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Monitronics Raises $25,000 for Mission 500 through Moni 5K for Children

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Monitronics has a proud history of supporting the nonprofit organization Mission 500, and the latest chapter took place on Saturday, Aug. 6, at our headquarters in Farmers Branch, Texas. We partnered with Mission 500, along with Title One schools, for the inaugural Moni 5K for Children.

In this case, 5K equaled 25K: The event raised $25,000 for Mission 500, which has worked closely with the security industry since 2007 to serve the needs of children and communities in crisis.

More than 300 runners participated in the race, which culminated in an awards ceremony. The top three male and female finishers received trophies and cash prizes:

  • First place: Ben Chesang and Kelsey Bruce ($1,000 each)
  • Second place: John Valentine and Lauren Versweyweld ($750 each)
  • Third place: Clint Bell and Anna Salazar ($500 each)

Our employees have always been known for pitching in for a worthy cause, and the race was no exception. Dozens of Moni employees ran in the event, while many others contributed a huge chunk of their time to volunteer. The event also got a boost from an appearance by Bill Rodgers, an American icon among runners and a four-time Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon winner.

The Moni 5K had its genesis last spring when 17-year-old Brock Gardner expressed interest in doing a service project. A race was a natural fit since Brock’s dad, CEO Jeff Gardner, has been running and helping to sponsor races for years. Working together, and also with employees across the organization, everyone created a successful event that will continue beyond this year.

“The race is an important cause for Monitronics,” Jeff said. “It not only brings our community together, but it provides much needed resources and support for children in need. We’re looking forward to continuing our work with Mission 500 to expand this event for years to come.”

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Monitronics Provides $20,000 in Equipment and Monitoring to Agape Center

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It’s hard to imagine anyone who appreciates the value of security more than women who are trying to escape crisis situations such as domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, or even human trafficking. But once they display the remarkable strength required to change their lives, it’s still hard to shake the fear that the past will return to threaten them.

That’s why Monitronics recently joined forces with the local philanthropic group Women With Promise, which focuses on women’s issues and provides valuable resources and mentoring. This year, the group is working with Agape Resource and Assistance Center in Plano, Texas, which helps women who are trying to establish a new beginning in their lives.

Monitronics HR Director Stacy Young spearheaded an effort in which the company provided $20,000 in home and business security equipment and free monitoring services for Agape. The equipment was installed on June 20 in Agape’s transitional housing units, as well as the organization’s main office.

Agape (pronounced “ah-GAH-pay”) provides critical transitional housing and life-skills education to help women escape homelessness, abuse, poverty, and other negative situations. While Agape is not an emergency shelter, it does offer a safe and encouraging environment for single women, single mothers and children. Agape’s transitional housing can provide a home for up to 12 months during the transitional period, with three or four women in each facility.

When Young joined a longtime friend, Women With Promise founder Leisha Cadwallader, at a meeting earlier this year, she heard a presentation by Agape Executive Director Janet Collinsworth.

“Agape mentioned the security of the women, because many of them are coming out of violent situations,” she said. “Even while they’re living in the transitional residences, they are still very concerned about their safety.  I thought ‘This is what Monitronics is about’!”

Young pitched the idea to Monitronics executives, who quickly agreed to take part. The result for Monitronics is the satisfaction of giving back to the community and playing an important role in safety for women and children. In return, Agape residents have gained an invaluable sense of security.

“Agape is elated because it has helped the women feel safer and it gives them a peace of mind which is so important in their situations,” she said.

Collinsworth agreed with that assessment, particularly when it comes to peace of mind. She noted that one of the residents had to have three locks between the outside and her bed just to be able to sleep peacefully.

“The result has been amazing,” she said. “It’s a priceless gift for women who are trying so hard to overcome living each day in fear. All of our women are healing from various degrees of abuse, and living in a safe place is a critical part of their healing.”

Bruce Mungiguerra, senior vice president of Operations for Monitronics, said that the company was “humbled” by the chance to make a difference in the lives of women who are facing challenges head-on.

“These women often face unimaginable struggles on a daily basis,” he said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to bring safety and security back to their lives, along with our generous industry partners, Alarm.com and Nortek, who joined us in donating some of the products we installed.”

“Award-Winning” is More Than Just a Label

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There’s a good reason why you’ll often see the term “award-winning” as part of any description of Monitronics and our monitoring services. It’s not just a catchphrase; it’s the truth.

The latest example came in mid-August when we were selected – for the fourth consecutive year – as a winner of the 2015 Consumers’ Choice award in the categories of Home Alarm and Business Security Systems. Companies based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are nominated by consumers; the votes are cast online by our customers and tabulated by Survey Sampling International, a global leader in consumer research.

Winning Consumers’ Choice for four straight years is a pretty big deal, but it’s not the only major award we’ve picked up this year. Last March, Monitronics also won the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Award for the fifth time in the past seven years as North American Residential Services Company of the Year. Frost & Sullivan is a global consulting firm that recognizes cutting-edge companies with best practices in growth, innovation and leadership.

Those awards honor the achievements of Monitronics as a home security company, but if you dig a little deeper you’ll see plenty of recognition for individual departments. For example, our Alarm Response Center, Dealer Development, Dealer Marketing, Sales, Customer Service and Training teams have all received recognition this year for outstanding performance in their respective areas. Our excellence is a reflection of the people who work here, not just in those teams but throughout the company.

When you read about Monitronics being an award-winning provider of home security systems and monitoring, it’s not just fluff. It’s the real deal, and it’s why we’re proud to have more than a million customers who trust us with their safety, home security and home monitoring. Check us out by visiting our website, or by connecting with us on Facebook and Twitter.

#Moni95 Speedway Sweepstakes

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When you think of Monitronics Security, protection for your home and family should come to mind. What about NASCAR racing and great prizes? Well, hold on to your hat, because Monitronics Security has teamed up with the Leavine Family Racing Team to offer a sweepstakes that’s a racing fan’s dream!

The #Moni95 sweepstakes from Monitronics Security is here, and it’s huge! You can win race tickets or racing memorabilia, but one lucky winner is going to get a dream package: the chance to meet the team’s driver, Michael McDowell, and receive VIP treatment at the November 8 race in Fort Worth. The grand prize package includes two VIP tickets and pit passes; free lodging and transportation; a free Monitronics security system, and free security monitoring for three years.

This fantastic sweepstakes is part of Monitronics’ partnership with Leavine Family Racing. This partnership began after a catastrophic fire caused significant damage to the LFR shop, destroying four race cars, as well as a 3,000 square-foot room full of equipment and parts.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the fire, and racing operations weren’t halted since the primary cars were either at a race in Kansas or located in another section of the race shop. But the incident underscored the shop’s need for a state-of-the-art security and fire monitoring system.

Monitronics stepped in to help with a system that included cameras throughout the facility, video recording, fire and heat detection, and 24-hour monitoring. This allowed Leavine Family Racing and McDowell to get back to what they do best – racing.

For racing excitement, you think NASCAR and Leavine Family Racing. For exceptional protection, you think Monitronics. Now it’s time to think of the two together.

Enter here for your chance to win big in the #Moni95 Speedway Sweepstakes.

Monitronics Forges Partnership with NASCAR Race Team

Monitronics Helps Leavine Family Racing Resume Operations After Shop Fire

Monitronics Director of Field Operations Greg Souser and Don Smyle, director of Marketing and Sponsorship for Leavine Family Racing Team.

Monitronics Director of Field Operations Greg Souser and Don Smyle, director of marketing and sponsorship for Leavine Family Racing Team.

As Leavine Family Racing resumes operations in its shop following a fire that caused significant damage in early May, Monitronics Security is pleased to announce a partnership with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race team.

Monitronics will outfit the refurbished facility with a new, state-of-the-art security and fire monitoring system. In addition, Monitronics will be featured as an associate on the team’s No. 95 Ford Fusion at Chicago, Charlotte and Texas NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends.

Four race cars were destroyed in the fire at the LFR shop along with a 3,000 square-foot room full of parts and equipment. No one was injured in the fire, and the team’s primary cars were located in another part of the race shop, allowing driver Michael McDowell and the No. 95 team to continue to race.

“We are thrilled that Monitronics has offered to help us as we move back in and continue operations in our shop in Concord,” said Bob Leavine, team owner. “The fire was certainly a setback for our team, but we saw significant support from the NASCAR community – including our partners and fans. This partnership with Monitronics is another example of that support to help us continue operations with a state-of-the-art security and fire monitoring system.”

Monitronics has provided home security and monitoring for more than 20 years, and has rapidly become an industry leader in home automation. It’s the second-largest residential security and home automation provider nationwide, with more than 1 million customers. The new system at Leavine Family Racing will include cameras throughout the facility, video recording, fire and heat detection, and 24-hour monitoring.

“The incident reminds us all about how important fire safety is, whether it’s in a facility like the Leavine Family Racing shop or at someone’s home,” said Monitronics Senior Vice President of Operations Bruce Mungiguerra. “We’re proud to provide effective fire detection that can not only help keep property damage to a minimum, but also potentially avoid injuries and save lives.”