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Anixter Center Receives Grant to Upgrade Lighting from Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation

Chicago, Ill. (May 12, 2014) —Anixter Center, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving people with disabilities, has received a $31,200 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to install energy efficient upgrades to its lighting systems.

The upgrades are planned for 14 Anixter Center buildings, including residences for people with disabilities, buildings where programs and services are provided to people with disabilities and administration offices. Among the many benefits of these lighting upgrades are better lighting quality across buildings, savings on energy bills and reduced energy usage, which, in turn, will help protect the environment.

The upgrades are being installed now and, when completed, are expect to reduce kilowatt usage by more than 200,000 hours, yielding significant annual savings for Anixter Center.

"Savings like this that occur year after year are so important to organizations like Anixter Center," said Kevin Limbeck, Anixter Center President and CEO. "The money we save on energy will allow us to reach out and help even more people with disabilities."

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Hear the Cheers! Campaign Scored $18,200 to Help Young Female Athletes

Money Will Purchase Hearing Aids through Chicago Hearing Society

Sixth-grader Eliza Peters’ dream was to raise $10,000 to help young female athletes with hearing loss. Teaming up with Sarah Spain of espnW and ESP Radio and the Chicago Hearing Society, a division of Anixter Center, Peters shattered that personal goal and will be able to help more fellow athletes than she ever thought possible.

In less than a month, Peters’ Hear the Cheers! Campaign to provide hearing aids for young female athletes raised more than $18,200 from approximately 290 donors located throughout the country.

Peters knows firsthand how important hearing is to an athlete. Thanks to her hearing aids, she can hear every cheer when playing basketball or running cross-country. But she also knows not everyone could afford hearing aids and that most insurance plans do not pay for the expenses related to hearing aids.

So she started Hear the Cheers! As word of the campaign spread, especially through social media, the donations rolled in and the total grew.

All donations will be used by Chicago Hearing Society to provide hearing aids, and related audiology services, to young female athletes around the Chicago area, including Kane County, where Peters lives.