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Friedrich Donation Benefits Chicago and Piedras Negras, Mexico

SAN ANTONIO — Friedrich Air Conditioning, the San Antonio manufacturer of room air conditioners, announces donations of AC units to a historic Chicago theater and a San Antonio ministry that helps impoverished families in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. These donations came just in time for the summer heat and humidity.

In Piedras Negras, the Templo Aleluya Church previously could not afford the electric bills for air conditioning. A number of churches along with the San Antonio non-profit Aleluya Ministries of Hope donated money for a solar panel system that can now produce the electricity to run the donated air conditioning.

"Friedrich proudly supports this ministry which is willing to give courageously despite the risks faced in this dangerous area of Mexico to help poor children and their mothers enjoy a higher quality of life," said Wink Chapman, vice president of sales and marketing for Friedrich Air Conditioning.

Friedrich donated -three 2.5 ton ductless mini split systems and two 8000 BTU window air conditioners to the ministry. The new mini splits at Aleluya Church will cool the sanctuary and the dining/kitchen area.

Rey de Reyes, another church in Piedras Negras, also received the donation.

Aleluya Ministries feeds over 80 children plus their mothers each day at Templo Aleluya. Rey de Reyes has about 150 youth in its mission churches. Many of the houses in the area are made of scrap wood and metal. In order to help mothers earn more money, the ministry teaches beautician classes and has a sewing room where mothers make crafts to sell and help support their families.

"Friedrich takes great pride in extending a helping hand to our neighbors in Mexico, especially children and mothers who struggle daily to survive in an area plagued by peril," Chapman said.

A Chicago theater in the building now known as Broadway Armory Park also benefitted from a Friedrich donation consisting of two Ductless Split Systems. Built in 1916, the Chicago structure was originally Winter Garden Ice Skating Rink and by the end of World War I, it was modified as an armory operated by the National Guard for drilling and training.

In 1998, it was purchased by the Chicago Park District, making it the park district's largest indoor recreational facility. Jackalope Theatre Company turned the unused military garage within the Park into a 60-seat theater.

Thanks to the Friedrich donation, for the first time in history, the Chicago theater is now air conditioned.

"People loved our shows, but did not enjoy sitting through two hours in a non-air conditioned theater. This new system will allow our patrons and actors to experience our theater comfortably year-round," said Nate Silver, managing director of the Jackalope Theatre Company.

For additional information, visit www.friedrich.com.