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Distributor Raises More Than $40,000 for Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

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Thomas Marks, executive vice president of Western State Design (left), recently presented a check for $40.700 to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) President David Winters. The company pledged a donation to IFHF from each Dexter coin-op washer and dryer sold from July until the end of the year 2013. IFHF provides aid to wounded heroes of the U.S. Armed Forces. (Photo: Western State Design)

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Western State Design supports non-profit’s goal of providing aid to wounded in U.S. Armed Forces

NEW YORK — Coin laundry equipment distributor Western State Design (WSD) has completed a six-month fundraising campaign for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), recently donating $40,700 to the organization, the company reports.

IFHF, an organization supporting the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, is building a series of nine treatment facilities at military installations around the country for wounded service personnel diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress as a result of their service, according to WSD.

Thomas Marks, executive vice president of WSD, presented a check for $40,700 to IFHF President David Winters at IFHF’s headquarters at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.

“WSD and Dexter Laundry are proud to join others in support of this independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to severely wounded veterans,” says Marks. “This year, WSD pledged a donation to IFHF from each Dexter coin-op washer and dryer sold from July until the end of the year 2013, and we’re honored to be able to deliver this check to them to help IFHF continue their service to our veterans.”

Dexter Laundry Vice President Craig Kirchner, whose company also participated in the fundraising campaign, echoed Marks’ sentiment, saying he is proud to support IFHF.

WSD set aside one dollar per pound of rated capacity for all Dexter Laundry coin-op washers and dryers sold between July and Dec. 31, 2013; a 40-pound Dexter coin-op washer would generate $40 for the campaign. During the six months of fundraising, WSD sold washers and dryers totaling more than 40,000 pounds of rated capacity to more than 100 coin-ops across seven states, according to the company.

“We chose to base our sales fundraiser on Dexter coin-op machines because they’re an employee-owned company and all of their machines are made right here in the United States. What better way to support our veterans,” says Marks. “We also have a proven track record in selling Dexter coin-op laundry equipment, so we knew we could maximize our fundraising goals by selling their equipment.”

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