BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Kevin McHugh and Richard Valenti of Valairco Heating and Cooling recently presented a check for $500 to Carla McGlynn and Elizabeth Kane of the Berkeley Heights Education Foundation as part of their Valairco Cares program.

Valairco launched the "Valairco Cares" campaign last spring and is committed to donate to four different charities or nonprofits throughout their 50th year. The charities are chosen based on the desire of the general public. After tallying the nominations, Berkeley Heights Education Foundation was chosen as one of the recipients. 

McGlynn was appreciative of the donation. "Thank you very much -- all of our [six] schools receive benefit from the Berkeley Heights Education Foundation," McGlynn explained. "The purpose of our organization is to raise money so we can provide education programs and innovative technology to our schools. We do a lot of pilot type programming -- our hope is that what is being introduced to the schools, the district will pick up afterwards." McGlynn further explained that by choosing to donate, Valairco is part of that. "Our community, our businesses, and our donors are part of providing that enhanced education to our students," she said.

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Valairco chose to have their donation dedicated to the "Therapy Dog" program and "Anytown" Performance progtams. "We have heard some fantastic stories about the effectiveness of therapy dogs and we are very cognizant of the opioid crisis, not only here but through out the country," said Valenti.

  • Pet Therapy: Pet Therapists will visit ABA classrooms twice per month during regular class time as well as during students’ reverse inclusion times to help decrease stress and anxiety levels as well as help with development of social skills http://www.ccpettherapy.org/. Grant awarded to Nicole Sacci and Cherie Verzi.
  • Anytown Performance Programs: Five showings “Anytown” play performances spotlighting opioid abuse and its impacts on teens and families. Five performances will be provided to students from 9th to 12thgrade including a parent evening program. (awarded to Tara Oliveira for Governor Livingston High school)

Valenti was happy that the Berkeley Heights Education Foundation were chosen to be the Valairco Cares recipient. Each time the contest was held, he said, "you folks came in second, you received more votes other than Relay for Life through all four times we have done this so far. We are really happy that your group got this." 

McGlynn said that it is important to get the word out about our foundation. "Our foundaiton provides $30,000 or more a year in programs to the district. We are very proud of that. we have been providing about that amount and more over the years. we have been in existence for 25 years, established in 1994." 

Visit the Berkeley Heights Education Foundation website to learn more and to purchase tickets to their Harlem Wizards Basketball fundraising event, being held on March 19 at Gov. Livingston High School.

To learn more about Valairco Heating and Cooling and the Valairco Cares program, visit their website www.valairco.com. Click here to cast your vote for your favorite charity by April 30, 2019 to be the recipient of the fourth of four Valairco Cares donations.