Elk Grove businesses step up to support Bahamian youth

A total of seven Elk Grove Village-based companies have donated nearly $50,000 in much-needed supplies to the Ranfurly Homes for Children as part of a Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl charitable initiative coordinated by Elk Grove Village.

The homes provide lodging for children who were displaced as a result of family problems, who have been abandoned, who are orphaned or whose primary care givers are deceased.

This fall, Elk Grove Village officials reached out to local businesses and asked for their generosity in donating materials. The businesses responded in kind, providing nearly $50,000 worth of building materials and supplies, including tile, doors, appliances and other items that the Ranfurly Homes for Children will use to keep their facilities operating smoothly and safely.

Ashland Door Solutions, a full-service provider and installer of commercial-grade doors, frames and hardware that services the entire Chicago, Illinois, area, contributed lock systems and a pallet of doors to the homes, which requested all kinds of materials including doors, locks and other building maintenance supplies.

“Ashland Door Solutions was proud to donate doors and locks to the Ranfurly Homes in The Bahamas relief effort organized by Elk Grove Village. This type of initiative helps us to provide tangible support to those affected by the hurricane; but also shows the strong community values of Elk Grove Village,” said Vice President of Operations for Ashland Doors Solutions Denise Boyd. “We feel extremely fortunate to be able to contribute usable building materials to this worthy, charitable cause; and we appreciate the hard work that the village put in making this effort a success.”

The donated materials are on their way to New Providence in advance of the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl which is set for this Friday starting at 2 p.m. at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson plans to join other Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl participants on a visit to the Ranfurly Homes for Children during bowl week.

“Elk Grove Village has built an international reputation for being an exceptional community, and it’s thanks in large part to our businesses whose products and services have a global impact each and every day. The businesses that have contributed to this effort are definitely having an impact on the lives of Ranfurly Homes children,” said Mayor Johnson. “We’re proud to play a role in supporting the Ranfurly Homes and showing The Bahamas what it means to be ‘Beyond Business Friendly.’”

In addition to Ashland Door Solutions’ donation, other businesses making contributions include: Anderson Lock, EM-Metal Fabricator, MG Bros Construction Inc., Middleby, Miller Industrial and MS International (MSI).

Elk Grove Village is the title sponsor of the 2019 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl. It began its sponsorship with the bowl game last year and became the first non-tourism-driven municipality to ever be the title sponsor of any college football bowl game. Sponsoring the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl is one facet of the village’s overall economic development strategy that has delivered results for businesses and residents alike.

Elk Grove Village is home to the nation’s largest industrial park, a six-square mile expanse that is home to more than 5,600 businesses that employ over 60,000 men and women.

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