Ridgeworth Roofing Company Donates Services to Ronald McDonald House

Ridgeworth Roofing Company of Frankfort recently donated its services to help a nonprofit that welcomes families with a comfortable, friendly place to stay when their children have medical procedures.

In May, Ridgeworth partnered with Bennett & Brosseau Roofing in Romeoville to help the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola University Medical Center in Hines. Rod Petrick, Ridgeworth Roofing’s president and owner, explained that Bennett & Brosseau’s team worked on the steep slope repairs while his company handled the re-roofing of the house’s four-story flat roof section. Additionally, it also did a skylight restoration that included a cleaning, a replacement of edge sealant and a solvent-based silicone coating that resulted in a new weathering surface.

Petrick said that his company became involved with this project by being a member of the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress. This organization is a Rosemont, Illinois-based collective forum of roofing contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and industry professionals who select and provide oversight of programs and funding for progressive research that contributes to the ongoing advancement of the roofing industry.

Petrick, the Alliance’s president, is also the lead person for the Ronald McDonald House project. Through his work with alliance and non-alliance members, he reported that more than half of these houses have been sponsored by contractors who are willing to donate their work.

“There are 184 Ronald McDonald Houses in North America,” he said. “Moving forward, I, as the alliance president, put the challenge to our members that we get all 184 houses sponsored by the next alliance meeting coming up this November.”

Charles Antis, CEO and founder of Antis Roofing and Waterproofing in Irvine, Calif. and NCRA member, is the original founder of the Ronald McDonald House Charities initiative. He is proud and appreciative of Petrick’s work.

“I love Rod. He’s a strong leader, plus he’s got a big heart.” Antis said. “He envisions safe and dry Ronald McDonald House rooms available for all families with sick kids across this country. It’s an honor to sit with him, strategizing to lift our roofing industry, and all of our communities, coast to coast.”

Giving back to assist charities is an idea ingrained in Petrick by his late father Robert, Ridgeworth Roofing’s original president and owner.

“We have been giving back to nonprofit organizations for years,” Rod Petrick said. “Working on the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola was a very good opportunity to put our best foot forward and do something that will, in turn, help other families for many years. They will be able to utilize this facility and don’t have to worry about lodging. When our group of men worked on this project, I found out that one of my guys, before he worked for us, utilized a Ronald McDonald House when his child was sick.”

Kelly Evans, Director of Ronald McDonald House near Loyola, was thankful for the donated work to its roof and skylight.

“We are so appreciative of the work that Ridgeworth Roofing did for our House,” Evans said.  “Thank you for keeping our families safe and dry throughout their stay!”

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K’NEXpert Search Challenges Young Builders to Design and Submit Original Models

K’NEX, a construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love, announces its 16th annual K’NEXpert Search. The nationwide K’NEXpert Search challenges young builders to design and submit a creative, original model made entirely from K’NEX parts that will be judged on criteria, such as originality, creativity and complexity of the model, given the age category of the entrant.

The contest will have four grand prize winners, one from each of the four different age group categories. Age groups include: 5 to 6 years old, 7 to 8 years old, 9 to 11 years old, and 12 to 14 years old. The four imaginative grand prize winners will each receive a prize package valued at approximately $1000.

This year, grand prize winners will receive a K’NEXpert prize package, which includes: $1,000 K’NEX credit code good toward a shopping spree at knex.com, K’NEX T-shirt, $50 birthday surprise, a personal photo gallery on knex.com, 25 percent discount on all K’NEX sets and parts valid throughout 2016, and an invitation to tour the K’NEX corporate headquarters to meet the designers and learn how K’NEX is made. An additional eight finalists will each receive a $250 K’NEX credit code good toward a shopping spree at knex.com and a K’NEX t-shirt.

The K’NEXpert Search runs through Aug. 28, 2015, with winners announced in October. Children can enter using the online registration form found on the K’NEX website. Submissions must include up to three photos of the creation, and a short video or one-page summary describing how the child came up with the idea, how long the design took to build, and how many K’NEX pieces were used. For more information, view the official rules.

A panel of judges comprised of K’NEX employees will select the semi-finalists from each age category; and then the annual K’NEXpert winners will be determined by an online vote. The online voting will begin on Oct. 19, 2015 and continue through Oct. 26, 2015.

The K’NEXpert Search is open to: residents of the U.S. and Canada—except those of Puerto Rico, U.S. territories or possessions, the Province of Quebec, and where prohibited—those who are 5 through 14 years of age as of June 8, 2015, and no purchase is necessary.