Aurora, Colo. -- Bona US announced the culmination of a charity campaign challenge to help benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the efforts of Thomas Jefferson High School students in Denver. The hardwood floor finish and floor care manufacturer offered a friendly challenge to the Colorado school this past September, to raise $20,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in exchange for a complete gym floor sand and refinish. Successful in their fundraising efforts, Thomas Jefferson High School presented St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a check for $21,000, at a special pep rally.

“We are grateful to Bona and Thomas Jefferson High School for this wonderful donation,” said Paty Sands, local St. Jude representative and Walk/Run coordinator. “Fundraising efforts are core to our success as a research hospital. Families seeking care at St. Jude never receive a bill for anything, so we rely on support from efforts like this one. This donation will go a long way to help children battling childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”

For the past three years, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been the charity of choice for Bona US, with a focus on fundraising efforts and participating in local events like the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer. Bona had over one-hundred employees, family and friends participate in the recent St. Jude Walk/Run, held in Denver.

“Our school gym is in desperate need of a refinish, so this friendly challenge was a great way for us to teach our student body about giving back to a worthwhile cause, while receiving the extra bonus of a new gym floor,” said Anne Rice, athletic director, Thomas Jefferson High School. “The importance of giving back is a lesson we hope to instill in our community and seed with our student base as they continue their life journey.”

Bona US, in partnership with Praters Floors (Chattanooga, TN), will begin work on refinishing the gym floor at Thomas Jefferson High School in early 2019, using its safe waterborne system of Bona Sport products.

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