December 2013 | Hill Yorkers Visit the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital


Twice this year, Hill Yorkers have had the opportunity to make life more comfortable at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. This past October, Aisha Martinez and Cristina Oyola brought Halloween goodies to the hospital and created an hour for children to forget they’re sick and be a child at play. They created picture frames, Halloween masks, and enjoyed coloring while discussing dressing up, sports, and their favorite treats. In December, Aisha, Cristina and Hill York intern Alex, brought holiday ornaments and snowflakes for the kids to decorate and hang in their rooms. Their faces lit up as they saw their rooms transformed into winter wonder lands. Aisha summed up why she loves doing these projects: “It’s the smile it brings to a child with a sickness that no kid should ever have to face. One hour of my day to make their day is a no brainer.” The team can’t wait to plan more activities with the hospital in 2014. Hill York has been making life more comfortable for over 75 years; this is just one of the ways we do it.

Established in 1992, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital combines advanced technology and the expertise of the largest, most diverse group of board-certified pediatric specialists in the region. With its summer 2011 expansion, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital now has 204 beds and is South Florida’s newest freestanding children’s hospital.


December 2013 l Fishing for a Cause


Like many Floridians, Hill York’s Eddie Nowakowski and his son, Corey, fish almost every weekend. But for both of them, it’s more than a hobby or time to bond, it’s fishing for a cause.

Eddie and Corey are members of The Snakehead Hunters. The Snakehead Hunters are a group of fishermen who fish for Channa marulius, more commonly known as snakeheads. Snakeheads are native to S.E. Asia but are invasive to South Florida. The Snakehead Hunters fish for fun while working with cities in Florida to reduce the snakehead population. To take it one step further, Eddie and his son take a good portion of their catch and donate it to local food centers to help feed the hungry in the area. In case you were wondering, snakehead makes for some great eats!

Dubbed Frankenfish, snakeheads are some of the most ravenous species of fish that Florida or this country has ever seen. Their ability to breathe air, withstand water temperatures as low as 50 degrees and eat anything that moves or comes close to the water’s edge makes controlling the spread of this fish a challenge. This is where The Snakehead Hunters come in. By conducting Round Ups and promoting snakehead awareness and edibility, they are successfully reducing the spread of snakeheads in Florida’s fresh waters.

For more information, photos and some awesome videos of Eddie and The Snakehead Hunters, visit their website

November 2013 | 75,000 Pounds of Food and Supplies Delivered to Palm Beach County Food Bank during MSCA’s 2013 Conference


For its fourth year in a row, the Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA) partnered with Convoy of Hope to conduct a charity event. Prior to the conference, MSCA reached out to its members for help in raising $5,000 for the organization. Not only did MSCA raise money for Convoy of Hope but the event also created opportunities for attendees and their guests to donate their time to the organization. Hill York Executive Vice President Mark Kerney said, “The partnership with Convoy of Hope was dynamite. This is the second time Hill York has worked with the organization, the first being a trip to Haiti in 2012. Convey of Hope creates unique, fun opportunities to help our community and those in need around the world.”

Volunteers, including Hill Yorkers, unpacked thousands of pounds of food, assisted at a local food bank, and packaged food bags for children in need. The money raised before the conference was used to fill a tractor trailer with 75,000 pounds of food and supplies. The Friday before the conference officially opened, that trailer arrived at the Palm Beach County Food Bank and the volunteers, lead by Mark Kerney, began unpacking it. After unpacking, the trailer volunteers loaded up in a bus and headed south for Boca Helping Hands (BHH), a local food bank that received supplies from the trailer. Once there, volunteers labeled school bags, made sandwiches and packed grocery bags to be distributed to those who qualify for the various programs BHH offers. The last aspect of the MSCA/Convoy of Hope partnership was a Packing Party. During the Packing Party, volunteers assembled 72,000 bags of beans to help feed hungry children around the world.

Convoy of Hope is a 501(c)3 faith-based, nonprofit organization with the objective of delivering much-needed food, supplies and hope to the impoverished and suffering.

This year the MSCA had its best-attended event in the association’s history. The 2013 conference, held at the Boca Raton Resort and Spa in Florida, had 50 companies and organizations discussing the benefits of their industry-specific services. Highlights of the event included round table discussions, presentations, breakout sessions and the event with Convoy of Hope.

See videos of the event here:

October 2013 | Leesburg Regional Medical Center Foundation’s 16th Annual “Go for the Green” Golf Classic


On September 13, several of Central Florida’s corporate leaders, including Hill York, banded together to participate in the Leesburg Regional Medical Center Foundation’s 16th Annual “Go for the Green” Golf Classic.

