Business people hold trophy up high

Brady Industries, a full-line janitorial supply, equipment and foodservice distributor, has announced the beneficiaries of the seventh grant cycle for the “Brady Shines” charity campaign, which was created as part of the company’s 70th anniversary celebration in 2017.

The cycle, which ran from March to May, was the first to have the added theme of “Healthy Living.” Over 150 applications from all Brady territories were submitted, applying for funds to benefit education-and youth-based organizations with a focus on programs that promote healthy lifestyles.

“Brady Shines continues to support outstanding organizations across our communities. We are also proud to generate awareness for these groups through this program,” says Travis Brady, president and CEO.

The winners include:

High Plains Helping Hands / Fresh Start Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado: Funds will be used to convert 1.5 acres of land into a sustainable farm and garden for disadvantaged families. The fresh food and resources cultivated are donated while jobs are created as well. Funds will go to the creation of 45 raised beds, an irrigation system and materials to protect the crops.

ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth, Chandler, Arizona: For almost 30 years, ICAN has provided free programs that empower youth to be productive, self-confident and responsible members of the community. Funds will go to the The Child and Adult Care Food Program, which provides kids with nutritious snacks, lunches during school breaks and dinner Monday through Friday and to the Playworks Program, which focuses on the power of structured outdoor physical activities. The final allocation of the funds will go to ICAN’s Garden Club.

Lake Hazel Middle School, Boise, Idaho: Grant dollars will go to support the before school basketball program where every morning up to 75 students start their day with a healthy activity in a safe environment. 

YMCA of Northern Utah, Salt Lake City: The award will fund increased access to their winter sports program for low-income children, specifically the Y I Ski Winter Sports Program serving kids ages 7-18 who otherwise would not be able to afford the associated costs of staying active through winter sports.

Brady Shines’ eighth cycle, which focuses on Safety & Well Being, launched June 1 and will accept applications through Aug. 30. Non-profits in all Brady geographic territories focused on education-and youth-based programs are invited to submit grant proposals for consideration. Organizations from the previous cycles are welcome to apply again. Full details are available at