We have decided that EXAIR will celebrate Founder’s Day each year on February 22nd (or the closest working day) in order to commemorate the birthday of our founder, Roy Sweeney. He founded EXAIR in 1983 and was the driving force behind building the strong, successful and innovative company that EXAIR has become over the years. Today would have been his 83rd birthday.
We choose to make this day a celebration, a fond remembrance, and a day of service to others much in keeping with the values that Roy felt very strongly about. Countless individuals, churches, charities, youth groups and performing arts organizations were helped by the strong commitment to philanthropy practiced by Roy and his wife Jackie.
We here at EXAIR are blessed to have had Roy in our lives, and we want his giving spirit to live on through us. To commemorate this initial Founder’s Day, we have made significant contributions to:
· Special Olympics (www.specialolympics.org)
· Freestore Foodbank (www.freestorefoodbank.org)
· Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (www.cincinnatisymphony.org)
· Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org)
· MusiCorps (www.musicorps.net)
We fully expect to extend this new tradition next year, and in subsequent years, through further commitment to community involvement.
So as we celebrate today with cake and funny memories, we wish Roy a happy birthday. We miss having him here. We remember what he did for all of us and for countless others. And we pledge to continue his commitment to helping those who need it.
Happy Founder’s Day from everyone at EXAIR!