RCASF awards Make-A-Wish Foundation record setting contribution

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From left to right: Lynne Johnston (Earl W. Johnston Roofing), Lewis Buckner (Johns Manville), Committee Chairman: Gene Fall (Certified Contracting Group), Pablo Acanda (Tropical Roofing Products), Wendy Harvest (RCASF), Anthony Utter (GAF), Make-a-Wish Foundation VP: Wanda Trouba, Dave Clark (JGA Beacon), Corey Daley (Daley Brothers Roofing), Ryan Toimil (JGA Beacon) & Erica Bergeron (Gulfeagle Supply). Missing From Photo: Amanda Fuentes (Sika Corp) and Luke Turner (OMG, Inc.)

With contributions from local roofing contractors and associate members, the Roofing Contractors Association of South Florida (RCASF) has donated $100,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, making RCASF the foundation’s largest non-corporate contributor.

In addition to the $100,000 awarded to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, RCASF contributed $10,000 to the International Game Fish Association’s Junior Angler Division. (IGFA)

Funds were raised in association with the association’s annual fishing tournament at Hawk’s Cay Resort on June 10.  Awards were presented on Aug. 30.

Norm Wedderburn, CEO and president of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Southern Florida said: “We cannot thank the RCASF enough! RCASF has helped us to change many lives and for that we will be eternally grateful.” Gene Fall, RCASF fishing tournament committee chairman, thanked all of the local roofing industry supporters who came together for some good hearted fishing rivalry and to ultimately provide financial assistance to two worthy causes.

In 2015, the RCASF fishing tournament committee initiated the Signature Sponsor Program with Earl W. Johnston Roofing gifting $5000 or ‘one wish’ to a child in need. This year, the program expanded to eleven Signature Sponsors each donating one ‘wish’: Allied Roofing & Sheet Metal, Certified Contracting Group, Chase Roofing & Contracting, Earl W. Johnston Roofing, Frank H. Furman Insurance, Inc., Hi-Tech Roofing & Sheet Metal, Roofing Concepts Unlimited, Triple M Roofing/In memory of Jim Nair, Weather-Tech Roofing & Waterproofing and Barry and Gail Birenbaum/Anthony Utter and Wendy Harvest.

Additionally, a group donation for a Signature Sponsorship was achieved when Anthony Utter called for 50 people to walk forward with $100 each during the Tournament Banquet.

“This was, by far, the most profoundly moving moment of the weekend,” said tournament committee member Lynne Johnston. “Almost everyone in the room ran forward waving $100 bills just to be a part of this group donation.”

The RCASF fishing committee has already begun planning for next year’s tournament on June 9, 2018 with the goal of brightening the lives of even more children. They encourage donations of fishing related items for auction and financial sponsorships.