The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey was pleased to learn that a collaboration between its members resulted in a $7,500 donation to the Tackle Kids Cancer program run by the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack Meridian Health.
Glenn Laga, president of Guardian Data Destruction and a long-time, active member of CIANJ, made the donation after being impressed with the excellent work done by Tackle Kids Cancer in helping provide clinical care, support services and research efforts to find a cure for children’s cancer.
The backstory to the donation began three years ago at CIANJ’s Annual Luncheon when Laga met David Spano, market vice president of Konica Minolta, another CIANJ member. Konica Minolta did work for Hackensack Meridian and Laga learned about Hackensack Meridian through Spano. Laga developed a program for the proper disposal of the sensitive data on the hard drives in the printers and copiers supplied to the hospital by Konica Minolta. The program has been operating successfully for more than a year.
Laga invited Spano and CIANJ President Anthony Russo to join in when he presented the donation to Tackle Kids Cancer. “This is an example of the value of CIANJ and how members can work together for the betterment of the local community,” Laga said.