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Cutco Foundation

The purpose of the Cutco Foundation is to provide Cutco Corp. and its subsidiaries - Cutco Cutlery, Vector Marketing, Ka-Bar and Schilling Forge - a mechanism for contributing to the growth and betterment of the society in which the employees live and work.

The Cutco Foundation was established in 1996 to better manage a portion of the charitable pursuits of Cutco. Foundation officials strive to fulfill its mission of improving three key areas:

Education
Over the years the Foundation has supported education by honoring teachers with Awards of Excellence and awarding project grants to individual local schools.

Community Quality of Life
The Foundation provides continual support in attracting and developing programs in music and the arts in the community. The goal is to add to the quality of the community and citizensí lifestyle.

Support of Key Community Organizations
A good corporate citizen, Cutco strives to keep the community growing and provide for the people. Areas of contribution include medical support, special education and regional promotion.

Among the schools and organizations that have benefited from the generosity of the Cutco Foundation include:

St. Bonaventure UniversitySouthern Tier Catholic Schools
Friends of Good MusicJamestown Community College
Comstock Hospice Care NetworkAlfred University
Olean General HospitalAllegheny River Valley Trail


Alfred University Entrepreneurial Leadership Series

A major effort directed by the Cutco Foundation is the Annual Lecture on Entrepreneurial Leadership at Alfred University. The lecture is made possible through an endowment to the university from Erick and Marianne Laine and its goal is to attract nationally prominent entrepreneurial leaders to campus to meet with students, faculty and friends of the school.

Past speakers include:
2006 - James R. Houghton, chairman of the board for Corning Inc.
2005 - Richard Smucker, co-CEO and CFO of the J.M. Smucker Co.
2004 - Andrea Jung, chairman of the board and CEO at Avon.
2003 - Doris Christopher, founder and chairman of The Pampered Chef.
2002 - Peter Cuneo, then-president and CEO of Marvel Enterprises Inc.
2001 - David Oreck, chairman of the Oreck Corp.
2000 - Tami Longaberger, president of the Longaberger Company.


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