Community Involvement

Items to be Auctioned off to benefit Hoosier Veterans!

Curious about what will be available for auction at our dinner with Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation this Saturday November the 9th?  We got the whole list of available items below!

 

Sports Memorabilia

Andrew Luck Autographed Jersey

A  Football Autographed by Colts Coach Chuck Pagano

Marshall Faulk, Rich Eisen, Dion Sanders, Kirk Warner & Steve Mariucci Autograph Football

Adam Vinatieri Autograph Football

Andrew Luck Autograph Football

Lance Briggs All Pro Linebacker, Chicago Bears- Autograph Football

Robert Mathis Game worn Autograph Shoes

Indiana Pacers Basketball Autographed by Pacers Legends

Roger Goodell Autograph NFL Baseball Cap

Michael Vick Autograph Jersey

Rams RB Jackson Autographed Jersey

An Autographed Jersey by Dwight Freeney

 

Game Tickets

2 Lower Suite Colts Tickets! (LS 17C) – Dec 29th Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville

Electronics

iPhone5 Docking Station

Nikon Coolpix L28 Digital Camera (includes case!)

Package Deals

Complete Car Detailing Value $175 (@ Bill Estes Chevrolet. 4105 W. 96th St.)

Complete Car Detailing. Value $175. (@ Bill Estes Chevrolet. 4105 W. 96th St.)

Thai Cooking Class. For 4 people, at your home! With genuine Thai Chef

Prairie View Golf Club $300 Gift Certificate & $300 Ruth Chris Gift Certificate

Home Goods

Jagermeister Basket

Harvest Basket

New Office Chair! (Value $700)

New Office Chair! (Value $250)

 

Learn more about HVAF and what they do by visiting http://www.hvafofindiana.org/

 

Congratulations to our 2013 Home Makeover $50,000 Grand Prize Winner!

The winners of this year’s $50,000 Home Makeover Giveaway have been announced!

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A big congratulations to Jim and Linda Parton from Indianapolis for winning out $50,000 home makeover sweepstakes!

Team Unique Tackles the Tough Mudder

By Ryan Crow

 

Are you tough enough?

Team Unique assembled to run the infamous Tough Mudder, a grueling twelve mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces. The event was created in 2010 and has since gained widespread popularity across the globe.

Team Unique

Team Unique

Team Unique ran to test their strength, stamina, mental grit, camaraderie, and most importantly raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.  This isn’t the first time Unique had assembled a team run the course.  After a run last year, news of the event spread by word of mouth.  From the warehouse to the offices to the installation crews, another event was coming up and there was a bit more energy in the air.

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“It has brought a sense of excitement about fitness to Unique,” said Corey, a second time mudder.  ”Last year the group was only four and grew to thirteen this year.”

“Yes, it was my first time,” said Lindsey. “I have run a couple half marathons but nothing like the Tough Mudder.”

The nature of the course encourages pushing oneself the limit and to see how far one can go.  This event not only brings people together for a good cause, but gets people motivated to better themselves. To get someone who isn’t normally hyped about fitness  to start a training regimen for the Tough Mudder is a monumental feat.

 

Physical fitness is still paramount to make it through the course.  Team Unique spent the months leading up to the Tough Mudder with plenty of physical training.  Many used the on-site gym at Unique to prepare themselves for the exhausting course.  Lindsey found it was better to train with team members for the Mudder.

“Alicia and I did the Tough Mudder training circuits we found online, and in addition we did a lot of running. My friend Molly joined us and two weeks prior she had run the Mini, so she was in pretty good shape too.”

 

Tough Mudder emphasizes that mudders do not take themselves too seriously.
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“I wasn’t expecting there to be such a team spirit on the course. We were high-fiving and cheering each other on… Strangers or not. And of course lifting and pulling each other when we needed the extra help. Complete strangers were great friends on the course.” The event focuses on teamwork and what can be accomplished together, not just by the individual.  By design, the course is to be tackled as a team– not due to just the physical limitations of the course but additionally to keep morale afloat of your fellow mudders.

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A twelve mile run may not sound too bad for the seasoned runner, but once you include over twenty brutal obstacles, including pools of ice water, barbed wire, challenging obstructions to navigate, and dodging 10,000 volt electric wires you can see why the Tough Mudder can leave a lasting impression.

