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Watkins’ One Millionth Spa Raises Money for Fallen Firefighters

Watkins Presents Donation to Fallen Firefighters AssocThirty-four years in the making, Watkins Manufacturing has earned the reputation as a global leader in the hot tub industry. In October 2011, the company reached the significant milestone of producing its 1 millionth spa and held an online auction among Hot Spring Spas retailers worldwide for the chance to own it. Watkins pledged to match the winning bid and donate 100 percent of the proceeds to an important charity, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

 

As a result of the competitive bidding that took place during the week of the auction, Bruno Woodtli owner of Hewoo AG, a Hot Spring Spas dealership in Switzerland, won the one millionth spa (an Aria model) with a final bid of $17,200. As planned, Watkins Manufacturing is matching the winning bid, providing a total donation amount $34,400 to support the families of fallen firefighters across the United States.

 

“We would like to extend a special thank you to Hewoo AG, and to all the dealers nationally and worldwide who rallied to the call and participated in the auction—we sincerely appreciate such generous support,” said Steve Hammock, president of Watkins Manufacturing. “We look forward to partnering with our retailers in the future to continue the good work of donating to causes like the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.”

 

“This generous gift from Watkins Manufacturing will help support the Foundation‘s mission to provide services and assistance to the families of firefighters who died in the line of duty,” said Ronald J. Siarnicki, executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “We recently honored 89 fallen firefighters, including four from California, at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and we appreciate Watkins Manufacturing‘s commitment to our efforts.”

 

 

About Watkins Manufacturing Corporation

 

Watkins Manufacturing was established in 1977, in Vista, California. They are the world‘s largest manufacturer of hot tubs, including Hot Spring® Spas, Limelight® Hot Tubs, Hot Spot® Spas and Caldera® Spas. The Watkins Dealer network extends into all 50 states and over 60 countries. Watkins is a division of Masco Corporation, a Fortune 500 company whose products include Delta® Faucets, KraftMaid® Cabinets, and Behr® paint.

 

Pictured right to left: Mike Dunn, Executive VP, Watkins; Steve Hammock, President, Watkins; Roger Lamberson, VP, Operations, Watkins; Chris Peavey, VP, Finance, Watkins; Matt Kennedy, Engineer, Vista Fire Dept.; Mark Standifird, Captain, Vista Fire Dept.; Mike Romeo, Firefighter, Vista Fire Dept.; Wanda Gilbert, Rep for NFFF; Leo Hamacher, VP, Int‘l Sales & Mktg, Watkins; Mark Bettner, Director, Customer Service, Watkins; Harry Sundblad, VP, Corp. Bus Dev, Watkins; Ryan Sessler, VP, Sales & Mktg, Watkins; Robin French, VP, Engineering, Watkins


Photo courtesy of Watkins Mfg.

NEGU Golf Classic Raises Funds to Help Children Fighting Cancer


Erik & Jessie Rees - NEGU Foundation Golf ClassicOn Sept. 12, 2011, the NEGU Foundation held its first Annual NEGU Golf Classic in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. The event, presented by Clarient and sponsored in part by Zodiac Pool Systems, raised money to increase awareness and provide encouragement for kids fighting pediatric cancer. With over 130 golfers and more than 200 attendees at the dinner and fashion show, the event was a huge success.

 

The Never Ever Give Up (NEGU) Foundation was started by 12-year old competitive swimmer Jessie Joy Rees who is fighting an inoperable brain tumor and was inspired to help other children fighting cancer. Jessie was a member of the one of the top swim teams in the U.S. (the Mission Viejo Nadadores) for four years when she was diagnosed in March 2011.

 

Jessie came up with the idea of JoyJars™ filled with toys and activities to give to other pediatric cancer patients while they are in the hospital. The NEGU was founded to support this cause, and more than 500 JoyJars have been distributed in just four months to encourage kids to keep fighting and to maintain a positive attitude.


"We're truly blessed by the amount of support and generosity we've received,” says Jessie’s father Erik Rees, who runs the NEGU Foundation. "We're looking forward to many more events and the opportunity to encourage thousands of kids fighting cancer. We're just getting started!"

 

All proceeds from the NEGU Golf Classic will be used to help the NEGU Foundation continue to provide hope and encouragement to children fighting cancer.


For more information on the NEGU Foundation, and to purchase JoyJars and make donations, please visit www.inegu.org.

 

Pictured above: Jessie Rees and her dad Erik Rees

 

Photo courtesy of The NEGU Foundation and Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.; Photography by Bob Ortiz Photography



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