Industry Expo Donates $16K to Metropolitan

Metropolitan Family Services has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 AHR Expo Innovation Awards entry fees donation. A check for $16,400 will be presented to Metropolitan at the Innovation Awards Presentation which will take place at the 2015 AHR Expo on Tuesday, January 27 in Chicago.

Metropolitan will use this contribution to purchase a boiler and HVACR components for its Southwest Center, located in Palos Hills, Ill., which serves nearly 7,000 children and families annually.

“Every year we select a local not-for-profit organization from the area where the Show is being held to receive the entry fees from the AHR Expo Innovation Awards,” said Clay Stevens, President of International Exposition Company (IEC), which produces and manages AHR Expo. “It is especially meaningful when this donation can be used for such a worthwhile purpose as improving the lives of families in need by using the HVAC technology seen at the Show.”

Metropolitan was also the recipient of the 2012 AHR Expo Innovation Award donation when the Show was last held in Chicago, using the donation to upgrade rooftop HVAC units and boiler systems at the Midway Center, saving Metropolitan thousands of dollars on its energy bills.

“We are very grateful for this generous contribution from AHR Expo,” said Ric Estrada, President and CEO of Metropolitan Family Services. “It not only helps us provide a more comfortable environment for our families, it also allows us to save on energy costs that we’d much rather apply to critical family services.”

Since the inception of the AHR Expo Innovation Awards competition, more than $140,000 has been donated to not-for-profit organizations.

About AHR Expo
AHR Expo is endorsed by 38 of the leading HVACR industry associations and is co-sponsored by ASHRAE and the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). The Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is an honorary sponsor. ahrexpo.com.

About Metropolitan Family Services
Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857 Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan is Illinois’ first comprehensive human services agency and reaches more than 67,000 families and individuals annually through seven community centers in Chicago, Evanston/Skokie, the southwest suburbs and DuPage County. Metropolitan’s services promote education, economic stability, emotional wellness and empowerment

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