Safelite Donates $250,000 to Afrika Tikkun Charitable Organization After Second Annual Triathlon
May 9, 2011

Safelite AutoGlass® completed its Second Annual Safelite® Challenge, a fundraising effort for Afrika Tikkun, on April 16 in Lake Mead, Las Vegas, and as a result has donated $250,000 to the organization, which works toward the transformation of South African communities by caring for vulnerable children and orphans.

The benefit included a variety of events in which company associates could participate, including an individual and team triathlon, a duathlon, a 5K fun walk, a charity poker run on motorcycles and a weight loss contest. An online auction in which employees bid on items donated by the company’s management team and vendors also was held in support of the cause.

The top performers of the triathlon and duathlon (individual or team) will have an opportunity to compete in the London Triathlon in July, which is Safelite’s parent company, Belron’s similar fundraiser. The team will consist of:

1.   Greg Baker, area sales manager, Indianapolis;
2.   Kate Buckler, administrative assistant, Columbus, Ohio;
3.   Brent Fiegel, lead warehouse associate, Davenport, Iowa;
4.   Donna Gibson, compensation and benefits senior manager, Columbus (top Overall female triathlon performance);
5.   Bridget McColgan, national field sales trainer, Columbus;
6.   Jonathan Knight, technician, Boulder, Colo.;
7.   Paul Koehler, IT director, Columbus (top overall male triathlon performance);
8.   Jolee Nowers, area sales manager, Bluffdale, Utah; and
9.   Amy Robinson, recruiting specialist, Columbus.

In addition, the top eight individual Safelite associates who raised the most funds earned the opportunity to attend the London Triathlon. These are:

1.   Mike Hooper, area sales manager, Kansas City, Mo.;
2.   Rich Glover, assistant vice president of manufacturing and distribution Centers, Braselton, Ga.;
3.   Brian DiMasi, senior corporate counsel, Columbus;
4.   Dan Loyal, division manager, Chapel Hill, N.C.;
5.   Betsy Blake, purchasing director, Columbus;
6.   Brian O’Mara, vice president of national contact centers, Columbus;
7.   Matt Johnson, media director, Columbus; and
8.   Jared Stefango, purchasing director, Columbus.

The winner of the weight loss contest was James Vondra, a warehouse lead based in Omaha, Neb., who lost 27 percent body fat during the contest.

“I am truly humbled by the good nature of Safelite’s people who gave so openly of their time and energy to support a good cause,” says Tom Feeney, president and CEO of Safelite.

More than 300 people participated in the 2011 Safelite® Challenge with more than 200 from 30 states and four countries attending the Las Vegas event.

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