Thea Ambrose, Controller for Sonitrol of Fort Lauderdale, recently volunteered her Saturday in Food For the Poor’s annual meal packing campaign. She helped pack 120 meals for children in Guatemala. Food for the Poor raised more than $2.6 million to ship the meals. Food For the Poor provides meals for families here in South Florida, throughout the U.S. and around the world.
As Sonitrol of Fort Lauderdale’s CEO and President, John Ray, III, is heavily involved with South Florida’s Junior Achievement. John has previously served as Board Chairman, and he continues to support the organization today. Committed to fostering a sense of entrepreneurship, integrity, and creativity in the young people of Broward County, Junior Achievement welcomes all students to its facility to teach them about leadership and prepare them to work and thrive in a market-based economy.
Kids In Distress serves more than 10,000 children and families each year on its 5-acre campus in Wilton Manors, FL. Featuring 10 treatment and intervention buildings, it also is home to the 5-star rated KID Preschool. Every day, the preschool hosts dozens of toddlers that learn, thrive, and play within its classrooms and recreation area. Recently, Sonitrol of Fort Lauderdale donated expertise and advanced technology to link the campus’ existing security cameras and intercoms with the new, state-of-the-art access control equipment for the Preschool’s gates. The staff in the KID main office now can see and speak with anyone who seeks Preschool access at gates on either side of the property. Finally, we also donated more than 100 electronically coded key fobs, which allow pre-approved parents and guardians to enter.
The Habitat for Humanity Broward Re-Store is a discount retail improvement outlet located at 505 West Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Their busy showroom is a place where shoppers find reusable and surplus building materials, furniture, and appliances that have been donated and are available at a fraction of their original price. Businesses and individuals provide the inventory, through tax-deductible donations of furniture and home items as well as business furnishings. In an effort to support such a worthy cause, we donated a digital camera system with remote-viewing capability, a state-of-the-art verified intrusion detection system, and fire system maintenance and monitoring services.
John Ray, III, our president and CEO, recently served as the Event Chair for the third annual St. Thomas Aquinas High School Sporting Clays Tournament at Quail Creek Plantation in Okeechobee, FL. Drawing over 100 participants from as far away as New York and Montana, the event raised $44,000 for the St. Thomas Aquinas High School foundation, with these proceeds being earmarked for providing tuition assistance for students in need that otherwise could not afford a Catholic education. John is a St. Thomas Aquinas High School alumnus and has three daughters who also attended the college-preparatory secondary school.
For several years, we have sponsored the local soccer team that is coached by Santiago Alonso, one of our veteran electronic security technicians. And, while every year has been a winning season since our involvement, this year they won the South Florida Regional Youth Soccer Tournament!