Local Business Community Rallies in Support of Convaid’s 2015 South Bay Kidsfest

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Convaid today announced the sponsor roster for its First Annual South Bay Kidsfest to be held this Saturday,  June 27, 2015 from 11a.m. to 3p.m. at the PTN Campus located at 1815 W. 213th Street, Torrance, CA 90501. The family friendly event will feature a day long film festival of short films for kids; outdoor carnival games face painting, fun food and other activities which will run concurrently to an educational program for medical prescribers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, caregivers and parents of children with mobility challenges where Convaid’s latest pediatric stroller, the Trekker, will be introduced during the event.

Supporting Convaid, PTN and United Cerebral Palsy in this event are several local business including: Artiano & Associates, Great American Packaging, John Cataldo Architect, Inc., Hadd Co., Eazy Hold, Knock Knock, Richard Welling & Co., LLP, Systems Technology, Inc., Dotta Foods, Voss Water and Choura Events.

Convaid President Chris Braun said, “I am honored that PTN and UCPLA have chosen to join us in this First Annual Kidsfest that brings together our respective communities in an inclusive family event that brings awareness to our collective mission to improve quality of life for all special needs children and with a focus on the importance of pediatric mobility across the special needs spectrum.”

PTN Chief Executive Officer and founder Terri Nishimura said, “We are thrilled that our neighbors at Convaid invited us to participate in Kidsfest, and look forward to the community joining us for a fun=filled, family friendly event. As a nonprofit early child development and therapy center, PTN values partnerships with organizations like Convaid who support us in enhancing the lives of children with special needs while helping them reach their full capacities.

UCPLA Chief Development Officer, Amy Simons said, “Each day, UCPLA cares for 1,100 individuals with developmental disabilities of all sorts and their families, and we are committed to building better, more inclusive communities for these individuals.” Ronald S. Cohen, President and Chief Executive Office of UCPLA said, “UCPLA is proud to align with Convaid to help individuals with developmental disabilities and their families pursue healthy, fulfilling lives without limitation.”

2015 South Bay Kidsfest is one of several community events planned between Convaid and its community partners.  It will also serve as a forum to exchange information on the Convaid Trekker, a lightweight, compact folding pediatric stroller that accommodates functional or rest positions and increased sitting tolerance for maximum comfort is often prescribed for children with mild to moderate involvement of the following conditions:  Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Spinal Bifida, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Cystic Fibrosis, Mitochondrial Disease, Metabolic Diseases, and Sensory Processing Disorders, among others.To learn more about Convaid and its products, please visit http://www.convaid.com or call 1-888-CONVAID.

About Convaid

Convaid, the company that invented the adaptive assisted wheelchair, has helped special needs children and their families live fuller, more productive lives since 1976. Convaid produces high-performance, easy-to-use and attractive mobility products for all stages of a young person’s life, from infancy to young adulthood. Each product is custom-built to individual specifications to provide optimum comfort, safety and convenience.

About PTN

Pediatric Therapy Network a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization is an early child development and therapy center that was founded in 1996 and provides quality services for children with special needs and those at risk for developmental issues.  PTN provides speech, physical and occupational therapy to 2,500 children a year and is a resource to families through a variety of programs and services.  PTN serves ages 0 to 22 of all abilities, including those with autism spectrum disorder developmental delays, and learning disabilities, sports-related injuries, orthopedic and neurological challenges. With a dedicated staff of 150 employees, PTN serves children from all over the South Bay at its 30,000-square foot clinic in Torrance.

About United Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties (UCPLA) operates over 40 program sites throughout five counties in southern California and has extended its mission to serve all people with developmental disabilities. These programs include adult day activity centers, children’s programs, community living support services, group homes and independent living apartments. UCPLA provides services to over 1,100 children and adults with developmental disabilities daily. For more information on UCPLA visit www.ucpla.org or Facebook at facebook.com/ucpla. UCPLA was founded in 1945 by a small group of parents who wanted to create community-based services or their children with developmental disabilities and similar service needs when no such services existed. UCPLA is dedicated to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of children and adults with developmental disabilities and those with similar service requirements. UCPLA’s programs and services keep pace with the need for services, programs, resources and support groups to provide clients and families equal opportunities to choose and participate in lifestyles that enable them to live in and contribute to their own communities.

About our Sponsors:

Artiano & Associates

Since 1984, Artiano & Associates, APC Attorneys at Law has been representing Southern California individuals and businesses in a variety of legal area ranging from environmental litigation to medical malpractice defense. The firm is one of South Bay’s largest firms, having earned an upstanding reputation among client and peers, resulting in the majority of the firm’s cases originating from attorney referrals.

