Rayonier Advanced Materials golf tournament raises $79,400 for United Way

Media Release
United Way of Northeast Florida
Sarah Henderson, Director, Marketing and Communications
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Rayonier Advanced Materials
Ryan Houck, Media Contact
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February 12, 2018 2:00 p.m.


United Way of Northeast Florida announced today that longstanding partner, Rayonier Advanced Materials, raised a record $79,400 for United Way during their 13th annual golf tournament.

The United Way of Northeast Florida Charity Golf Tournament took place back in
October at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Organized by the Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) Fernandina Beach Plant, more than 200 players participated this year including RYAM employees from Northeast Florida and South Georgia, RYAM suppliers and business partners, United Way staff, friends and family.

“The tournament is a passion of ours,” said Jeff Scott, RYAM’s engineering manager, who has organized the event for 13 years, with RYAM’s Rhonda Blake. “Knowing the proceeds go to some of the most worthwhile nonprofits in
Fernandina Beach and Nassau County makes every tournament more rewarding than the last.”

Over the life of the event, the tournament has raised $501,000 for United Way and its partner agencies.

“We don’t just work here, we live here,” said C.A. McDonald, RYAM’s Fernandina plant general manager. “Our partnership with United Way began decades ago, and it’s been a pleasure working together to help our neighbors and strengthen our community.”

The funds raised through this golf tournament will help improve the lives of hardworking individuals and families in Fernandina Beach and across Nassau County through United Way and its partners.

“The Rayonier Advanced Materials team is an incredible asset to Nassau County and, through this support and partnership with United Way, they are changing lives, too,” said Michelle Braun, president and CEO of United Way of Northeast Florida. “We are so grateful for their gift – as are the thousands of people in need who benefit from their generosity.”

About Rayonier Advanced Materials
Rayonier Advanced Materials is the leading global supplier of high-purity, cellulose specialties natural polymers for the chemical industry. Working closely with its customers, the company engineers natural polymeric chemical chains to create dozens of customized high-purity performance fibers at its plants in Florida and Georgia. Rayonier Advanced Materials’ intellectual property and manufacturing processes have been developed over 85 years, resulting in unique properties and very high quality and consistency. The company’s facilities can produce up to 675,000 metric tons of cellulose specialties products for use in a wide range of industrial and consumer products such as filters, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Rayonier Advanced Materials is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 50 exporters and delivers products to 79 ports around the world, serving customers in 20 countries across five continents. More information is available at RayonierAM.com.

About United Way of Northeast Florida
Found in 1924, United Way of Northeast Florida has earned a reputation as a respected and efficient philanthropic organization. United Way envisions a community of opportunity where everyone has hope and can reach their full potential. Because change doesn’t happen alone, United Way’s mission is to solve Northeast Florida’s toughest challenges by connecting people, resources and ideas. The nonprofit organization’s long tradition of addressing the humanservice needs in Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau and Northern St. Johns counties is made possible through the commitment of thousands of volunteers, donors and community partners. To learn more, visit unitedwaynefl.org or follow @unitedwaynefl on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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