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NRHA Honored For Supporting Nonprofit

The Lake County, Illinois, chapter of The Fuller Center for Housing honored the North American Retail Hardware Association as one of its heroes for supporting The Fuller Center’s work.

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On behalf of NRHA, vice president Bob Cutter receives a Hero Award from The Fuller Center for Housing – Hero Project Lake County.

The Hero Award was presented March 19 to NRHA during a ceremony in the Chicago area. The Lake County chapter is one of The Fuller Center for Housing’s newest partners and focuses on providing resources to veterans and underserved members of the community to ensure their long-term sustainability in the areas of housing, health and jobs.

“It’s really great to see the good work these Fuller Center partners are doing across the country. It is really making a difference and they are all good people,” says Bob Cutter, NRHA vice president, who received the Hero Award on behalf of the association.

The Fuller Center for Housing Hero Project Lake County chose to honor NRHA with a Hero Award because of the association’s financial support of area projects and efforts to rally its retail members to help with more projects around the U.S.

Other home improvement industry organizations honored as heroes at the awards ceremony included Ace Hardware Corp., Sherwin Williams and The Home Depot.

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NRHA vice presidents Bob Cutter (left) and Dan Tratensek attend The Fuller Center for Housing’s Hero Awards banquet and meet with Hero Project Lake County representative Yvette Ewing.

In 2014, the Lake County chapter rehabbed two north Chicago-area homes in just six months, using the volunteer efforts of more than 100 people to do the work and provide homes for two families.

With support from volunteers and corporate donations, the Lake County chapter hopes to renovate five to 10 homes in 2015.

Along with its housing projects, the Lake County chapter focuses on community wellness and job placement.

NRHA backs The Fuller Center for Housing on a national level and has rallied support from its retail membership and other channel members for projects throughout the U.S.

For more information on The Fuller Center for Housing and how you can get involved with NRHA efforts to support the organization, please contact Bill Lee at BLee@nrha.org.

About Dan Tratensek

In his position as publisher of Hardware Retailing magazine, Dan has the opportunity to visit with independent retailers of all types and sizes and use these visits to shape the editorial direction of the magazine to meet the needs of the independent hardware retail market. Dan also oversees NRHA’s other publishing projects, which include a range of special interest publications, contract publishing titles, online content and more. Dan formerly worked as an editor and reporter for Hardware Retailing and has been involved in business journalism and news reporting for the past two decades

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