ATI kicks off fundraiser for Coal City tornado relief

Local corporation finds ways to give back

By Laura Katauskas | Staff Reporter

The ATI Foundation and Bolingbrook-based ATI Physical Therapy clinics are working to help residents of Coal City recover from last month’s tornadoes.

ATI locations in Joliet, Crest Hill, Shorewood, Plainfield, Minooka, Morris and Ottawa are selling T-shirts for $20, bracelets for $5 and Coal City Strong tags for $2 through Friday, July 24.  To make a donation, individuals can stop by an ATI location mentioned above, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

With its corporate offices located in Bolingbrook, the employee-initiated ATI Foundation focuses on helping children in need and has concentrated its efforts in Will County. The Coal City recovery is one of many local projects the company performs to support area communities.

“We have our roots in this area, our first clinic was in Willowbrook; the second in Joliet, and we now have 140 clinics throughout Illinois,” said Julie Gardner, director of marketing. “We started in this area and we like to help wherever we can.”

ATI Foundation aims to support events and raise funds with the support of its employees to help children who are ill. Just recently, the foundation was a premiere sponsor of the Super Manny shuffle, a 5K that supported a Romeoville child.

With ties to the Coal City High School Athletic Department with an ATI sports medicine athletic trainer on staff, the foundation was made aware of the needs of a child at the school, as well and the obvious need left by the tornado. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit ATI Foundation beneficiary and cancer patient, Megan Bugg of Coal City, the Community Foundation of Grundy County and the Coal City Athletic Boosters.

Terry Williams, director of the ATI Foundation, is helping to coordinate the efforts with the local clinics. “The mission of the ATI Foundation is to aid children with physical impairments to enhance their quality of life,” Williams said. “With the support of the Foundation, and the fundraising through our clinics, we’ll be able to provide Megan and her family with some financial assistance we hope will help ease the burdens they may be feeling at this time.”

In addition to a contribution to the Community Foundation of Grundy County, ATI will make a donation to the Coal City Athletic Boosters to assist with the rebuilding of the heavily damaged athletic fields at the high school.

“This is great foundation that has quietly helped many in the communities it serves,” said Gardner.

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