Plastics Organizations Donate to Education Fund

Plastics Academy, SPI and Future of Plastics Foundation have presented an initial $5,000 Check and a promise for additional contributions to the Plastics Pioneers Education Fund.

The Plastics Academy, along with SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and the Future of Plastics Foundation presented a $5,000 check to the Plastics Pioneers Association’s (PPA’s) Education Fund in support of their future education programs and scholarships.

The funds were a preliminary donation by the Plastics Academy, SPI and the Future of Plastics Foundations, which have agreed to donate 10 percent of the net proceeds from the 2015 Plastics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to the PPA Education Fund after the ceremony takes place in March.

Jay Gardiner, president of the Plastics Academy, presented the $5,000 check to the Plastics Pioneers Education Fund at the PPA’s Winter Meeting in San Antonio, TX.

“This represents a down payment on a pledge made by myself and Bill Carteaux, president and CEO of SPI, at last year’s meetings,” Gardiner said. “We plan to have an additional check presented at this year’s fall PPA meeting. The Hall of Fame gala will take place Sunday, March 22 in Orlando, Fla., which will be the one of the premier opening events for NPE: The International Plastics Showcase.”

The PPA Education Fund is administered by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Foundation, which solicits scholarship candidates and collects applications. The program is funded entirely by donations like the ones that will be awarded Saturday by the Plastics Academy, SPI and the Future of the Plastics Foundation, and the ones that these organizations have pledged to give at the PPA’s fall meeting later this year.

“Supporting plastics education through the PPA Education Fund is just one way that plastics professionals can invest in our industry’s future. By supporting the Fund, SPI, the Plastics Academy and the Future of Plastics Foundation are demonstrating our commitment to creating new opportunities for young people to discover exciting new careers in plastics,” Carteaux said. “We’re thrilled to present this $5,000 investment now, and look forward to a successful Plastics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony so that we can present those proceeds at the PPA’s fall meeting later in 2015.”

The Plastics Hall of Fame honors individuals for their contributions to the plastics industry at large. This year, the Plastics Academy, under the auspices of SPI, will welcome nine new inductees into the Plastics Hall of Fame on Sunday, March 22 at the Linda W. Chapin Theatre in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Tickets for the event can be purchased when registering for NPE2015 or from SPI’s website.