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Pinnacle, a Toshiba dealer, donates copier to benefit

7-year-old SANTA MARIA, CA-Pinnacle Office Systems, a Santa Maria-based Toshiba copier and fax dealership, is co-sponsoring a campaign to benefit Stephanie Snow, who suffers a rare disorder, Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP).

Bob and Jennifer Snow, parents of Stephanie, and Pinnacle president Mike Mitchell have been selling raffle tickets throughout the Santa Maria area and on April 17, 1999, a drawing will be held at the annual Santa Maria barbecue. The top prize is a Toshiba 2860 copier, which is being donated by Pinnacle. Funds raised will be donated to the International Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva Association (IFOPA).

IFOPA, a non-profit organization, supports education, communication and medical research for the rare genetic disorder that causes bone to form in muscles and other connective tissues. Currently, there is no treatment or cure. For more information, call Bob Snow. (805) 937-1420.

Friend of the Agency Award to Fonteyn

A $5,000 scholarship fund in the name of Frank Fonteyn was announced at a reception honoring Fonteyn for his 35 years work on behalf of the office equipment industry through BTA and, before that, NOMDA. The scholarship fund was established by Hunter Barth Inc. of Costa Mesa, CA, a marketing and advertising firm that has been closely aligned with the office products industry.

“Frank Fonteyn is a visionary and catalyst for action, causing a positive chain reaction of results. He helped us fulfill our firm’s vision to be a powerful and recognizable marketing force, improving quality of life, and he’s done that for so many individuals, companies and organizations,” Hunter Barth founder, Paul Barth told the assembled crowd at the BTA Conference Center in Kansas City, MO.

Frank Fonteyn, sixty, began his career selling for Kennedy Office Machines in San Jose, CA after his discharge from the Navy at the end of WWII. He ultimately became a principal in the firm while also becoming a driving force in the office equipment industry. In 1990, he joined BTA full time, helping dealers through educational programs, manufacturer relations, political action efforts and overseeing the BTA (NOMDA) trade show. In the words of long time BTA legal counsel, Robert Goldberg, who emceed the reception, “No one has given more or done more for the industry than Frank Fonteyn.”

The Frank Fonteyn scholarship fund was awarded as part of Hunter Barth’s “Official Friend of the Agency Program” acknowledging those who make a recognizable and powerful contribution improving quality of life. Given the opportunity to establish it at any school, Fonteyn chose Avila College, a 1500 student liberal arts institution near BTA in Kansas City. Tim Barry, vice president of Avila College said, “Over the past nine years, Frank has become a dear friend to Avila College and to me personally. My heartfelt thanks to Frank and Hunter Barth Inc. for this enlightened gift-it will powerfully improve quality of life.”

Copyright B U S Publishing Group, Inc. Jan 1999

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