fields four-member cycling team to take part in nearby Team LIVESTRONG Challenge Davis event

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Online home improvement retailer supports the fight against cancer by raising funds in the foundation’s lone Northern California stop

Even when I was struggling, they stayed with me and we all finished together,” said Plumbing category manager Jason Childs. “I personally loved the finish when the team all rode together four-wide. It was a great moment.

While continuing to enjoy profitable growth in an unstable economy, online home improvement retailer (No. 80 on the Internet Retailer Magazine Top 500 List) supports and encourages its employees to take part in extra-curricular sports and fundraisers. Earlier this month, four employees of the Chico, Calif.-based home improvement company took part in the Team LIVESTRONG Challenge in nearby Davis, Calif.

The Davis leg of the three-part cycling series offered distances ranging from 20 to 105 miles. Plumbing brand managers John Thomas and Dan Shipman rode 70 miles, and HVAC category manager Devin Van Hout and plumbing category manager Jason Childs completed the full 105 miles.

“Jason and I have been riding quite a bit this spring and summer,” said Van Hout. “One of his skydiving friends told us about this ride. We decided to gather a group at and jump on this opportunity to ride in beautiful Davis and raise money for a worthy cause.”

The LIVESTRONG Foundation, formerly the Lance Armstrong Foundation, is dedicated to raising funds for cancer research and providing awareness, educational resources and support for those affected by the disease., the leading online-only home improvement retailer, takes part in fundraising and philanthropic events. In 2010, a number of employees volunteered on two separate builds for the local Habitat For Humanity chapter.

And during last year’s floods in Nashville, Tenn., pledged to donate $1 for every new fan it garnered on its Facebook page during June 2010. The company contributed $5,000 to Hands On Nashville, a non-profit helping those in Nashville and the surrounding areas.

According to the Sacramento Business Journal, the Team LIVESTRONG Challenge Davis attracted 1,400 participants from 36 states and nine countries and raised $880,000. The team raised $1,070 to go toward cancer research. The two remaining stops in this year’s Team LIVESTRONG Challenge are Philadelphia (Aug. 20-21) and Austin, Texas (Oct. 15-16).

Childs, a skydiving enthusiast, said riding with the team alongside Gravity and Gears (led by his skydiving friends) was a definite highlight of the day.

“Even when I was struggling, they stayed with me and we all finished together,” Childs said. “I personally loved the finish when the team all rode together four-wide. It was a great moment.”

A photo album of the event can be seen on the photostream on here.

Headquartered in Chico, Calif., has established itself as an innovator in the online home improvement retail space. creates a unique web experience by encouraging customers to visit a diverse range of niche stores within its network. is among the online category leaders in plumbing, lighting, door hardware and ventilation. currently employs more than 250 people and continues to grow and pioneer in the home improvement industry. For more information on, visit the company’s corporate site at or visit its Facebook page at

Contact: Sean Murphy, Public Relations,, smurphy(at)build(dot)com and (800) 375-3403, x476.


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