Local restoration company sponsors annual fundraiser to benefit Hurricane Michael victims
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) teamed up with the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visit Panama City Beach to host the 4th Annual Panama City Beach Marathon on Dec. 1. Each year, the organization selects an affiliation or cause to donate a portion of the proceeds from the event. On Dec. 11, the Panama City Beach Marathon donated $7,000 to Bay County District Schools for students and teachers affected by Hurricane Michael.
“It rained but we still had a huge turnout and tons of positive energy. Participants were determined and resilient. It was such a feel-good event. We really look forward to the marathon every year and the community really loves it,” says Shannon Haines-Richmond, director of membership services, Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce.
The annual Panama City Beach Marathon included a Half Marathon, 5K, and a Kids Fun Run, allowing runners of all levels to participate. The race began and ended in Pier Park, with an after-party at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. All runners received a long sleeve shirt, and finishers received a medal. The certified course is a 2020 Boston Marathon Qualifier, and the race is professionally timed.
“We are committed to giving back to the community and this was a fantastic event for a great cause,” says Sandra Lawson, director of operations, Venture Construction Group of Florida.
Originally named Run for Redfish, the Panama City Beach Marathon began in in the early 2000s and quickly grew into a community favorite. The inaugural Panama City Beach Marathon took place in 2015.
Based in Panama City Beach, VCGFL has over 20 years of experience in 24/7 emergency services, roofing repairs and replacements, construction, restoration, storm damage repairs, and full-scale licensed general contractor services. VCGFL is currently providing roof Emergency Mitigation Services (EMS) including shrink wrap, silicone, and elastomeric coating and full dry-ins to residential and commercial property owners throughout the Panhandle. Since the hurricane made landfall, VCGFL staff and crews have partnered with community organizations throughout the state to provide Hurricane Michael relief, including collecting, purchasing and donating numerous truckloads of food, water, hygiene kits, and basic necessities to those in need.
About Venture Construction Group of Florida
Founded in 1998, Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) is an award-winning leader in construction, restoration, renovations, roofing, storm damage repairs, and 24/7 emergency services throughout Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Bahamas and the Caribbean. Specializing in industrial/ commercial projects, VCGFL assists property managers, condominium boards, homeowner associations, association boards, hotels and business complexes with general contractor services, specialty construction, historical restoration, water and flood mitigation, and property repairs due to fire, flood, water, wind and hurricanes. VCGFL holds leading industry awards including the Coatings Pro Contractor Award, Pro Remodeler Forty Under 40 Award, Qualified Remodeler Top 500 Remodelers Award, Qualified Remodeler Master Design Award, Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association S.T.A.R. Spotlight Trophy for the Advancement of Roofing Awards in Sustainability and Community Service. CEO Stephen Shanton is a proud member of the prestigious Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). Entrepreneur Magazine hails “YEC Consists of Some of the Most Well-Respected Minds in Entrepreneurship.” With offices in Boca Raton, Ft. Myers, Naples, Orlando, Panama City Beach, Stuart, Tampa, San Juan, and Nassau, VCGFL is committed to operational excellence and exceptional customer service. VCGFL takes care of the details every step of the way including roofing, siding, windows, drywall, flooring, paint, gutters to rebuilding properties after major storm events from hurricanes, tornadoes, and hailstorms. VCGFL carries the industry’s leading accreditations and is an exclusive certified National Storm Damage Center Preferred Contractor, Windstorm Insurance Network WIND Certified Umpire®, WIND Certified Appraiser®, WIND Certified Fellow®, Certified Member of the United Association of Storm Restoration Contractors, Platinum Preferred Certified Contractor with the National Insurance Restoration Council. VCGFL is a proud member of Insurance Appraisal and Umpire Association (IAUA), Restoration Industry Association (RIA), Property Liability and Resource Bureau (PLRB), Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (FRSA), Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Industry Members Association (EIMA), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). VCGFL is a registered U.S. Federal Government Contractor and holds leading certifications including Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, Mule-Hide Legacy Contractor, Certified CertainTeed Contractor and Duro-Last Certified Contractor status. VCGFL credentials have been vetted and screened through independent third party Global Risk Management Solutions. For more information call 866-459-8351 or visit us online at www.VCGFL.com.
About Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce
Panama City Beach is home to 27 miles of shoreline bordering of the waters of St. Andrews Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The city is home to breathtaking award-winning beaches and predictable sunny weather. Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to support, encourage and uplift the business development and tourism of the community. Visit PCBeach.org or contact (850) 235-1159.
About Visit Panama City Beach
Founded in 2008, Visit Panama City Beach is dedicated to highlighting the natural wonders of Panama City Beach. Their mission is to provide a memorable and exhilarating experience in their town as well as provide support to local businesses. They consider themselves the best resource for events and the visitor’s guide to the city. Visit Panama City Beach continues to provide updated highlights of the city and all it has to offer. To learn more go to VisitPanamaCityBeach.com
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