Hill York was proud to be a Premier sponsor of this event. Monies raised are being used for projects that will improve both ER conditions and patient care for Leesburg Regional Medical Center. There are plans to build a 29 private-bed ER observation area, pediatric unit renovation and wellness track. In an effort to ease crowding in the Emergency Department of LRMC, the Foundation is embarking on a new $10 million capital campaign to add nine private observation rooms on the main floor of the hospital, close to the Emergency Department. There are numerous benefits to increasing the footprint of LRMC’s Emergency Department including a guarantee that patients will receive the highest level of care.

Hill Yorkers from the Ft. Lauderdale corporate headquarters, the West Coast office, and the Melbourne office rallied to show their support on the green. Of the many who attended were Executive Vice Presidents, Jeff Phillabaum, Mark Kerney, and Charlie Ewing, along with , Melbourne Area Manager, Rob Pulsifer, Director of Energy Service, Chris Mattson, Paul Maneely, Michael Mize, Robert Holub, and Tracey Parviainen.

The event was an exciting platform for all attendants to show support for quality healthcare at Leesburg Regional Medical Center Foundation. On the beautiful rolling hills of Mission Inn Resort & Club, supporters enjoyed an unforgettable day of networking, relaxation and friendly competition while benefiting a heartfelt cause.


Pictured l to r: Jeff Phillabaum and Rob Puslifer; customer David Taylor; Tracey Parviainen.

August 2013 | Hill York is Hooked on Kids During the BBI Charity Fishing Tournament

Hill York Supports Hooked-on-Kids-Fishing-Tournament

Hill York CEO, Chip Lafferty and family helped to reel in and raise more than $90,000 in support of Sheridan House’s children and families during the Hooked on Kids Charity Fishing Tournament. The Lafferty family sponsored a fishing boat along with 25 fellow sponsors creating a sea of fisherman fishing to make a difference August 8, 9 at the exclusive Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida.

The event spanned a weekend and included a Captain’s Party dinner, silent auction and fishing tournament. Business throughout South Florida pulled together to support Sheridan House families by participating as either a sponsor, an underwriter or an angler while BBI, Burdette Beckmann, Inc., stepped in as title sponsor.

With so many fun-filled activities planned, event attendees never imagined they would be facing storms the day the 26 boats dropped anchor. Midway through the tournament they had encountered a huge storm and by the end, more than half the boats weathered the storm as they continued fishing for their cause. The proceeds from the 2013 BBI Hooked On Kids Charity Fishing Tournament will directly benefit Sheridan House in providing Answers for Today’s Family.

Sheridan House was established in 1968 as a home for boys with behavioral issues. Since then, the Sheridan House Residential Program has grown from one home caring for eight boys to five homes caring for almost 70 middle-school aged boys and girls each year. Additionally, over the last 40+ years, the vision to help today’s family has expanded dramatically. In their quest to respond to families in need, they created a social services division for single parents who are currently experiencing a serious short term economic need.

Hill York has long been a charitable supporter of Sheridan House and you can too. Learn more about how you can donate or volunteer visit

July 2013 | Hill York Team of Twelve Run the Neon Vibe 5K to Benefit the Children’s Miracle Network

Hill York Air Conditioning Participates In the Neon-Vibe-Run

As the sun goes down a glow of neon streaks across Sunrise, Florida as twelve Hill York Comfort Champions gather, run and raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network during the Neon Vibe 5K after dark fun-run.

On the evening of Saturday, June 29, Hill Yorkers Miguel Garcia, Sonny Ng, Dane Samidei, Cristina Oyola, along with their family members and friends gathered in a neon glow of orange unity and ran through the BB&T Center amongst a sea of psychedelic painted runners. This is no ordinary marathon. What starts as a typical run finishes as a vivid color canvas of paint and black light fun.

These Hill Yorkers were eager to participate but they did not do this alone. At the beginning of the summer Hill York hosted a bake sale and lemonade stand to raise money for sponsorship and their participation in the run. Not only did they finish the entire race, Hill York’s very own Dane Samidei placed 5th out of all runners as he crossed the finish line. Now that is one committed Comfort Champion.

All proceeds of the Neon Vibe 5K run were used to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. Since 1983, the organization has raised more than $4.7 billion—most of it $1 at a time—for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

To learn more or get involved, visit

May 2013 | In Celebration of the Life of Brevard Deputy Sheriff Barbara A. Pill


Hill Yorkers are committed to community and have participated in person and in spirit to both annual benefits celebrating the life of Brevard Deputy Sheriff Barbara A. Pill who was gunned down while on patrol on March 6, 2012. Fellow Hill Yorker and rider Robert Holub writes “I remember leaving the office that afternoon and encountering the circling helicopters and multiple police cruisers, thinking to myself…something tragic has happened.”

Deputy Pill was a wife, mother and grandmother. She is long remembered for her dedication to service and with protecting and enriching the lives of others. She is the sister of our Gold Medal Partner Barry Bolte from Central Florida Health Alliance (CFHA).

