CINCINNATI — Thompson Electric, Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling, a company that has raised over $180,000 since 2009 to support veterans, hosted its fourth annual Veterans Day Celebration, Nov. 12, 2012, at its headquarters.

The company presented a check in the amount of $55,010 to Marc Burgess, executive director of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) National Headquarters. The DAV is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the service of U.S. injured heroes.

In addition, Thompson presented a check for $10,000 to Marian and Adolfo Olivas, loyal customers of Thompson’s, whose son, Army Cpl. Nicholas H. Olivas, was killed in the line of duty, May 30, 2012, in Zharay, Afghanistan, while serving Operation Enduring Freedom. The Olivas family will donate the check to its chosen charity, the Fisher House Foundation. Thompson’s employees surprised the Olivas family with personal donations amounting to $7,000 in savings bonds, to Cpl. Olivas’ infant son, Connor.

The Veterans Day breakfast and celebration 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 represent Ohio’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In keeping with the company’s ongoing commitment to serve the community and veterans, Thompson launched its fourth annual Veterans campaign, Aug. 1, 2012, raising more than $65,000 in 2012.

A little over four years ago, Wesley Holm, president, Thompson Electric, Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, was inspired to do something to help our country’s veterans.

“I’m sure we can all be thankful for the people throughout the many years in the history of this country who have made incredible sacrifices in defending America,” said Holm. “I wanted to try and do something special for the veterans in our community who have served on behalf of this country.”

Publication date: 6/24/2013 

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