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Mac-Gray and AAMD Cook Up Some Fun

Denver Event to Raise Funds to Educate Building Management Industry Professionals

October 24, 2009

Denver, Colorado, October 24, 2009 -- Mac-Gray Corporation, the nation’s premier provider of laundry facilities management services to multi-unit housing locations, and the Apartment Association of Metro Denver (AAMD) present the 10th annual Chili Cook Off on October 24th at the Redi Carpet Warehouse. The Cook Off features 125 different chili recipes and is an exclusive event for AAMD members and their families.

The Chili Cook Off was founded in 2000 by Mac-Gray’s Chip Kabrud. The first Cook Off welcomed 150 AAMD members and served 20 chili recipes. The event has grown significantly over the past ten years. Today over 800 AAMD members and their families will attend. This year’s Cook Off is expected to raise over $35,000 for AAMD to go towards educating young people in the building management industry and helping property managers, leasing agents and maintenance staff receive the necessary knowledge for certifications required to manage multi-unit properties throughout the Denver area.

“I enjoy seeing the families each year and providing professionals in the industry with a way to make connections and network with other apartment owners and operators,” said event Chairperson Chip Kabrud, who is fondly known as “the Big Chili.”

“This is an opportunity for industry professionals to not only enjoy a fun event with their peers, but to raise funds to help create educational opportunities for their next generation of co-workers,” said Mac-Gray’s Ryan Thiess, who serves as the committee’s Vice Chairperson. “Outreach efforts like this are especially critical during the current economic environment.”

The event will feature a “kid’s zone” with face painting, a haunted house, arts and crafts, and a jumping castle. Adults can enjoy the beer garden and a sports lounge with college football on TV courtesy of DISH Network®. Other sponsors include Redi Carpet, For Rent Media Solutions™, Interstate Complete Restoration, Construction & Service, and NuBilt Restoration & Construction.

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