Through its Innovation Awards program, the expo donated $20,700 to Chicago Lighthouse, a nonprofit organization that serves with visually impaired individuals in the Chicago metropolitan area.

The AHR Expo, which is one of the largest HVAC construction and sheet metal forming equipment events in the world, was held in Chicago January 22-24.

“Every year we hold the AHR Expo in a different city and are welcomed warmly by the community. We are pleased to be able to give something back through providing a donation to a local organization,” said Clay Stevens, manager of the AHR Expo. “We are thrilled to be able to donate the entry fees from our Innovation Awards competition to the Chicago Lighthouse, which provides invaluable services to so many members of the Chicago community.”

Every year, the money received from the contest’s entry fees are donated to a charitable organization in the region the expo is held.

“We are delighted to have been named the recipient of this generous donation from the AHR Expo,” said Janet Szlyk. Ph.D., Lighthouse president and CEO. “We extend our deepest appreciation and also want to thank our good friend, Lion Chris Coleman of the Enterprise Air Conditioning and Heating Co., for bringing this outstanding opportunity to our attention. We look forward to using the funds to help update the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in our 60-plus-year-old headquarters building in Chicago.”

Szlyk added that these improvements will enable the Lighthouse to provide maximum comfort for its program participants and staff members.

The 2019 AHR Expo will be held Jan. 14-16 in Atlanta. For more information, visit