Mission 500 Raises $113K for Children in Need at ISC West 2018

Proceeds from the Mission 500 5K/2K Run/Walk will benefit children in the U.S., with a portion donated to a project in Puerto Rico to assist children living in poverty who have been affected by Hurricane Maria.

LAS VEGAS — Mission 500, a charitable organization that works closely with the security industry to serve children in need in the United States, raised $113,000 at its ninth annual Security 5K/2K Run/Walk and related sponsorships at ISC West 2018.

Proceeds from the event will benefit children in need in the U.S., with a portion donated to a project in Puerto Rico which benefits children living in poverty who have been affected by Hurricane Maria.

While at ISC West, attendees assembled Mission 500 Care Packs for 500 children in need living in Las Vegas. The initiative was sponsored by HID Global. The packs were distributed by The Children’s Health Fund and were personally delivered and donated by Mission 500, HID Global, Freeman and the ISC West Security Events team.

“ISC West continues to be one of the cornerstone events that Mission 500 participates in every year,” says Tim Purpura, the organization’s chairman of the board. “On behalf of Mission 500 and all of the children and families in need we support, I extend my sincerest thanks to all of our sponsors, volunteers and people who participated in the successful fund raisers staged at this year’s show.”

Fifteen members of the 500 Club, which recognizes volunteers who raise $500 or more for Mission 500, raised a combined $22,000 and received branded Mission 500 portable battery power banks for charging smartphones, tablets and most USB devices.

The top fundraising team was Brink’s Home Security, which raised a total of $9,880. The company’s CEO, Jeff Gardner, was the top individual fundraiser, collecting $8,750, followed by Ronnie Pennington of Altronix with $3,100. Heather Miller of Anixter raised $1,720, which will be matched by her employer for a total of $3,440. Two staff members from Brink’s Home Security, along with Gardner, have been awarded an all-expenses paid trip to Mission 500’s next service trip in Puerto Rico.

Mission 500 acknowledged medal winners and sponsors at the Security 5K/2K awards ceremony. Additionally, Mission 500 honored The Hurricane Harvey Heroes with its annual Humanitarian Award and Corporate Social Responsibility Award, which acknowledges individuals in the security industry who make important contributions to those in need. Winners of the Humanitarian Award include:

  • Curtis Kindred, President of American Defense Systems
  • Harley Schild, President of Vault Security
  • Todd Fitch, President of Point Security

Altronix Corp. received Mission 500’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award.

This year’s fastest female was Karen Salerno of ISC Events with a time of 21:43. The fastest male and overall winner was Brian Matthews of Vingtor Stentofon, who completed the 5K course in 20:42. Complete race times can be found here.

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