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Community Involvement

Volunteering and participating in community and industry organizations not only helps our community, but it feels good to give back. At Etap Communications, we participate in organizations that help enrich the lives of others.

Michael Pate Optical Sciences Memorial Scholarship Foundation

Etap Communications' President, Ashley Backhus, is the co-founder of this scholarship foundation and runs the fundraising, scholarship solicitation and communications efforts in order to disburse one annual scholarship of $1,000 to a qualified optics industry student. This foundation began in 2010 in honor of Ashley's father, Michael Pate, an optical engineer who had a passion for education and the optics industry and more than 30 patents to his name. The Michael Pate Optical Sciences Memorial Scholarship Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce

Ashley was the 2014 Chair of the Golf Tournament Task Force. This fundraising golf tournament not only raises money for the Chamber, but also for a local 501(c)(3) in the community.

Race 4 Domestic Violence Prevention

Colette currently helps manage this organization's social media profile, especially as it relates to the annual 5k fundraising event. Learn more about Race 4 DVP here.