Southland Industries’ Annual Southern California Golf Tournament Raises $70,000 for Charity

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 18:45

Garden Grove, CA 

Southland Industries, one of the nation's largest mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) building systems experts providing engineering, construction, service and energy service solutions, recently hosted its Annual Southern California Golf Tournament in Costa Mesa, California. Held at Mesa Verde Country Club, the proceeds from the tournament were donated to the American Heart Association, the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) Children’s Foundation, and the family of a five-year-old girl battling cancer.

As the recipient of $30,000, the American Heart Association is a non-profit organization practicing appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by heart disease and stroke. Donations made to the organization support vital efforts such as research, education, advocating for better health, improving patient care, and reaching populations at risk.

“Over the past two years, Southland Industries has been a great supporter of the American Heart Association’s mission in battling against our nation’s first and fourth largest killers: heart disease and stroke. With Division Leader Chris Taylor’s leadership, we have really been able to engage Southland employees as well as spread our mission throughout the Orange County community. We are truly thankful for Southland Industries and the difference they are making,” said Nickie Behdin, Senior Business Development Director of the American Heart Association.

Another local charitable organization benefiting from a $30,000 donation from Southland is the Children’s Hospital of Orange County Foundation (CHOC), which focuses on ensuring the health and well-being of children and their families living in Orange County by generating community awareness and resources.

“We are grateful for the support and contribution we received from Southland Industries. A gift of this size and nature provides CHOC with the vital resources needed to care for our most fragile population—our children.  The proceeds from Southland's tournament are humbling and it is this type of community investment that allows CHOC to continue its mission,” stated Zach Abrams, Director of Special Events and Corporate Relations at CHOC Children’s Hospital.

Additionally, Southland was able to donate $10,000 to help one very brave little girl, Hannah Higgins, who has been fighting bilateral Wilms tumor, a cancer of the kidneys, with lung metastases.  As the five-year-old granddaughter of Southland Contract Executive Mark Collins, Hannah has gone through six months of chemotherapy, lung and flank radiation, and major surgery to remove one kidney and part of another.

“My husband, Josh, and I are so touched that Southland has extended support to our family in such a nice way. We are so surprised by Southland's generosity. Knowing that we have so many people's support and prayers has made this awful time more bearable for us,” Hannah’s mother, Kristen Higgins, remarked.

“To say that the tournament was a success would be an understatement. This was the ultimate way to give back to our community. Thanks to everyone who made this event successful. We look forward to doing it again next year.  Please keep Hannah and her family in your thoughts,” stated Southland’s Southern California Division Leader Chris Taylor.

Southland acknowledges the tournament sponsors who assisted in making this event possible: Aon Risk Solutions Artex Risk Solutions, Inc, Bank of America, Berg Electric, Charles Pankow Builders, CHUBB Surety, Bay Insulation of L.A, Climatec, Compete Consulting Group, Dawson Company, DB Sales, Delta Q, DMG Corporation, DPR Construction, Farwest Insulation, Ferguson, Haldeman, ISAT, KSR Associates, LLC / Data Aire, Mason West, McCarthy, Milwaukee Valve, Moss Adams, Nibco, Norman S. Wright Climatec, PCI, Office Solutions, Penta Building Group, Potter Roemer, Pottorff APS, R.F. McDonald, Rosendin Electric, Sigler/Raypak, SoCal Pipe Trades, Superior Duct Fabrication, The Spartan Group, Total Environmental Management, Turner Construction, Victaulic, Wells Fargo, Woodruff, Spradlin and Smart.

About Southland

Founded in 1949, Southland Industries is one of the nation's largest MEP building systems experts providing innovative yet practical solutions through a holistic approach to building performance. Advocating a design-build-maintain model, Southland specializes in the design, construction, and service of mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, process piping, automation and controls systems, as well as comprehensive energy services needs. Offering standalone services as well as integrated solutions, Southland’s in-house experts remain connected, sharing knowledge and information in order to produce the results that have earned Southland its unmatched reputation as one of the top design-builders in the nation. As a company that has always prided itself on innovation and collaboration, Southland continues to pave the way as an industry leader in sustainability and energy efficiency so as to improve the way buildings are designed, built, and maintained. For information, please visit

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