The IRONMAN Foundation will partner with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to provide US$25,000 in life-saving equipment to the City of Verona and Oregon Police Departments in conjunction with the 2017 IRONMAN Wisconsin triathlon, which takes place on Sunday 10 September 2017.
In addition, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute an additional US$80,000 in charitable giveback to non-profit initiatives and groups in the greater Madison region. This brings the total awarded to date to US$1,047,000 to 192 local organizations.
Now in their fourth year of partnership, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and IRONMAN Foundation program has provided more than US$334,000 in equipment to 26 first responder organizations in 12 IRONMAN race communities.
The City of Verona Police Department will receive a street legal, environmentally friendly, MotoEV Electro Neighborhood Vehicle. The vehicle will allow supervisors to travel quickly and safely to inaccessible areas during special events for the safety of participants, visitors and citizens. The Oregon Police Department will receive seven new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to be used by first responders to revive cardiac arrest victims.
“First responders are much like IRONMAN athletes, proving anything is possible,” said Meghan Vargas, Senior Manager of Development for Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. “It’s a privilege to partner with the IRONMAN Foundation and give back to those who selflessly protect us and keep our communities safe every day.”
“We are truly honored to continue our partnership with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to support the brave men and women who put their lives on the line for their community each and every day,” said Sarah Hartmann, IRONMAN Foundation Community Relations Manager. “The IRONMAN Foundation is proud to support so many local community organizations and their incredible initiatives. Together we’re creating a lasting impact in our race community of Madison.”
The IRONMAN Foundation’s additional US$80,000 in grant funding to local groups will include a US$35,000 grant to the Madison Area Sports Commission to support the programming of Dane County youth organizations that connect children to sports activities.
The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteerism grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where IRONMAN events are held. In 2017, The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than US$1.5 million in grant funding to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities across North America.