Vendor NewsErgodyne hosted its sixteenth annual 65 Roses Golf Classic: A Tenacious Tournament™ on Monday, July 15, 2013 in Prior Lake, Minnesota at the Legends Golf Club. This highly anticipated, premier safety industry fundraiser provides an opportunity for leading manufacturers, distributors, reps and, end users from all over the country to come together and raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). Primary sponsors of the 2013 tournament included 3M, Superior 3rd Party Logistics, the Votel Family Foundation, ISK Industries, JDF Associates, and Sqwincher.

Each year the tournament grows more and more effective in its efforts to raise funds for CFF and connect the safety industry for this worthy cause. The sold out event included lunch and 18-holes of golf, as well as amazing prizes, games, raffle items, dinner and a live auction. Thanks to the generosity of friends in the safety industry and beyond, top auction items included: a one week trip to Quechee Lakes, a Vermont getaway, a St. Augustine Golfer's Fantasy Vacation, sports tickets, wine packages – and more!

"With the help of the safety community, this year we raised over $230,000 dollars for cystic fibrosis (CF) research," said Tom Votel, president and CEO of Ergodyne. "And after 16 tenacious years, we couldn’t be prouder to announce that we have raised a grand total of more than $2.6 million dollars. A heartfelt thank you all those who participated and supported this worthy cause."

At the dinner and live auction on Monday, Chelsea Votel, daughter of Tom Votel, spoke to how the revolutionary new drug Kalydeco™ (addresses a gene found in 4% of the CF population) has changed the trajectory of her life by correcting the basic genetic defect of CF. Chelsea encouraged attendees to open their hearts and dig deep to continue to help fight for the next promising drug in the pipeline, addressing the most common gene which 96% of CF patients carry.

For more information on CF and to donate to the cause, please visit To sign up for next year's event on July 14, 2014, email

About Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease. For more information on cystic fibrosis, call (800) FIGHT CF or visit the website at:

About Ergodyne

Since 1983, Ergodyne has pioneered the development of products that Make The Workplace A Betterplace™. What started with just one product has grown into a line of top flight, battle-tested, Tenacious Work Gear®; all precision crafted to provide protection, improve productivity and manage the elements for workers on jobsites the world over.

The current lineup is extensive and constantly growing: ProFlex® Hand Protection, ProFlex® Knee Pads, ProFlex® Supports, Trex™ Footwear Accessories, Chill-Its® Cooling Products, N-Ferno® Warming Products, GloWear® Hi-Vis Apparel, Squids® Lanyards, Arsenal® Equipment Storage Systems, CORE Performance Work Wear®, SHAX® Portable Work Shelters, and Skullerz® Head Protection.