Great American Packaging

Great American Packaging is a South Bay-based manufacturer of custom that poly bags, film and other packing products made in California since 1966. Products include tubing, sheeting, printed bags and film, specialty bags, postal approved film, pallet covers, gap ice bags and the company also provides automated packaging services.

John Cataldo Architect, Inc.

Since its inception in 1986, Cataldo Architects has completed well over 3,000 buildings across a wide variety of building types. Catalo’s staff of 17 help through all aspects of architecture, engineering, and construction administration with a goal to see each client’s visions come to life. Cataldo Architects, guided by its founder John Cataldo, serves the building industry by providing astute guidance for developers, builders, and buyers.

Hadd Co.

Founded in 1958, Hadd Co. has established a nation-wide reputation of providing leading quality NDT inspection services specializing in Magnetic Particle Inspection and Liquid Penetrant Inspection. The company is privately owned. It prides itself on its considerable technical experience, highest quality standards and relentless commitment to building close relationships with its customers.  Hadd Co. is accredited by Nadcap, Boeing and other leading manufacturers.

Eazy Hold

Eazy Hold was founded by three active sisters, mothers and professional women, who found that many tasks around the house and garden were becoming a challenge due to the arthritis in their hands. Frustrated, they constructed a duct-tape EazyHold on a broom handle that became the first model. Quickly, their grip assistive straps evolved into comfortable silicone strap that could fit on virtually anything, proving invaluable for those needing a little grip assistance. Products will be on display at Kidsfest!

Knock Knock

Founded in 2002 by Jen Bilik, Knock Knock creates or curates witty, design-driven gift products and books, along with anything else that brings humor, function, organization, and aesthetics to everyday life. Knock Knock believes that people are intelligent enough to appreciate wit, wordplay, and conceptual thought.  The Knock Knock team operates out of a sunny loft in Venice, California, creating products and books to overseeing the all-important logistical dynamics of manufacturing, sales, and distribution.

Richard Welling & Co., LLP

Founded in 1988, Richard Welling LLP has grown into one of the premier tax compliance and consulting firms for the investment management and real estate industries.  The firm’s clients range from global asset management and investment firms, to major real estate developers and operators. They also serve private clients with investment and real estate activities such as business owners, executives, family offices, trusts, and estates — provide clients with comprehensive and integrated solutions — to their complex tax issues.

Systems Technology, Inc.

Founded in 1957, STI is a research, engineering consulting and product development firm that resides at a unique intersection. Its expertise is where two types of complex dynamic systems meet: machines that move and the humans that control them, from aircraft to automobiles, airships to underwater towed bodies, and oil rigs to astronomical telescopes. The company has been on the cutting edge of research and engineering for nearly six decades, applying fundamental physics and math principles to address new technological challenges.

Dotta Foods

Founded in 1996, Dotta Foods works closely with certified manufacturing plants in Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Peru, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Ecuador. Focusing on specialty and value-added products, the company provides a diverse selection of products and services to meet demanding specifications. Exclusive suppliers rely on Dotta for all of their North American and European sales, as a securely managed and well financed partner that provides incremental volume opportunities not available through their current sales system (brokers, importers, or company employed).

Voss Water

Voss Water is the vision and creation of two boyhood friends growing up in Oslo, Norway; Ole Christian Sandberg and Christopher Harlem. They knew instinctively that bottling pure Norwegian artesian water would be a big hit with discerning consumers around the world. The success of VOSS comes from a clear vision of quality and design, and is now celebrated in 50 countries. Tailored for different consumption occasions, VOSS is available in Still and Sparkling high grade PET and glass containers.

Choura Events

Choura Events is a Los Angeles based creative event agency specializing in high-end tenting, furniture and rentals. Founded in 2005 and led by the vision of Ryan Choura, the company has 85 dedicated event professionals who are on a mission is to make better events. Choura provides design, perspective and creativity to utilize the company’s extraordinary collection of inventory and depth of services to produce an event that combines vision and logistics, ideas and execution.

Links:

Convaid website:  http://www.convaid.com

Trekker http://www.convaid.com/adjustable-tilt-space-wheelchairs-trekker-c-1_14_207-l-en.html

Convaid YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ConvaidProductsInc

Convaid Community Blog: https://convaidblog.wordpress.com/

Pediatric Therapy Network:  www.pediatrictherapynetwork.org

United Cerebral Palsy:  http://www.ucpla.org/

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