Community Involvement

From left, Kids In Distress Board Chairman Alan Tinter, John Ray, and Kids In Distress CEO Mark Dhooge.
From left, Kids In Distress Board Chairman Alan Tinter, John Ray, and Kids In Distress CEO Mark Dhooge.

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. This spring, we 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.

 

From left, Nancy Daly, Habitat Broward board member and chair of the Re-Store, John Ray, and Jennifer Thomas.
From left, Nancy Daly, Habitat Broward board member and chair of the Re-Store, John Ray, and Jennifer Thomas.

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.

 

From left, Mike Styles, Monsignor Vincent Kelly, John Ray, Jody Moore.
From left, Mike Styles, Monsignor Vincent Kelly, John Ray, Jody Moore.

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.

 

From left, Santiago Alonso, John Ray, III.
From left, Santiago Alonso, John Ray, III.

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!