AHR Expo® Innovation Awards Competition Provides Funding for HVAC
System at Jacksonville Police Athletic League
Athletic League Provides Activities to Empower Youth
Westport, Connecticut (Vocus) January 19, 2010 -- Nearly $11,000 in entry fees from the 2010 AHR Expo
Innovation Awards Competition will be given to the Jacksonville Police Athletic League (JAXPAL) to help
install a new HVAC control system valued at $84,000. The commissioning will be in January 2010 at the
Jacksonville Monument Road facility; the largest in the city.
This donation is part of charitable support contributed annually by AHR Expo (www.ahrexpo.com) to local
communities in areas where the world's largest HVAC/R trade show is held. Total contributions made during the
eight years the program has been in existence amount to over $60,000. In the past, the Innovation Awards entry
fees were given to technical schools for use in their HVAC/R scholarship funds.
Spearheading the JAXPAL project was Dan Griffin, President of Weather Engineers in Jacksonville. "This
project was born out of wanting to provide local kids a facility where they could enjoy activities after school in a
safe and healthy environment. As a board member of the Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors
Association we were looking for an organization that would benefit from the funds distributed by the AHR Expo,"
The JAXPAL is a non-profit 501(c)(3) youth serving organization with the cooperative effort of the Jacksonville
Sheriff's office. For over 35 years they have been successfully implementing prevention and early intervention
strategies to reduce juvenile crime and empower Jacksonville youth to become good citizens.
Renee Naughton, Deputy Executive Director, Police Athletic League spoke on the importance this new HVAC
system. "This past year we served over 2,800 kids through our sports programs, summer camp, and nationally
accredited afterschool educational program," she said. "The children we serve have been impacted by