,” said Waste Management Community Affairs Manager Dawn McCormick. “We see our involvement with Step Up For Students as an extension of that commitment, and are proud to help almost 900 Florida families find the school that best fits their child’s needs this school year.”
Step Up For Students, the nonprofit organization that administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, anticipates serving more than 60,000 low-income students across the state during the 2013-14 school year.
“We are very grateful for the leadership at Waste Management and the company’s support of equal educational opportunities for Florida’s youth,” said Doug Tuthill, president of Step Up For Students. “Waste Management’s community involvement is very impressive, and we can’t think of a better way to ensure success in a community than to make sure its future leaders are well prepared and well educated.”
Through the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, corporations with certain types of tax liabilities may redirect the tax to fund scholarships, and receive 100 percent tax credit for the contributions.
About Waste Management, Inc.
Waste Management, Inc. is North America’s leading provider of integrated environmental solutions. Waste Management partners with customers and communities to manage and reduce waste from collection to disposal while recovering valuable resources and creating clean, renewable energy.
About Step Up For Students
Step Up For Students is the nonprofit organization responsible for administering the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program. The scholarship program is available to students who qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch and provides tuition assistance to the private school of their parents’ choice or transportation help to an out-of-district public school. Scholarships are funded by corporations that receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their contributions. For more information, visit http://www.stepupforstudents.org.
About the Miami Marlins
The Miami Marlins were granted a Major League Baseball franchise on July 5, 1991. The Club’s first game and win was on April 5, 1993 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Club was originally named the Florida Marlins until November 11, 2011 when they officially became the Miami Marlins. The Marlins opened their state-of-the-art, retractable roof ballpark in Miami in March 2012. The Marlins won their first of two World Series Championships in 1997 in the deciding game of seven-game series over the Cleveland Indians. At the time, the Marlins became the quickest expansion franchise ever to win a title in Major League Baseball history. The Marlins won their second World Championship in 2003 in six games over the New York Yankees. Since 1993, the Marlins have been awarded two Manager of the Year awards, three Rookie of the Year awards, seven Silver Sluggers, nine Gold Gloves and have had 39 representatives at the All-Star Game. The Miami Marlins, L.P. are owned by Jeffrey H. Loria who officially purchased the franchise on February 16, 2002.
Step Up For Students: Ashley McDuffie
amcduffie(at)sufs(dot)org | (813) 463-8950
Waste Management: Dawn McCormick
dmccormick(at)wm(dot)com | (954) 984-2041