CGI Windows & Doors Honors Local Heroes for Assisting Communities
2020 has been a tough year, which makes it all more inspiring to see members of the industry still take the time to recognize people who help others. This week, Hialeah, Fla.-based CGI Windows & Doors, which is part of the PGT Innovations family of brands, honored four members of its community with its “CGI Heroes: Celebrating Strength Contest” contest, with prizes of $2,000 each.
This included Joan Saint-Hilaire, a kindergarten teacher at Whispering Pines Elementary School in Cutler Bay within Miami-Dade County, who has educated students for 26 years and ensures her children are fed with a refrigerator filled with milk, cereal and other snacks. She also drove by their homes with pamphlets and gift bags to ensure they had the necessary school supplies.
Another honoree, Katie Lizana, is a fourth-generation watchmaker and co-owner of Circa Tempus LLC, which produces watches for people with special needs. Lizana also has worked to help nurses and doctors who experienced discomfort in their ears due to the loops and restrictions of their surgical masks.
“Our team is honored to highlight their selfless acts and reward them for the ways they have served their communities.”
In addition to developing an ear-saving prototype, she has crafted and customized thousands of complementary mask attachments known as “ear savers.” Lizana has received hundreds of requests for her products through Facebook and Instagram. “Giving back gives me purpose, and I cannot thank these health care workers enough for what they do on a daily basis,” she said.
Demi Genao, another prize winner, is a registered nurse at Broward Health Medical Center who works 12-hour shifts three days a week and also buys and hand delivers food to the elderly in her off time. The fourth winner, Jarrel Strong, has sought to help the homeless and has helped purchase and make meal deliveries that fed approximately 300 men and women in three separate sections of Overtown, Fla.
Strong also is pursuing criminal defense law to help those in the criminal justice system and help defend and provide resources for those who are unable to defend themselves. “I’ve experienced these same situations,” he said. “Once I was above those circumstances, I felt it was my duty to turn back and help those in need as well.”
“These four Miami-Dade and Broward County residents represent the definition of a community hero,” commented Bob Keller, president of the Southeast Business Unit for PGT Innovations. “They have demonstrated strength, generosity and compassion in the face of unprecedented adversity, and their actions have shown that we truly are stronger together. Our team is honored to highlight their selfless acts and reward them for the ways they have served their communities.”