Team of the Week

Team PepsiCo

Building on a long relationship with Komen and Komen Greater NYC

Team PepsiCo was founded in 2009. Its inspiration was the company credo that, together, PepsiCo employees can make a difference. “We’ve come a long way since our first Race,” said Renee Garbus, Team PepsiCo captain. “The size of the team has nearly tripled since then, and it has raised $130,000 in support of Komen Greater NYC-funded breast health programs. The trademark of our team is its determination to do more each year to help end breast cancer,” she continued.

In 2012, Team PepsiCo is stronger than ever and is setting its highest fundraising goal yet. In addition, the company has increased its commitment to the Race and Komen’s vision of a world without breast cancer. This year, PepsiCo is a Diamond Race sponsor, rising up from the Platinum level in 2011. The passion of the PepsiCo Race team is built on the foundation of the company’s long relationship with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The company has been a member of the Komen for the Cure Million Dollar Elite Council and was the presenting sponsor of last year’s Celebration of Women – Komen Greater NYC’s first Westchester event.

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Some of the inspired Team
PepsiCo members

The team is made up of PepsiCo employees and their family members and friends. “This year, eight breast cancer survivors will be leading the charge,” said Garbus. “And our mission is more personal and urgent than ever – two long-standing team members were diagnosed with breast cancer during the past year.”

Team PepsiCo recruits members by using the company’s Intranet website to encourage support and participation. It also connects with influential employee-led groups within the company. The team has been extremely successful raising funds through raffles. This year, one of the raffle prizes is tickets to the World Series!

The team is strengthened by the backing it receives from PepsiCo’s most senior executives. “We are grateful to have a leadership team that really supports the fight against breast cancer,” said Garbus. “It’s a disease that has touched so many people’s lives.”

When asked about the team’s favorite Race memory, team member Amanda Cotton Ruback cited her favorite one from 2011. “I was incredibly proud to cross the finish line and know that the money we raised together would make a real difference,” she said. “It was truly amazing to watch thousands of racers so enthused about seeing our brands represented at the Race. Watching everyone enjoying Baked Lay’s, SunChips, Quaker Chewy, Trop50 and Aquafina water, I thought to myself, Go Team PepsiCo.

“What an awesome experience!”

Team Pepisco