FORT WAYNE, IN -- WaterFurnace International, Inc. a leading manufacturer of residential, commercial, industrial and institutional geothermal and water source heat pumps, donated $20,000 in proceeds from their 22nd Annual Supplier Golf Outing to the United Service Organization (USO) of Indiana.
The outing took place September 9, 2010 in Fort Wayne, IN.
Tom Huntington, WaterFurnace president and CEO, presented a check for the donation amount to the USO of Indiana during an October 8 press conference.
“This represents the fourth consecutive year that WaterFurnace has donated the fundraising money from our golf outing to the USO. I am delighted and proud that we could contribute such a large amount of money to this organization,” Huntington said.
Participants in the golf outing were encouraged to make a donation during an online registration process. In addition, WaterFurnace raised money during the golf outing with on-course fundraising activities that included selling mulligans, USO shirts and mugs.
An auction was also held to sell autographed USO and WaterFurnace Supplier Golf Outing golf flags. The flags were signed by athletes and dignitaries from the NFL, PGA, NCAA, IRL and NASCAR, including Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts tight end; Vijay Singh, PGA Tour golfer; and Jeff Gordon,
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver.
WaterFurnace matched the fundraising activities to reach the $20,000 mark and far surpassed their goal exceeding last year’s $5,000 donation.
As one of the largest contributors to the USO of Indiana, a portion of the WaterFurnace donation will be used to create a larger and improved internet cafe in the new USO Indiana Recreation Center being built at Camp Atterbury. WaterFurnace will be named as the benefactor of the internet cafe and a plaque will be placed in the new center acknowledging the contribution.
The USO of Indiana will also place a portion of the WaterFurnace contribution in a fund to support military activities in the northern part of Indiana. This will allow continued and increased support of the Indiana Air National Guard at Baer Field and the Air Force Reserve at Grissom Air
The USO is a non-profit, charitable organization that relies on donations from private citizens and corporations. The organization has provided recreational and welfare services to U.S. troops and their families since 1941. It currently has 135 centers in 10 countries, 21 states and the District of Columbia that provide men and women with the comforts of home.
Service members and their families visit the USO 6.9 million times a year.