SPECIAL TO CONTRACTOR
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — The Quality Service Contractors' Power Meeting XXV July 20-22 here raised $10,520 for QSC's favorite charity, Challenge Air for Kids, an aviation program that benefits physically challenged young people.
"These kids may not have ever ridden in a plane or, if they did, it might've only been to go see another medical specialist. Not exactly fun," QSC Executive Director Charlie Wallace said. "We see it as a super way of giving to those who could use a positive in a life that has been filled with negatives."
Of the total amount raised, $8,180 came from QSC members and QSC Industry Partner Hodes Co., which again sponsored a golf tournament and paid for green fees, carts, lunches, snacks and beverages. Hodes Co. manufactures, assembles, packages, and distributes plumbing products and tools to plumbing service shops through independent sales distributors. QSC members played in the tournament by sending a $ 175 donation payable to Challenge Air. QSC members raised an additional $820 with an auction of baseball jerseys July 22 during the meeting's closing reception.
QSC Industry Partner Hudson Ink donated $1,520 to Challenge Air. Marketing expert Adams Hudson, who writes a monthly column for CONTRACTOR and spoke July 22 at QSC's meeting, offered to donate $20 for every person who turned in a voucher card after his presentation.
"The outpouring from QSC has been nothing short of phenomenal," Challenge Air Executive Director Byron Laszlo said. "Most organizations would be lucky if 20% to 30% of their members turned in the $20 vouchers. Yet at this QSC event, about 80 companies were there, and 76 of them turned in cards. That's incredible.
" We're delighted to share this with our kids. It'll sure brighten the day of a child whose childhood has had a dark cloud or two. That's what makes this organization so great. We all feel pain when children do, and all feel joy when we can help them out. It just works."
To date, QSC has donated $63,000 from six Challenge Air golf tournaments sponsored by Hodes Co. over the last three years and separate contributions, Wallace said.
For more information about Challenge Air, visit www.challengeair.com. A schedule of events and details on how to get involved are on the Website. To contact Laszlo, call him at 214/351-3988, or e-mail him at [email protected]
QSC, an enhanced service group of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors — National Association, offers training programs, products and services to members. For more information, visit www.qsc-phcc.org