Legrand, North America Helps Fund New Home for Injured Afghanistan War Veteran
Annual fundraiser generates $76,000 for Building Homes for Heroes
WEST HARTFORD, CT, January 9, 2017 – During its annual sales meeting in Washington, D.C., last week Legrand's Electrical Wiring Systems division and Building Control Systems division sales teams, executive leaders and participating partners held a fundraiser benefiting Building Homes for Heroes. These individuals raised more than $38,000 (USD), which was matched dollar for dollar by Legrand. The money is being used to help build a series of new homes for veterans, starting with United States Air Force Captain Nathan Nelson, who was injured during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Captain Nelson was part of a special operations team that came under heavy fire in September 2013. He sustained a spinal cord injury in addition to multiple other traumas. As a result, Captain Nelson has no movement below his chest and limited use of his hands. For his service to our country, Captain Nelson was awarded a Purple Heart and other commendations recognizing his bravery and sacrifice. Once construction on the new home is complete, Captain Nelson will reside in Florida with his wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Eva.
In addition to the monetary contribution, Legrand will donate home automation and electrical solutions that will make life easier for Captain Nelson — and other wounded veterans. The products include: Intuity™ home automation and radiant® RF lighting controls, which allow residents to regulate the lights and electrical outlets in their home via smartphone apps, Wattstopper® sensors that automatically turn lights on when an individual enters the room, and Plugmold® multi-outlet power strips for USB charging.
“We are very grateful for individuals, like Captain Nelson, who have courageously served our country,” said Brian DiBella, president of the EWS division. “Donating money and electrical solutions to help make their lives better is the least we can do to show our appreciation for their service and sacrifices.”
This is the second year Legrand has donated the proceeds from its national sales meeting fundraiser to Building Homes for Heroes. To date, Legrand has raised more than $164,450 for the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that was founded in 2006. Building Homes for Heroes is committed to transforming and rebuilding lives by supporting the brave individuals who were injured while serving our country in Afghanistan or Iraq. The organization builds or modifies homes and gifts them — mortgage-free — to veterans and their families.
“Building Homes for Heroes is one of the national charitable organizations that Legrand supports as part of its Better Communities initiative. Our mission through this initiative is to enhance community and employee welfare through programs that help people enjoy healthier, more productive and more rewarding lives,” said DiBella. “Last year, Legrand raised more than $88,000 on behalf of Building Homes for Heroes. This year, we’re raising the bar by outfitting the home with automated electrical solutions, which will have an even greater impact on this veteran’s life.”
Legrand will hold a second fundraiser in conjunction with its data communications division sales meeting later this month. To learn more about Building Homes for Heroes and how to get involved, visit buildinghomesforheroes.org.
U.S. Army Specialist Hugo Gonzalez, his family, and Andy Pujol, president and founder of Building Homes for Heroes, accept Legrand’s initial donation during the annual sales meeting. Attendees were so moved by Specialist Gonzalez’s speech that an additional $4,000 was raised after the check presentation ceremony.
About Legrand, North America
Legrand is a global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value is a prime vector for growth, including, in particular, connected devices stemming from Legrand’s global Eliot (Electricity and IoT) program. Legrand reported sales of $5.3 billion in 2015. Legrand has a strong presence in North and Central America, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include C2G, Cablofil, Electrorack, Luxul, Middle Atlantic, Nuvo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Pinnacle, QMotion, Quiktron, Raritan, Solarfective, Vantage, Wattstopper, and Wiremold. Legrand is listed on Euronext Paris and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI, Corporate Oekom Rating and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us.
Keely Coppess, Public Relations Manager
Two Rivers Marketing
(515) 557-2025, KeelyC@2rm.com