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SABIAN Donates Proceeds From One Of 100 Cymbals To Make-a-wish Foundation

Donation Inspired by SABIAN Founder Bob Zildjian’s Grandson

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SABIAN has presented a check for $2,000 in support of the Make-A-Wish foundation; the money given to the organization was from the proceeds of the sale of the company’s One of 100 initiative.

The donation was presented to the foundation by Sally and Harry Teague, the daughter and grandson of SABIAN founder Bob Zildjian, at the SABIAN Factory in Meductic, New Brunswick. Accepting the check on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation was the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Owen MacNeil, as well as a Make-A-Wish family. Harry Teague was a Make-A-Wish trip recipient 10 years ago, after he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphomic Leukemia T-cell.

"It was a fantastic gathering," said MacNeil. "Having Harry Teague, the first wish recipient for Make-A-Wish Atlantic Provinces, Hailey’s family and the complete staff of SABIAN Cymbals gathered around was a wonderful demonstration of support. The generosity of employees and companies such as SABIAN is what makes our job as volunteers so fulfilling. SABIAN is not only a world leader in cymbal making, but a great community-minded company."

Harry Teague’s wish was to see Keiko the killer whale; Willy in the movie Free Willy. Keiko was living in Iceland at the time, and the Make-A-Wish foundation covered all of the accomodations and flew his family to Iceland for nine days. The family had an amazing experience
and gained a new outlook on life, and Harry realized that both he and Keiko had
to overcome extreme challenges to be set free and continue a normal life, which
inspired him to keep fighting his cancer.

Harry is
now 15, and has been cancer free for seven and a half years. His mother noted, "I often look at him and think about those cancer years and I thank God he is
alive. It was a really tough patch to go through. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish for
enabling us to forget all that was clouding our lives for a moment."

The
Make-A-Wish family accepting the check included Hailey Watson, who lives with a
condition known as "Hailey Syndrome," as there are no other documented cases of
the conditions from which she suffers. In 2008 Hailey and her family traveled
to Walt Disney World, courtesy of the Make-A-Wish foundation. After this week’s
donation, Hailey and her family were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the
SABIAN factory.

"We’re thrilled to have been able to donate the proceeds of our One of 100 cymbals to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and give back to an organization that not only brings hope and joy to children all over the world, but also has such a personal connection to the SABIAN family," noted Stacey Montgomery-Clark, Vice President of Marketing, SABIAN.

In 2008,
SABIAN buried 100 cymbals in an undisclosed location in Canada, in an
experiment to determine what effect the soil and elements would have on the
sound. Unearthed almost one year later in June 2009, the limited-edition
cymbals were sold to percussion enthusiasts from all over the world.

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