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Heartland Hog Roast and High Fives

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VGM and U.S. Rehab® collaborated with Variety™ – the Children’s Charity of Iowa, Rifton®, Golden Technologies, and Obi to donate special gifts to six children residing near VGM’s corporate headquarters in Waterloo, Iowa.   

The donations, which included four adaptive tricycles, a scooter, and a robotic feeding device, were presented to the children and their families in a special presentation during the annual Heartland Conference Hog Roast. 

“We’re excited to have expanded the number of manufacturers that have given to support families in our community,” said Greg Packer, president of U.S. Rehab, a division of VGM Group, Inc. “Each child will sincerely have a better life thanks to our friends at Rifton, Golden Technologies, and Obi, along with Variety. This type of community involvement to help children be more independent in daily life is exactly what VGM and our partners are all about.” 

Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa handled the vetting process to select the recipients. The children, ranging in ages from 5 to 12, have varying special needs that prevent them from living independently. The tricycles, scooter, and feeding device will help improve that. 


Six children received the gift of independence by getting Rifton adaptive tricycles, a scooter from Golden Technologies, and an Obi robotic feeding device during a special presentation. Pictured (L-R) behind the children are Scott Stone, Obi; Clint Geffert, president of VGM & Associates; Greg Packer, president of U.S. Rehab; J.J. Trotta of Variety; VGM Group’s CEO Mike Mallaro; RJ Meyer, VGM’s Sr. VP of Sales; and Scott Owen, VGM’s Sr. VP of Contracting.   

"Adaptive bikes offer real therapeutic benefit and enhanced independence for children," said Joe Keiderling, executive vice president for Rifton Equipment. "Although they aren't covered by insurance, good-hearted Americans continue to step up and provide such bikes to the kids who so richly deserve them. Once again, U.S. Rehab has shown the way, and we couldn't be prouder to partner with them to help bring some independence to these amazing kids."

This is the third consecutive year that VGM and U.S. Rehab have worked with their partners to donate mobility equipment as part of VGM’s Heartland Conference.

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