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Advanced Roofing Receives FRSA S.T.A.R. Award for Community Service in 2021

Aug 31, 2021 | Awards, Blog

Advanced Roofing Partnered to Provide a Safe Home for an Elderly Woman in Pompano Beach

Advanced Roofing Inc. (ARI) was recently honored with a 2021 S.T.A.R. Award for Community Service from the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Association (FRSA), The award recognizes ARI’s contributions in partnering with local businesses to surprise an elderly Pompano Beach woman with a new, safe home for the holidays.

Holes in the roof of 87-year-old Gloria Mugford’s Pompano Beach home caused a flood in her home following torrential rains that resulted in the elderly woman suffering a serious shoulder injury after she slipped and fell alone in her home last year. But the home’s deteriorating condition extended far beyond the roof. After learning the extent of his neighbor’s living conditions following her fall, Dick Spalding called Advanced Roofing Inc. President & CEO Rob Kornahrens to ask for a tarp to cover the roof. That call was the start of a domino effect of giving that resulted in a completely renovated and safe home for Gloria, a surprise gift just in time for Christmas.

While away receiving rehabilitation for her injury for six weeks, local businessmen rallied together to supply everything from a new roof to plumbing, electrical work, paint, furniture, appliances, and more. Gene Fall of Certified Contracting Group and his team dried and cleaned the flooded floors. The walls had mold and other issues, so Mike Fee’s team from Lotspiech got to work cleaning the walls, and installing new doors, frames, and drywall. Steve O’Donnell of S & S Painting managed the interior painting.

Gloria’s furniture was soaked from the leaking roof, so Keith Koenig of City Furniture donated a sofa, bed, and other furniture. But the outside of the home also needed help. The pool was not taken care of for 20 years, so Bryan McCallum, owner of Watermark Construction, pressure cleaned the pool, pool patio, and other exterior walkways and concrete surfaces, and applied Diamond Brite to the interior of the pool. Exterior painting was provided by Tremblay Painting and Certified Contracting Group, with paint and primer donated by Charlie Silveria. Mike Nemanti of RHI Roofing worked together with Chase Roofing and Advanced Roofing Inc. to give Gloria a new roof.

While her home was receiving a makeover, Broward County Commissioner and former Mayor of Pompano Beach Lamar Fisher arranged for Gloria to stay at a hotel throughout the renovation process. More than $100,000 in renovations were done to the home, all in time for a Christmas reveal.  Rob Foote of Furman Insurance worked closely with Rob Kornahrens to deliver Gloria this gift of a lifetime, capturing the true spirit of Christmas by bringing together local businesses to help a woman truly deserving of a home for the holidays. 

Community Service is at the heart of Advanced Roofing, which makes this recognition from our industry peers truly special,” said ARI President and CEO Rob Kornahrens. “We’re a family business and we see our community and our business partners as a family as well. It was something special to be able to call in the troops and work together to give Gloria a safe home and peace of mind.

The FRSA S.T.A.R. (Spotlight Trophy for the Advancement of Roofing) Awards is an awards program designed by FRSA to recognize members’ unique and outstanding projects. A panel evaluates the entries for inclusion and outstanding performance in each category.

For more information about the FRSA, click here.


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