Licensed General Contractor Leads the Way in ALS Research Advocacy 

BOCA RATON, Fla. — To support those affected by ALS, Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) sponsored the Hope and Health Symposium held on Aug. 29 from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. The virtual event featured keynote speakers, learning lab, vendor fair, and educational sessions for people living with ALS including caregivers, healthcare professionals, and supporters of the ALS community. VCGFL exhibited virtually in an online booth and shared tips and education, along with other community vendors. The event included expert panel, speakers, and live Q&A sessions. 

Keynote speaker, Richard Bedlack, MD, PhD, MS, professor of neurology at Duke University, director of the ALS Certified Center of Excellence at Duke Health, and founder of ALSUntangled, provided a presentation on ALS research, “Is the Key to ALS Being Flushed Down Our Toilets?” The event also featured presentations from expert medical directors in ALS Certified Centers of Excellence and Affiliated Clinics across Florida from the Mayo Clinic, UF Health Jacksonville, Holy Cross Health in Fort Lauderdale, University of Miami Health System, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, Orlando Health, Lee Health, and the University of Florida Movement Disorders Center. Paul Mehta, MD from the CDC National ALS Registry, discussed the importance of filling out the surveys in order for researchers and scientists to learn the causes of ALS and find a cure.   

“We are so grateful for the medical experts, hospitals, universities and research centers dedicated to finding a cure for ALS. They never give up, just like those afflicted with ALS. I went through this with my father. He was a fighter and a fierce advocate for remaining positive. We are committed to supporting the fight against ALS,” said Stephen Shanton, president and CEO of Venture Construction Group of Florida, founder of the Shanton ALS Foundation. 

Previously held in Orlando, the Hope & Health Symposium was held virtually for the first time due to COVID-19 health and safety precautions. As part of their corporate giving campaign dedicated to ALS research, VCGFL also sponsored the statewide Walk Your Way virtual event held on Aug. 1. 

The virtual walk replaced seven previously scheduled Walk to Defeat ALS® events throughout Florida including the Palm Beach Walk to Defeat ALS; the Central Florida Walk to Defeat ALS in Orlando; the Broward Walk to Defeat ALS in Davie; the Jacksonville Walk to Defeat ALS; the Southwest Walk to Defeat ALS; the Sarasota Walk to Defeat ALS; and the Greater Tampa Bay Walk to Defeat ALS. 

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, roofing, specialty construction, historical restoration, water and flood mitigation, and property repairs due to fire, flood, water, wind and hurricanes. With offices in Boca Raton, Ft. Myers, Naples, Panama City Beach, Orlando, 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 has earned leading industry awards including the Gold Coast Builders Association (GCBA) Silver PRISM Award for Safety Team of the Year, GCBA Gold PRISM Award for Craftsmanship- Commercial Exterior, GCBA Silver PRISM Award for Craftsmanship- Commercial Exterior, Owens Corning Pinnacle Award for Safety, Construction Business Owner AwardRoofing Alliance MVP AwardCoatings Pro Contractor AwardPro Remodeler Forty Under 40 AwardQualified Remodeler Top 500 Remodelers AwardQualified Remodeler Master Design AwardFlorida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association S.T.A.R. Spotlight Trophy for the Advancement of Roofing Awards in Sustainability and Community Service. Shanton is a certified member of the WindStorm Insurance Network™ and is a WIND Certified Umpire®, WIND Certified Appraiser®, and WIND Certified Fellow®. VCGFL carries advanced accreditations and is an exclusive certified National Storm Damage Center Preferred Contractor and Certified Member of the United Association of Storm Restoration Contractors. VCGFL is a proud member of Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Industry Members Association (EIMA); Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (FRSA); Gold Coast Builders Association (GCBA); Insurance Appraisal and Umpire Association (IAUA); National Association of Environmentally Responsible Mold Contractors (NAERMC); National Association of Home Builders (NAHB); National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA); NRCA Qualified Trainer; Property Liability and Resource Bureau (PLRB); Restoration Industry Association (RIA). VCGFL is a registered U.S. Federal Government Contractor and holds leading manufacturer 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 #VCGFLGivesBack

About ALS Association Florida Chapter

Established in 1987, The ALS Association Florida Chapter is fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on all fronts, or as we like to say, “Covering all the bases for people living with ALS in Florida.”  We provide patient programs, advocate on behalf of patients with our government leaders, create awareness of the disease, and fund research.  In addition, the Chapter provides financial support to our statewide multidisciplinary ALS clinics and research facilities, enabling them to increase patient care. Learn more at #ALSAwareness

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