CEO Named Chairperson of Bear Necessities Board

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Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation announced this week that CEO and co-founder of Payline Data, Jeff Shea, would serve as this year’s chairperson of their Board of Directors.

Jeff has served on the board of Bear Necessities for the last year and a half and has embraced the cause, leading a Payline team at the annual A Walk for the Bear, and sponsoring the annual Bear Tie Ball.

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“I am proud to help represent an organization that makes a positive impact in the lives of children and their families,” Jeff said in a statement. “Many of us live very fortunate lives, and it’s our responsibility to take initiative and do what we can to improve the lives of others. I am honored to continue this mission as the Chairman of the Board.”

Bear Necessities has become an integral part of Payline’s “why” that speaks to our belief in creating a positive impact in everything we do in our business. Here at Payline, we believe that efforts and contributions made outside of the office are just as important as ones made inside it, and we relish the opportunities we are given to help the community in any way we can. Every employee looks forward to attending their annual events, and year in and year out new friendships and memories are made, with hopes that many more are in our future.

You can learn more about Bear Necessities by visiting their website or by attending one of their upcoming charity events such as 2016 Golf for the Bear, being held on Monday, August 29.

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Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in late 1992 by Kathleen A. Casey, CEO/President. The foundation is named in memory of her eight-year-old son, Barrett “Bear” Krupa, who died after a courageous five and a half year battle with Wilms Tumor, a pediatric cancer.

Prior to his death on January 9, 1993, Bear and his mother discussed and planned the formation of Bear Necessities. During his long stay in the hospital, Bear expressed more concern for other pediatric cancer patients than he did for himself. He and his mother learned of the many hidden needs of both patient, family members, and the needs of the hospital facilities as well.

Today, Bear Necessities operates two unique programs, Bear Hugs and Bear Discoveries. While the Foundation is funding cutting-edge research to end pediatric cancer, it’s also providing for the immediate needs of the children and families battling the disease.

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