L&W Supply Launches Fundraising Efforts for Iraq War Veteran and Team USA
Proceeds to help Rico Roman's family attend the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic
CHICAGO, Nov. 11, 2013
CHICAGO, Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --On the heels of the October 1st
announcement that L&W Supply became the official building materials supplier
of Team USA as part of parent company USG Corporation's four-year sponsorship
of both the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams and the Canadian Olympic Team,
the wallboard and building materials distributor launched Rico's Army, a
fundraiser to help send the family of Team USA Paralympian Rico Roman to the
2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
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L&W Supply is matching funds raised by employees, customers, vendors and the
general public, with a goal of $50,000 to be raised by the start of the
Paralympic Games on March 7, 2014. Proceeds will cover the costs for Rico's
wife, Nathalie, daughter Juliet, 11, and son Raul, 9, to attend the Games and
watch their husband and father compete for the gold.
An Iraq war veteran, Rico served three tours as part of the U.S. Army. While
on his third tour of duty, Rico's vehicle hit a roadside bomb. His injuries
led to a left-leg amputation and the end of his military career. After the
rigorous process of rehab to learn how to use his prosthetic leg, Rico
discovered a new passion: sled hockey. As a member of the U.S. Paralympics
Sled Hockey National Team, Rico has already won two gold medals in tournament
play and is a hopeful to compete in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.
"I was speechless to learn about L&W Supply's generosity," said Rico. "It
means so much to have my family by my side as I represent my country. I'm not
doing this for myself, I'm doing it for all the people back home who have
supported me every step of the way."
Launching on Veterans Day, the fundraiser aligns well with L&W Supply's core
values—most importantly, a strict adherence to the highest standards—and helps
the brand deliver on its promise: "Nationwide Strength. Local Commitment."
U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls come from communities the
country and through extensive support and outreach initiatives, L&W Supply is
deeply rooted in these communities. The company is thrilled to help celebrate
our nation's hometown heroes: athletes and veterans alike.
Support for veterans is nothing new to L&W Supply, where almost 10 percent of
employees, including president and CEO Brendan Deely, are veterans, or have
family members in the military.
"Being a United States Army veteran myself, this fundraising effort is very
personal for me and hits close to home," said Deely. "Rico is an inspiration
to all of us and there is a lot to learn from his story of overcoming
adversity. He took his injury as a chance to give back, working with other
veterans with life changing injuries. He deserves to have his family by his
side during the Games and that is what we hope to achieve with this
L&W Supply would like to add a special thanks to supporting vendors Clark
Dietrich, Cemco, PrimeSource, Grabber and Owens Corning for their meaningful
donations to Rico's Army.
To learn more about Rico's Army, or to donate, visit
About L&W Supply
L&W Supply is the largest specialty dealer in North America for drywall,
ceilings, steel framing and other building materials used by commercial and
residential specialty contractors. L&W Supply currently operates nearly 140+
locations across 37 states in the United States. L&W Supply operates under
the names Building Specialties, L&W Supply, CK Supply, CALPLY and others. For
additional information on L&W Supply, visit www.lwsupply.com or connect with
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