Eugene company supporting Susan G. Komen after race for cure canceled

Yogi Tea Manufacturing in Eugene has been one of the largest supporters and contributors for the race over the years.

Posted: Oct 23, 2018 5:26 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- One of the big fundraisers for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Eugene said their company will still be involved in helping to find a cure, even though the race has been canceled.

Yogi Tea Manufacturing in Eugene has been one of the largest supporters and contributors for the race over the years. KEZI spoke with the Sat Bir Khalsa, the director of global community relations and HR development with the company.

He said although the race is canceled, they will continue to support the nonprofit, which will continue its presence in Eugene through a brunch event in March.

RELATED: Susan G. Komen cancels Eugene race for 2019

"Having this more intimate event, more intimate activity, is going to be able to really focus on getting people together and giving them the opportunity to give back as much as they can,” Khalsa said. “So, the event is changing, but the mission is not shifting. The mission is to find a cure."

Khalsa said last year they had about 60 people on their team and raised $10,000.

KEZI sat down with Andy Asato the CEO of Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington on Monday.

Asato said the high expenses and the increase in charity walks every month have led to a decline in race participation. Instead of the race, they plan on hosting a "More Than Pink Brunch" in Eugene on March 30 at the Valley River Inn. He said it will still involve teams, fundraising and will continue to be an event to share inspiring stories.

A More Than Pink Walk will be held in Portland in September.

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