Animal Refuge Center, Lee Memorial Hospital Trauma Center Receive Donations from Home-Tech, Customers

Fort Myers, FL, July 03, 2010 --( Southwest Florida air-conditioning and appliance sales and service leader Home-Tech and its customers donated $1,105 to Lee County’s Animal Refuge Center and $1,000 to Lee Memorial Hospital’s Trauma Center in May and June, respectively. The donations were part of Home-Tech’s Charity of the Month program, which donates a portion of the price of new air conditioning units sold each month in customers’ names. Still in its first year, the program has already given more than $10,700 to local charities located from Sarasota to Naples in addition to the company’s ongoing charitable giving and sponsorship of local charity events.

The Animal Refuge Center, or ARC, of Fort Myers is a not for profit animal welfare society dedicated to providing humane treatment and stopping the escalating cost associated with animal pounds. ARC is helping to cut the large numbers of homeless animals which eventually cuts the costs to taxpayers, which to date has reached over half a million dollars a year.

Lee Memorial Hospital’s Trauma Center is the only trauma center on Florida's Gulf Coast between Tampa and Miami. It is designated as a Level II Trauma Center by the state of Florida and treats more than 2,000 patients per year in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties.

“Both of these organizations are dedicated to saving lives – those of people like our customers and employees, and those of pets in need of a home. It’s especially heartwarming to be able to support such worthy and essential causes in the communities we serve,” says Home-Tech President and Founder Steve Marino.

Home-Tech’s Charity of the Month program donates a portion of the price of each new air conditioning unit sold to a different charity each month. Donations are made in customers’ names to thank them for their business, instead of sending corporate gifts. A portion of July’s sales will benefit Fort Myers’ PACE Center for Girls, which offers year round counseling and academic services for girls aged 12-18 who face challenges such as foster care, domestic violence, abuse and neglect, death of a parent, substance abuse, and/or family history of incarceration.

About Home-Tech
Based in Fort Myers, employee-owned Home-Tech has been an industry leader and trendsetter in the fields of air conditioning service and installation, major appliance sales and service, home-service agreements for nearly three decades. Founded in 1981 by Steve Marino, who continues as President and Chairman of the Board, the privately held Home-Tech employs 127 people and provides services in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Sarasota and Manatee counties in Southwest Florida. Home-Tech operates from two principal locations. Its headquarters, tech training facility and appliance showroom are located at 6400 Techster Boulevard in Fort Myers and a second office at 5215 Lena Road in Bradenton which services Manatee and Sarasota counties. For more information about Home-Tech, visit or call (239) 433-3344.

Erika Houser