On October 26, 2016, Chuck Podczerwinski was honored by the Compassion Foundation as a Community Champion for his work with Team PODZ. The Community Champion award recognizes men and women committed to improving quality of life by giving their time, talent and energy through community service.
The Compassion Foundation is based in Aurora, IL. Through its fund-raising efforts, the Foundation provides grants to groups and individuals who work with people in need, giving preference to programs that enable people to help themselves. They believe each person has unique intellectual, emotional, spriritual and physical potential.
We are very proud of Chuck, and ask that you join in congratulating him for recognition of his hard work at Team PODZ!
Team PODZ once again partnered with Young Hearts for Life in 2015-2016. Young Hearts for Life (www.yh4l.org) is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide ECG screenings for students. The organization was founded by Dr. Joseph Marek, and to-date has screened over 100,000 students. These screenings can be used to diagnose undetected heart defects at an early age, allow them to be treated properly.
Team PODZ was pleased to donate $42,500 to Young Hearts for Life this year, to help Dr. Marek bring ECG screenings into schools around the nation. Part of this donation was used to sponsor a heart screening event at East Aurora High School. YH4L screened a total of 864 students, identifying 5 at-risk students unaware of potential heart conditions. It was an extremely successful day, and the results show that we are able to make a difference!
In recognition of our contributions, Team PODZ was awarded a certificate of gratitude by the East Aurora School Board. The certificate was presented to Chuck and Sue Podczerwinski at the November 2015 School Board Meeting.
Team PODZ also made another donation to the Fr. Ronald Scholarship Fund at Benet Academy, where Dan was a 2005 graduate. Team PODZ was able to donate $42,500 to the Fr. Ronald Fund in Dan's memory. The Fr. Ronald Fund is a scholarship fund maintained by Benet Academy, and is used to offset tuition for students and families with financial need. Team PODZ is very proud to be able to give back to Benet in Dan's memory in such a big way, and we could not have done it without everyone's support!