June 27, 2016

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Landscapers in pink donating $5 to Susan G. Komen Foundation for Facebook photos

GRAFTON — Landscapers cutting grass in pink T-shirts is not the norm, but for this month — breast cancer awareness month — field workers with Southwest Landscape Management will don the color synonymous with the woman’s disease.

If you see them, you should take a picture.

No, seriously.

Greg Taylor, the company’s operations manager, said he really hopes people will take pictures and lots of them because for every photo uploaded to the company’s Facebook page, a $5 donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation will be made.


“We’re hoping this really takes off because we know a lot of people see us,” Taylor said. “We are a commercial landscape maintenance company that is everywhere from Costco in Avon to a retirement facility in Middleburg Heights. We stretch as far west as Amherst, east as Brecksville and everywhere in between.”


Nick Clark, of Southwest Landscape Management, wears a pink shirt while working a job at Wendy’s in Elyria. Southwest Landscape Management will its Facebook page to Susan G. Komen. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Knowing the money will toward women’s health, Taylor said, most employees have been good about wearing the shirts.

“But you know there were a couple of guys that are sort of manly and didn’t want to wear the pink T-shirts,” he said. “We just let them know it’s not an option. We are doing this for a good cause.”

This is the first time Southwest has fundraised for breast cancer. A year ago, workers volunteered their time on Gates Avenue during the “Building Better Neighborhoods” project sponsored by WEWS NewsChannel 5, the city of Elyria and a bunch of local organizations.

“But it has us thinking. Maybe next year we can do a race or walk,” Taylor said.

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About Lisa Roberson

Lisa Roberson has been with the Chronicle since 2006, and covers Elyria city government and public education. She can be reached at 329-7121 or LRoberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter.