The Granite & Marble Depot Installs First of Five “Gifted” Countertops to Local Heroes Through Summer Initiative

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The Granite & Marble Depot of Aurora, a fabricator of stone products, announced the recipients of its “Nominate A Hero” initiative which began in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“We wanted to celebrate those people who have given their time and work to help others during this pandemic. Our way of giving back was to present homeowners with new countertops and installation as a way to add beautiful, modern design and function to their homes.”

The Granite & Marble Depot of Aurora, a fabricator of stone products, announced the recipients of its “Nominate A Hero” initiative which began in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initiative asked residents from Aurora, Naperville and nearby areas to nominate a person they considered to be a hero. The Granite & Marble Depot accepted any and all nominees who had been on the front lines battling the 2020 pandemic that shook the world. The nominees included a variety of local heroes including first responders, teachers, grocery store workers, and others.

Five of those heroes received new countertops. One of the winners was Larry Lasky, a front end assistant of Costco in St. Charles.

In her nomination form, Larry’s wife Angela described her husband as “an essential worker with unbelievable work ethic.”

The Laskys were ecstatic to receive new countertops. They described how they hardly ever win anything and admit to having had a relatively gloomy outlook on the world since the pandemic began.

“Since being awarded the countertops,” said Angela. “We can hardly believe it. It feels like our luck and our lives have changed. We’re more positive, we feel revitalized, and we’re just so grateful for Cambria and The Granite & Marble Depot.” This link captures the before and after process.

Tarek Merhebi, CEO and president of The Granite & Marble Depot, launched this initiative in an effort to share his positive outlook with the surrounding community. He shared his idea with multiple renowned countertop manufacturers who were happy to supply materials to be installed.

“It’s [the pandemic] difficult and it may continue but eventually, it will end,” he said. “It’s important to stay positive, share positivity, and to persevere.”

Merhebi has a strong, deep appreciation for his community and attributes a great deal of success to those friends, families, and community members who have supported his business throughout the years.

“We wanted to celebrate those people who have given their time and work to help others during this pandemic,” said Merhebi. “Our way of giving back was to present homeowners with new countertops and installation as a way to add beautiful, modern design and function to their homes.”

About The Granite & Marble Depot:
The Granite & Marble Depot, Inc. offers over 300 species of natural granite, marble, limestone, travertine, slate, and engineered stones in a wide variety of colors to suit your needs. Their professional and dedicated staff assists clients in the design and selection process to ensure the most functional and pleasing setup. The team provides complete and professional installation in service areas that include the Greater Chicago area, Northwest Indiana, and the Wisconsin border. The business, which also has locations in Westmont, Mokena, Chicago and Rolling Meadows, delivers the materials and installs for interior and exterior projects including kitchens, bathrooms, floors, outdoor grills and more. For more information, visit http://mygranite.com/. ###

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