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chinewProduce Alliance LLC, one of the larger produce management services companies in the United States, leverages its national distribution and grower-shipper network to lead an annual philanthropic campaign benefitting one of Chicago’s premiere Children’s Hospitals.

Jan. 26, 2014 marked the 17th annual “Aon Step Up for Kids challenge” at the Aon Center, one of Chicago’s tallest buildings. Participants climbed 80 flights of stairs to raise money for children and families at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. This year, the event had over 3,000 climbers and raised over $700,000. Produce Alliance lead all teams with over $35,000.

The Produce Alliance/Ruby Robinson team consisted of 45 employees and their families, with additional sponsorships coming from distributors and suppliers across the country.

Fundraising proceeds will be directed to K.I.D.S.S. for Kids, an affiliated organization of Lurie Children’s Hospital.

“In year one, we had 125 people climb. Today we have over 3,000. We are extremely proud of everyone involved and want this to be a $1 million event for the hospital,” said Robert Feldgreber, chief financial officer and general counsel for Produce Alliance/Ruby Robinson, as well as a founder of K.I.D.S.S. for Kids.