'Husqvarna Heroes' Dealers Announced

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Husqvarna has announced the winners of its 2008 “Husqvarna Heroes” program, a special recognition designed to highlight dealers for being “hands-on” in support of their local community. Five dealers across the country were selected on the basis of their community participation and good works.

“Several of our Husqvarna dealers have recently gone above and beyond in support of their local community, making them heroes in our eyes,” says Dave Zerfoss, president, Husqvarna Professional Products, Inc. “Therefore, we want to showcase our commitment to these dealers and their local communities by naming them our “Husqvarna Heroes.”

Each of these Husqvarna Heroes will receive a $1,000 check to donate to their favorite charity. The 2008 Husqvarna Heroes are as follows:

Ron DeKok, Owner, Dutchman’s, Foley, Ala.

Ron’s store, Dutchman’s, has adopted the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Boys Ranch as its local charity. Over the past year Dutchman’s has donated items to the organization for its annual auction and participated in various fundraising events.

Jake Ricker, VP, Baker’s Hardware/Power & Turf, Millsboro, Del.

Jake has been a volunteer firefighter for three years with the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Co. and has spent hundreds of hours in local schools teaching fire prevention to children. He has also been instrumental in conducting several fire prevention education programs to pre-schools and day cares.

Kenneth and Juanita Ray, owners, Ray’s Saw, Centre, Ala.

As foster parents for the past 30 years, Kenneth and Juanita have served over 300 neglected and abused children in Alabama. They work closely with the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Co., an organization that strives to provide homes for neglected and abused children.

Paul G. White, III, owner, Warren Industrial & Lawn Supply, Dunn, NC

For the past 12 years, Paul has volunteered with Ducks Unlimited, a conservation organization that uses over 84% of every dollar raised to purchase or protect North American wetlands in order to preserve multiple species of wildlife.

Keith Penatzer, owner, Ray’s Lawnmower Sales & Service, Summerhill, Pa.

Every year Keith and his sons ride in the annual 150-mile Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Bike Ride. Before the ride, they canvas the area for donations to support research for MS. The Allegheny Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society serves over 6,700 people in 20 Pennsylvania counties.

For more information, visit husqvarna.com