CINCINNATI — Thompson Electric, Plumbing, Heating and Cooling hosted its fourth annual Veterans Day Celebration at its company headquarters. The company presented a check in the amount of $55,010 to Marc Burgess, executive director of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

In addition, Thompson presented a check for $10,000 to Marian and Adolfo Olivas, customers of Thompson, whose son, Army Cpl. Nicholas H. Olivas, was killed in the line of duty this year in Zharay, Afghanistan on May 30, 2012, while serving Operation Enduring Freedom. The Olivas family planned to donate the check to their chosen charity, the Fisher House Foundation.

Thompson’s employees surprised the Olivas family with personal donations amounting in $7,000 in savings bonds to Cpl. Olivas’ infant son, Connor.

The breakfast featured Miss Ohio 2012, Elissa McCracken, along with guest speaker Lt. Col. Brad Wenstrup, who is an Iraq War veteran. Wenstrup was recently elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Ohio’s 2nd congressional district.

In keeping with the company’s ongoing commitment to serve the community and veterans, Thompson launched its Fourth Annual Veterans campaign on Aug. 1, 2012, raising over $65,000 this year, totaling over $180,000 raised since 2009 for veterans and veteran causes.

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Publication date: 12/17/2012