Despite Ike Team Anco & Grunau Hike

Despite Ike Team Anco & Grunau Hike
September 18, 2008 - Team Anco & Grunau ran (or walked) 13.1 miles at the September 14, 2008 Banco Popular Chicago Half Marathon during Hurricane Ike after-effects in a fundraiser to support Habitat for Humanity (H4H). According to local weather reports 8" of rain fell on race day, and over 12" accumulated during that weekend. Yet both teams agreed that the cause was well worth running through a little rain. As of race day the team raised over $12600.00 far exceeding their initial target of $10,000.00. "This goal would not have been met had it not been for the generous contributions and support of friends, family, and all of our business partners", said Andy McCleery, Anco's President. He adds," We at Anco Products have a lot to be thankful for and we appreciate everyone's help in giving something back to the community."

Last year, Anco Products made the decision to sponsor one event each year to raise money for a charitable organization that closely aligned with the company's values. Habitat for Humanity was their choice, and according to Rob Rohena, Anco's Marketing Director; "Habitat and Anco Products are a perfect fit. The homes are sold at no profit, the loan repayments help to build other Habitat housing, and of course the products going into the homes are of the highest and safest quality". Since partnering with H4H, Anco has participated in building five homes within it's local community, and now has literally run through puddles in support of this great cause.

Nine individuals from Team Anco and seven from Team Grunau signed up to participate in the race for charity. For many runners, this was their first race, so in addition to raising thousands of dollars for charity, they also had to train for the 13.1 mile race. "By providing a challenging event coupled with the higher purpose of helping others, Anco is honored to promote wellness and support a great cause" says Cheri Gearhart, Anco's Human Resources Manager and wellness advisor.

In addition to the runners, many individuals committed to help raise funds for this event. The public is invited to help in the fundraising efforts. October 6, 2008 is the last day the website will be open to sponsor the team or an individual runner. If anyone is interested in donating funds to the cause they may do so on the website: http://www.charity.active.com/teamAPi.

About: Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County, Inc. Since becoming a Habitat affiliate in 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County has built more than 117 houses with families in need, becoming a true leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds simple, decent, affordable houses with God's people in need. www.habitec.com

About: ANCO Products, Inc. Anco is a high performance, world class, environmentally responsible manufacturing company. Anco is recognized worldwide for quality products, safe and efficient work ethic, and dedication to its customers. Anco is a leading provider of Residential & Commercial TextraFINE® Insulation, flexible air ducts and connectors, Industrial Resilient Blanket, insulation for metal and post frame buildings and other high quality insulation solutions. www.ancoproductsinc.com

About: Grunau Company: Grunau is a full-service mechanical systems company, whose professional engineers are certified to design, construct and install a wide variety of systems including HVAC, plumbing, process piping, fire protection, electrical, building automation, temperature controls and specialty metals. www.grunau.com

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