Rich’s Sponsors Girls Education Collaborative Fundraiser with New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof

Buffalo, NY, December 3, 2014 – Rich Products Corporation served as lead sponsor for the Girls Education Collaborative’s (GEC) fundraising event on December 2 at Kleinhans Music Hall that featured New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof. The presentation, “Our Path Appears: A Conversation with Nick Kristof,” benefited the GEC, a nonprofit organization in Buffalo, in its mission to build a school for girls in Tanzania and continue organizing other educational initiatives around the world.

Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, discussed his latest book, “A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity,” which he co-authored with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn. The book relates how individuals are solving once intractable challenges, locally and globally, and explores ways in which all people can create positive change.

“Rich’s has been a strong supporter of the advancement of women in their careers, not only in our own organization, but also across the broader food industry here in the U.S.,” said Bill Gisel, Rich’s President and CEO.  “As a growing global enterprise with business in many emerging markets, Rich’s is proud to support the Girl’s Education Collaborative and its mission to create valuable educational opportunities for underprivileged women and girls around the world.”

Rich’s, with more than 9,300 associates around the world who regularly devote time and talent where they live and work as part of the company’s “Better Our Communities” family value, provided funding to organize and promote the event and supports other GEC programs.

The GEC works with local communities in rural areas of developing countries to help create opportunities for girls where few exist. The organization’s current project is in Kitenga, a village in northern Tanzania, where they are helping the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa build a residential school for girls.