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Ellsworth gives away three AC units

August 15, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

One had an air conditioner that was 23 years old, another had one that only cooled half the home, and a third needed one for their new home in the area for her husband who works outside 12 hours a day.

These three people were the winners of new air conditioning systems courtesy of Ellsworth Heating & Cooling from its annual Christmas in July event.

The winners were feted last Tuesday with lunch and their prizes, which will be installed as soon as possible. An installed air conditioner, with ductwork and everything, can run up to $5,000 or more.

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From left, Lennox representative Brian Mullaly, Danny Ballard as Santa Claus, Pasquale Ferrari and Lennox representative Ed Westlove at the Christmas in July celebration at Ellsworth Heating & Cooling last week. Ferrari was awarded a new central air conditioning unit.

Diana Smith, Lacie Kyle and Pasquale Ferrari were winners of the units, which central air conditioner companies Trane, Daikin and Lennon donated one unit apiece, and the North Fort Myers Community Coalition, consisting of the North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association and the Rotary.

Smith, who lives in Tamiami Village, said her unit only cooled the back of the house.

"It's a blessing. I've been praying for the last two years that my old air-conditioner that's 15 years old and makes a lot of noise will hold up," Smith said. "My neighbor told me about this. They have an Ellsworth unit and they told me to apply. I never win anything. I never expected it."

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Ferrari, who lives in Old Bridge Village, said he never won anything and learned about it from one of the Ellsworth employees.

"It said the air conditioner was installed in 1995 and I didn't know how long it would last. I spent some money on it now and then," Ferrari said. "I was shocked. So many people called. It was good timing."

Kyle needed an air conditioner for the house they bought two years ago. Her husband wanted to come home to a cool home after work.

"He works 12 hours a day and I saw it on the Facebook page. Told my mom, she wrote in and that was that," Kyle said. "We had the old unit fixed three or four times in the past year and we're a one-income family. It's hard when something has to be replaced."

This was the first time in the 16-year history of the Christmas in July promotion that Ellsworth has teamed up with a community group to help select winners. They promoted the event on their websites and had applications that people can either pick up in person or download.

"It was our first endeavor and what a way to start it and get the community involved. We got three very deserving recipients," said Doug Dailey, president of the civic association. "It's kind of an historic event for us."

Al Giacalone, president-elect for the Chamber of Commerce, was its representative.

William Barnes, president at Ellsworth and who represented the Rotary, said the company is celebrating its 50th year in business, and the feeling he gets from giving back never gets old.

"When the coalition came together, we thought it would be great for one to have an air conditioner and work with the community," Barnes said. "We're pleased to give back to the community that gives us so much. People say its so nice to give. I get so much back from it, not from a business sense, but being successful is being able to give back."



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