CHICAGO — AHR Expo management announced that Metropolitan Family Services, the Chicago area’s longest serving human services agency, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 AHR Expo Innovation Awards entry fees donation. A check in the amount of $16,400 will be presented to Metropolitan at the Innovation Awards Presentation which will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

For more than 157 years, Metropolitan Family Services has helped thousands of families by providing services in the areas of education, emotional wellness, economic sustainability, and empowerment. Metropolitan will use this contribution to purchase a boiler and HVACR components for its Southwest Cook County facility that serves nearly 7,000 children and families annually.

“Every year we select a local not-for-profit organization from the area where the show is being held to receive the entry fees from the AHR Expo Innovation Awards,” said Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Co. (IEC), which produces and manages the AHR Expo. “It is especially meaningful when this donation can be used for such a worthwhile purpose as improving the lives of families in need by using the HVAC technology seen at the show.”

Since the inception of the AHR Expo Innovation Awards competition, more than $140,000 has been donated to not-for-profit organizations.