Date: August 29, 2017
Contact: Karen — 949.370.1442, firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE MENTORS RADIO HOST, ASSOCIATED CRAFTS WILLET HAUSER CEO
JOHN PHILLIPS AND TEAM GO ALL OUT FOR HARVEY VICTIMS
— in less than 24 hours!
PHOENIX—Phoenix-based “The Mentors” Radio Host John Phillips, who is also founder and CEO of Associated Crafts & Willet Hauser stained glass window company, dropped everything today to load and haul his 8-foot wide x 40-foot long, four-horse trailer to help sustain rescue efforts in Hurricane Harvey’s destructive path just a few states away.
National Sales Manager Tim Hudson helped load, coordinate and drive local interest to the effort. Local Costco manager Tanya, in Mesa, AZ, helped coordinate parking lot loading. Pete Leighton from Main Street RV in Mesa, AZ donated more than $1,000 and service to Phillips’ vehicle to ready it for the Texas-bound trip. Darvin Harmon from Royalty Realty donated $1,000 of new clothes to the effort. Local Costco employees, local TV reporter Ryan from CBS 5, and local business owner Dom Sargiotto, president of All American Security Alarms in Gilbert, AZ, joined all Arizona-based Associated Crafts Willet Hauser team members and their wives in the massive effort to load the trailer this morning. Sargiotto will join Phillips on the 16-hour trip to Texas. They leave tonight.
Although Phillips is based in Arizona, “The Mentors” show broadcasts throughout the San Francisco and San Diego regions, and on streaming audio.
It started as a conversation. But less than 12 hours later, Phillips and team were loading the trailer.
“We were talking at lunch yesterday [Monday],” says Phillips. “We knew we wanted to use what we have at hand to help those who literally lost everything in the blink of an eye when Harvey rolled through. That’s when we decided we could load our trailer with essential supplies and haul it down for distribution. From that moment on it’s been non-stop focus. We dropped everything and it’s been all-hands on deck ever since. We leave tonight.”
Great praise, but no surprise for The Mentors Radio producer Karen Walker.
“I know John and Mary, and their team. They all have big hearts and they always lead by example, putting people first,” says Walker. “John is a get-it-done guy. He and his wife, Mary, built their now-thriving stained glass business from scratch. They bought out a more than 100-year old legacy stained glass company in a friendly acquisition a few years ago and merged the two business cultures together into a cohesive, very pro-active, customer-first, highest quality craftsmanship, superbly executed family culture. Not an easy feat.
“It’s not an easy feat for them to drop everything and focus on helping Hurricane Harvey victims in a big way,” adds Walker, “as only they could with their 40-foot trailer, positive, go-for-it teamwork and execution. John and his team are ethically motivated in everything they do. Here’s just one more example. I’m proud to have him as one of the three rotating hosts on The Mentors radio show, and you bet we’re reaching out to our audience to join in their GoFundMe campaign to fund their boots-on-the-ground, get-it-done help to those in Harvey’s wake efforts!”
Live updates can be viewed on The Mentors Radio Facebook (facebook.com/thementorsradio) and Twitter (@thementorsradio) feeds, and their GoFundMe account can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/vgt9n-hurricane-harvey-donation.
“The Mentors” radio show can be heard on the Salem Communications network stations KTRB AM860 San Francisco (Saturdays, 7am, and Sundays at Noon), on KCBQ AM1170 San Diego (Saturdays, Noon) and on-demand nationwide at TheMentorsRadio.com, and in podcast form (see website to subscribe).
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