Leading Local Financial Firm Reinvests in Healthy Lungs

Continues support to Lung Association’s efforts in Kansas and Greater Kansas City area

The American Lung Association in Kansas & Greater Kansas City announced that Empower, for the 6th consecutive year, signed on as the presenting sponsor of the 2022 Fight For Air Climb at Children’s Mercy Park, home of Sporting Kansas City, on June 11th. 

“Through events like the Climb, we can fund our work to improve air quality, educate residents on lung health and help people who suffer from lung disease in our community,” said Linda Crider, executive director of the Lung Association. “But we can't do it alone. From funding asthma education, to delivering lung cancer resources, it is because of partnerships like we have with Empower that we’re able to help improve people’s lung health daily.”

Nearly 1.4 million people suffer from lung disease in Kansas and Missouri, and this year alone, it is estimated that 2,190 Kansas residents and 5,690 Missouri residents will be diagnosed with lung cancer. The Fight For Air Climb attracts hundreds of individuals, families and corporate teams to race up thousands of steps to raise awareness and funds to help end lung disease. This year’s event features a new multi-climb challenge for participants.

“Empower is pleased to sponsor this important event and support the American Lung Association’s ongoing work to promote healthy lungs and advocate for strong laws, rules and policies that improve lung health and clean the air we breathe,” said Steve Jenks, chief marketing officer of Empower. “The annual climb is a great activity that brings the community together around health and quality of life. We cannot think of a better way to spend a day that is fun and advances crucial work and research.”

89 cents of every dollar raised at the Climb goes directly to programs, services and research in Kansas and Greater Kansas City. Visit FightForAirClimb.org/KansasCity for more information and to register for the event.

The Lung Association strongly recommends that all Climb participants be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Participants, volunteers, and staff are encouraged to wear a mask in high traffic areas at the event. The organization will continue to closely monitor public health conditions and CDC guidelines related to COVID-19.

About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.

About Empower 
Headquartered in metro Denver, Empower administers approximately $1.4 trillion in assets1 for more than 17 million retirement plan participants and is the nation’s second-largest retirement plan recordkeeper by total participants.2 Empower serves all segments of the employer-sponsored retirement plan market: government 457 plans; small, mid-size and large corporate 401(k) clients; nonprofit 403 (b) entities; private-label recordkeeping clients; and IRA customers. Personal Capital, a subsidiary of Empower, is an industry-leading hybrid wealth manager. For more information please visit empower.com and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

1 As of April 1, 2022. Information refers to all retirement business of Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company (GWLA) and its subsidiaries, including Empower Retirement, LLC; Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company of New York (GWLANY); and Prudential Retirement Insurance & Annuity Company (PRIAC), marketed under the Empower brand. Assets represents the estimated consolidated pro forma assets under administration (AUA) of Empower and the full-service retirement business of Prudential Financial, Inc., as of December 31, 2021. AUA is a non-GAAP measure and does not reflect the financial stability or strength of a company. As of December 31, 2021, GWLA’s statutory assets total $75.9B and liabilities total $73.0B, GWLANY’s statutory assets total $4.1B and liabilities total $3.9B, and PRIAC’s statutory assets total $100.329B and liabilities total $98.793B.
2 Pension & Investments 2020 Defined Contribution Survey Ranking as of April 2021.

For more information, contact:

Dana Kauffman
[email protected]

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