The Annual Deputy Barbara Pill Memorial Ride events are sponsored by a local dealerships with all proceeds benefiting the Brevard Sheriffs Education Fund. This year’s event encompassed a 75-mile “police escorted” ride thru the country with live entertainment, food, and beverages provided.

Hill York graciously supports the Brevard County Sheriffs Department and honors the memory of Deputy Pill.

Event riders discussed in this article were Hill York’s Mike Murphy, Paul Dekany, Mike Mize, Darin Fackler, Tracey Parviainen, and Robert Holub.


May 2013 | Hill Yorker Gary Kienzle Gets Locked Up for Random Acts of Kindness in Support of The Muscular Dystrophy Association


Hill Yorker Gary Kienzle is being “locked up” for South Florida’s Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual fundraiser. Every year, local business and community leaders offer themselves up to be “arrested” for committing “random acts of kindness” and having a “big heart” for the MDA Lock-Up. This unique community-wide event raises funds for The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), the world’s leading nonprofit health organization sponsoring research seeking the causes of and effective treatments for neuromuscular diseases. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

Gary may have agreed to be jailed for a good cause but this courageous man wants his freedom and he can’t get it alone. He needs your bail money.

Please help him battle muscle disease by donating to his bail BEFORE Wednesday, May 22!

Hill Yorker Gary Kienzle is Wanted for Muscular Dystrophy


Remember, your donation is his key to freedom. Your donations will support local families and guarantee that MDA can continue its mission to find treatments and cures, as well as provide vital services. To learn more or get involved with the MDA, visit

April 2013 | Hill Yorkers Spring into Action and Donate Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods in Support of Sheridan House Family Ministries


Spring essentially is a season of transformation. March marks that special time of year we witness a blossoming of nature, a change in weather, an awakening of our senses, a desire to “spring clean”, and even a renewal of mind, body and spirit. So it’s easy to understand why Hill York chose March to kick off their year-long collection of clothing, accessories, and home goods in support of Sheridan House Family Ministries.

Hill York’s clothing collection encourages Hill Yorkers to donate new, nearly new or gently-used items year round to the Sheridan House Clothing Boutique benefiting the Single Mother’s Ministry. After just one month, Hill Yorkers have donated several bags of clothing, shoes, handbags, and even a sorbet maker!

The process is simple. Hill Yorkers conduct a spring cleaning of sorts to find items suitable for donation; they bag the items, label the bags and deposit them at the specified drive boxes. The bagged donations are brought to the Sheridan House at the end of each month. They are sorted and placed in the Clothing Boutique.

You may be wondering why the Sheridan House Clothing Boutique is so special to the single mothers of Sheridan House. It is a free, feel-good, shopping experience unlike any other. It is an opportunity to choose items and household goods that help bring comfort to their lives and their children during a challenging time.

Rather than simply supplying a “hand out,” Sheridan House Family Ministries strive to offer single mothers in the tri-county area a “hand up.” They offers assistance in areas such as finances, parenting, resume preparation, interviewing, meal planning on a budget, appropriate dress, and more. The goal is to equip the single moms with the training and knowledge necessary to succeed in life.

Embrace the spring season as a chance to renew your spirit and participate in some community service. Hill York has long been a charitable supporter of Sheridan House and you can too. Learn more about how you can donate or volunteer visit

March 2013 | Emily’s Endless Commitment to Improving the Lives of Those with Epilepsy


Statistics show more than 375,000 Floridians live with epilepsy; approximately 84,000 of these are children. One child, Emily Head, daughter of Hill Yorker, John Head, should be commended for her tireless effort to support families and individuals with Epilepsy. For her, this is not just a cause of good intentions. Emily was diagnosed with the complex disease three years ago and she has been actively donating her time to support the cause ever since.

Since her diagnosis, Emily has remained a determined advocate of support. She has held two garage sales and graciously donated all monies raised to two well known Epilepsy organizations, The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida and Camp Boggy Creek. Emily was also featured as a One Person Fund Raiser in the Boggy Camp newsletter as she was recognized for her efforts to raise awareness while selling water bottles in the hot Florida sun during Epilepsy week.

Not only does she sell in the hot sun, she walks for the cause too. Emily recently participated in The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida’s Walk the Talk walk-a-thon held March 10th in Hollywood Beach. Many Hill Yorkers stepped up and showed their support by making individual donations to raise money for the walk.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida serves as the lead advocate for the rights and needs of people with epilepsy and seizure disorders at the local, county and state level. EFOF provides many valuable services to individuals and their families, regardless of their financial situation. To learn more or get involved, visit

Camp Boggy Creek, founded by Paul Newman, is open year-round and utilizes nearly 1,800 volunteers per year to accomplish its mission to enrich the lives of children who have chronic or life threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe, and medically sound. To learn more or get involved, visit

All in all, we are very proud of Emily, as she proves to be a tireless champion of hope and improvement for the lives of so many affected with this chronic neurological disorder.