MCHENRY, Ill. (Dec. 18, 2014) — Brake Parts Inc. raised more than $150,000 for the United Way of Greater McHenry County during its annual campaign drive that ran from early October through the end of November.
Brake Parts said the United Way will use the funds to support 27 local health and human service agencies in the area.
“We are pleased to partner with our local United Way chapter again this year to help build a stronger and healthier community,” said David Overbeeke, president and CEO of Brake Parts Inc.
He noted that the company “has a long-standing tradition of community involvement and United Way holds a special place in our hearts. BPI employees raised a remarkable amount of money to help this worthy organization, and I am proud to have BPI double their donation.”
Brake Parts said it matched the $75,000 raised by employees to reach the total donation. For their part, employees conducted special fundraising projects, including “Jeans Day” where employees paid $5 to wear jeans to work, a raffle, pizza lunch sale, bake sale, computer sale and brake sale.
In addition to the fall campaign, Brake Parts said it raised money through a car show held in August, with the raffle proceeds going to six United Way agencies. The company is also partnering with a United Way agency through a “giving tree” to help families in the McHenry area this holiday season.
“Brake Parts Inc. once again led all others in money raised for our United Way,” said Steve Otten, executive director of United Way of Greater McHenry County.
“These monies will be put to use in our local community to fund programs that assist McHenry County residents in the areas of health, education and financial independence. The generosity of local corporations like Brake Parts Inc helps McHenry County residents to improve their lives in these three areas.”
Brake Parts has been the largest contributor to the United Way in McHenry County for several years, according to the company, and has received the Landmark Award — given to companies that raise more than $100,000 in campaigns —three times.