All American Waste marked the success of its matching gift challenge to the Closer to Free Fund for cancer care and research with a $25,000 check presentation to Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center. All American Waste announced the inaugural Matching Gift Challenge for the Closer to Free Fund in November of 2020. All American pledged to match up to $25,000 in donations made during the campaign – which doubled the power of contributions. Since the Challenge was announced, the campaign has raised over $95,000, far exceeding the initial goal.

“Cancer has impacted our families, our loved ones, and our communities for far too long,” said Frank M. Antonacci, COO of All American Waste. “As long-time supporters of Smilow we were so gratified to see others rise to this challenge and help advance research to find new ways to treat and ultimately beat cancer.”

The goal of this fund is to make a meaningful difference in the community by investing in cancer care and research. All donations made to the Closer to Free Fund support the mission to pursue the latest advances in cancer research at Yale Cancer Center, develop promising new cancer treatments, and make these therapies available as quickly as possible to patients at Smilow Cancer Hospital. Scientists and physicians at these institutions are working together to advance the field of cancer care redefining how cancer care is provided throughout the country and around the world.

“We are so grateful to All American Waste for partnering with us for the first Closer to Free Fund matching gift challenge. The tremendous success of this initiative will have an immediate impact on our efforts to advance cancer research and therapies,” said Kevin Walsh, Vice President of Development, Yale New Haven Hospital.

In addition to the matching gift challenge, All American Waste has been a Premier level supporter of the Closer to Free Bike Ride since its first event 11 years ago. All American has also supported the capital campaign for the construction of Smilow Cancer Hospital and funding for improvements to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital’s New Intensive Care Unit during the First for the Future campaign.

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