First Service Project of 2021: Operation Second Chance

By Clint Iams, NAFCA Executive Director, Amity, PA

The North American Fence Contractor Association (NAFCA) completed its first service project of 2021 on a windy and bitter cold January 29th.  Despite the stiff wind and noticeable negative wind chill, the crew completed 300’ of ornamental aluminum for Operation Second Chance.  It’s easy to stay warm when working for a great cause. 

Operation Second Chance helps wounded warriors and their families during their stay at Walter Reed for surgeries and recoveries.  They purchased a 270 acre retreat on the Maryland/Pennsylvania border in the small town of Sabillasville.  It has cabins, dining hall, pool with pool house and space for all types of activities.  It is a picturesque facility in the mountains on a the state border.  Operation Second Chance will hold its grand opening on May 1, 2021. 

Project In Memory
Staff Sgt (Retired) Travis Partyka, US. Army

A crew comprised of members of Builders Fence, Alumi-Guard, and Log Cabin Fence installed the U shaped fence around the facility’s pool. Builders Fence and NAFCA outgoing President Scott Ruete, spearheaded this project and provided the majority of the labor and man power.  AlumiGuard donated all necessary material and gates. Fence Armor donated their ornamental clip-on fence post protection guards.  NAFCA is grateful for the generosity of its members. 

This project has been completed in memory of Staff Sgt (Retired) Travis Partyka, US. Army who tragically lost his life the week of January 18th.  A plaque in his memory will be added to the fence this spring. 

The results of this project are typical of a NAFCA service project: great companies provide the people and material to give back to a great organization. In turn, that organization is able to give back to members of our society in need.  A tremendous thank you goes out to Alumi-Guard, Builders Fence, Fence Armor, and Log Cabin Fence for their support of this project.

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