In support of the California ALS Association
For Ken Kisner, you can mix business and friendship for a good cause. The President of INX Digital International has known Matt Chaney, a friend of his in the Bay area community of Lafayette, CA, for 12 years. In 2001, Matt was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Since then, events like this Saturday’s 8th annual Napa Valley Ride & Walk To Defeat ALS, sponsored by the Golden West chapter of the ALS Association, have taken on new meaning.
Last year’s benefit attracted more than 600 cyclists and walkers who participated and raised over $330,000. This year, the event is being supported by ALS members from the Greater Sacramento, Orange County and Greater San Diego chapters. For several years, Kisner has relied on industry relationships to combine with his efforts by donating services to produce the various banners and rigid signs that can be found at the start and finishing areas. When a local company couldn’t commit to help print this year’s 156 signs for free, Kisner called in a favor. Help was answered 2,400 miles away by Decal Impressions in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“Bryan Vielhauer, the owner of Decal Impressions, is a terrific guy like my friend Matt Chaney. He’s a friend who jumped at the chance to help and get involved in what we do for the ALS Association,” said Kisner, whose company is a leading global manufacturer of inkjet inks for digital printers.
Kisner called Vielhauer last week because he was in need of a printer with an experienced team and a fast, high quality flatbed printer to get the job done. That’s when Decal Impressions did what they do best.
“We had a short timeframe and three days turnaround to do it. Most of the signs were 24 inches by 18 inches and all of them were four-color process,” Vielhauer said. “Our team buckled down to get this project done for a great cause.”
The signs are just one part of a special event. Something a friend can do for another friend in need.
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