Leading Florida Construction Company Fights For a Cure
SARASOTA, Fla. — Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) sponsored the Southwest Walk to Defeat ALS on May 15. The 1-mile walk was held virtually in southwest Florida throughout Sarasota, Bradenton, North Port, Fort Myers, and Naples. Walkers were encouraged to view and share an e-brochure on ALS statistics and fundraise online. Participants also had the option to tune in during their walk on ALS radio on the app, available for download on Apple and Android devices. The virtual event raised $18,664, nearly 75 percent of its $25,000 goal. The event is still accepting donations.
“Our supporters know the impact spreading the word has on research, and we truly appreciate the sponsorship from Venture Construction Group of Florida and all of our local, statewide and national sponsors,” said Cal Brooks, vice president of development, ALS Association Florida chapter.
According to the ALS Association, recent successes in ALS advocacy include legislative and regulatory pressure to ensure that people with ALS have access to wheelchairs, speech-generating devices, and other necessary technology. The Association spearheaded the effort to pass the bipartisan ALS Disability Insurance Access Act to waive the 5-month wait for people living with ALS. The nonprofit also initiated and led the campaign to increase funding for the ALS Research Program at the Department of Defense (DOD) to $20 million in fiscal year 2020 — a $10 million increase over the funding levels in previous years.
“The work and efforts of the ALS Association and chapters has an immense impact on creating positive change. We’re dedicated to supporting research and advancement of ALS treatments and to ultimately find a cure,” said Stephen Shanton, CEO and president of Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL).
Committed to playing a major role in advancing ALS research and help those living with ALS, Venture is the 2021 Premier Statewide Sponsor in Florida. Fundraising events include the Central Florida Walk to Defeat ALS in Orlando on March 20; the Broward Walk to Defeat ALS in Davie on April 10; the Jacksonville Walk to Defeat ALS on April 17; the Sarasota Walk to Defeat ALS on April 24; the Greater Tampa Bay Walk to Defeat ALS on May 1; the ALS Ring of Honor Golf Classic in St. Augustine on May 10; the Southwest Walk to Defeat ALS on May 15; the Tampa Bay CEO Soak on May 21; the Orlando CEO Soak on June 24, the South Florida CEO Soak in Dania Beach on August 26. Fall events include the Ice Bucket Bash Gala & Live Auction in Tampa on October 2, the Hope and Health Symposium, Ride to Defeat ALS, and more Walk to Defeat ALS events throughout the state. Further details will be announced at a later date. Learn more, donate, or get involved at https://www.als.org/florida.
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 residential, industrial and commercial projects, VCGFL assists homeowners, 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, Roofing Alliance MVP Award, 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. 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 www.VCGFL.com.
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 www.alsafl.org.
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