Officials with Ruiz Foods presented a check for $3,755 to the Room for Hope at Reba’s Ranch House. The funds were raised by employees in October during the food manufacturer’s third annual “Pink Out” day.


The Room for Hope offers wigs, scarves, hats, prayer blankets and other goods to cancer patients free of charge.


“We chose the Room for Hope due to its local connection the community,” Jeanne Ulack, ambassador for the event, said Tuesday. “Anyone affected with cancer can come in and choose a wig or something else from the room.”


On Oct. 26, employees were encouraged to wear pink in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness month. For each employee that wore pink, the company pledged to donate $5 to the nonprofit. In total, 751 employees participated in the event.


“I am extremely proud of our Ruiz Foods Denison team members,” Ulack said in a news release. “They know that together we can help fight and work to find a cure for this devastating disease.


In addition to raising money for the local nonprofit, Ulack said employees were offered information on various forms of cancer, prevention and treatment.


Ulack said the company has donated to Room for Hope for at least the past two years. In total, the company has donated $11,225 to charitable causes through its Pink Out events, she said.