Harris Donation to Challenged Child and Friends Harris President Dave Nangle presented the $25,000 donation to Challenged Child and Friends in Gainesville, Ga.

Harris Products Group donates $25,000 to Gainesville non-profit

Gainesville, GA - Jun 15, 2011 :

The Harris Products Group recently announced it has more than doubled its prior year donation to a non-profit organization that assists children with disabilities including developmental delays as well as their typically developing peers. The $25,000 donation to Challenged Child & Friends will help the organization as it serves families in northeast Georgia with speech, physical and occupational therapy, education, nursing and family counseling services.

“It’s important to Harris to partner with a local organization like Challenged Child & Friends. They help families in our community. Now, more than ever, charities like this one need our support because corporations have cut back on charitable giving in recent years. They’ve had to do more with less,” said David Nangle, president of the Harris Products Group, which has its international headquarters in Mason, Ohio. “We are pleased to sponsor such a worthwhile cause and with signs of an economic recovery, I’m hoping other business leaders will step up their contributions for the organizations they support,” he said.

Located directly across the street from the Harris Products Group’s Gainesville, Ga., plant, Challenged Child and Friends, Inc. operates an early intervention center that focuses on the development of the whole child and incorporates child-lead activities to enhance learning.

“Harris Products Group is more than a neighbor to Challenged Child and Friends. They make a difference in what we do every day,” said Dr. David Earnest, Executive Director of Abilities First. “Their support is changing the lives of children with special needs all over Northeast Georgia.”

“Their employees also volunteer and participate in fundraising events as well as at the center. We know that they care about our mission and the children we serve,” Earnest said. “We also know that we can count on them to help us get the job done and improve the lives of children and families in need.”

Nangle is encouraging other local executives to learn more about Challenged Child & Friends and consider supporting their cause as well. Interested sponsors can visit their website at www.challengedchild.org to learn more or call 770.535.8372.

About Challenged Child & Friends
Founded in 1985, Challenged Child and Friends is located in Gainesville, Ga., on a 15-acre campus. In 2000, Challenged Child and Friends was selected by Leadership Georgia as a model children’s program. Today, it continues to be one of the most efficient and effective non-profits in the region, partnering with public school systems and other organizations to ensure a unique, inter-disciplinary approach to pediatric therapeutic services, serving over 250 children and families in 2008-2009. For more information, visit www.challengedchild.org or call (770) 535-8372.

About Harris Products Group
The Harris Products Group, a Lincoln Electric Company, is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of cutting, welding, brazing and soldering equipment and consumables and gas distribution systems. Harris Products Group products are sold and used in more than 85 countries. The company’s international corporate headquarters are located in Mason, Ohio, north of Cincinnati. For more information about the Harris Products Group and its products and services, please visit www.harrisproductsgroup.com or call (513) 754-2000.

Contact Information:
Ira Vea Bennett, Director of Marketing
The Harris Products Group
2345 Murphy Boulevard
Gainesville, GA 30504-6000
Tel:  770.538.6184
Fax:  770.535.8358
Email:  ira_bennett@lincolnelectric.com