 

Even with the course sounding brutal, the experience was nothing but incredible for Team Unique.

 

“I thought it was fantastic this year. This year we were brought together as a team because it required the effort of everyone to complete the obstacles,” said Corey.

Lindsey’s favorite moment she recalled was “getting out of the first obstacle (called the arctic enema), realizing I had survived, and figured if I could handle that, I could do anything!”

“I got my foot/shoe stuck on this one portion of the course and I let out a small ‘oh no!’ it was probably louder than that. I had the whole team pushing and pulling me out, and out of nowhere, Harry, who we thought was a bit behind us, appears out of nowhere and says, ‘I heard a teammate in distress and I came to save the day!’ he helped us through the course with his great humor!”

“One special moment was seeing 4 soldiers carrying a fellow soldier on a stretcher through this really tough part of the course. Everyone gave them so many cheers and encouragement; it was moving to see that. “

Leading the way

Leading the way

“My favorite moments included the teamwork and encouragement from each other to push ourselves as well as each other to complete obstacles and run the whole time.”

“I loved the costumes. My favorite was the peacock.”

We asked Team Unique if they would run the Tough Mudder again.

“I will absolutely do it again! It’s a great accomplishment and I surpassed my own expectations,” remarked Alicia. “It was an absolute blast and I’m very proud and impressed at all of the teamwork throughout the event. Beers at the end didn’t hurt either!”

“I think I would do it again. Once you accomplish something like that you feel pretty invincible. It’s a good feeling– I think that’s why Terry says the Tough Mudder is addicting!”

 

Just finishing his second Mudder, Corey is already preparing for his third in Kentucky later this year and mentioned the increased interest at Unique.

“I have people asking me about competing in the Tough Mudder next year from people who you would judge by looking at them that they would not be able to complete the event, it has really motivated them to work on their fitness and their diet.

This is great momentum pushing towards our health and wellness that we are going to be promoting at Unique.”

 

Victory

Cheers!

Victory is sweet

 

Learn more about the Tough Mudder and what they do at http://toughmudder.com

 

2013 Flower and Patio Show

Since 1958, the annual Flower and Patio Show has been a great attraction for those looking for indoor and outdoor home improvement ideas. More than just a home show, the Flower and Patio Show has exhibitors and vendors with a variety of talents and advice to share. Be prepared to come with questions and leave with ideas!

Unique Home Solutions has been a part of the Flower and Patio Show for years! Come by our booth and visit with your friend at Unique. We’d love to hear what you have in mind for home remodeling, and if we can be of help to you, we’d love to offer a friendly hand.

The show starts on March 9th and ends on March 17th, 2013.

Show Hours:
Monday -  Saturday 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

General Admission: $12
Children 12 and Under:  Free

Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds
West Pavilion & Expo Hall
1202 E. 38th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46205
For Indiana State Fair Info – (317) 927-7500
For HSI / Indiana Flower & Patio Show Info – (800) 215-1700

For more information, please visit the Flower and Patio Show website. Or call us at 1-800-800-1971.

Fire Safety Tips

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 3,500 Americans die each year in fires and approximately 18,300 are injured. Having a solid fire safety plan for your household is imperative to you and your family’s safety. Get started by following these fire safety tips:

• Check the batteries in your smoke detectors at least once every six months. You can do this by pressing the test button on the detector and checking that the device beeps or rings loudly.
• Make sure smoke detectors are placed in several areas of the home, especially at the top and bottom of stairways and in each bedroom.
• The home number should be able to be clearly read from the street. Make sure they have not been covered or worn off.
• Create an escape route for each room in the home. Because it is impossible to know where a fire will start, having two escape options from every room is best.
• Practice these escape routes and post a fire escape route map in the home. Discuss the escape route regularly with your family.
• Practice crawling low beneath the smoke.
• Make sure everyone in the home is aware of what the smoke detector sounds like when it sounds.
• Pick a family meeting place outside of the home. Instruct your family that once the smoke detectors go off they are to follow the fire escape route and meet at this location.
• Dial 9-1-1

Learn more about
Fire Safety on our recent segment of Handy Homeowner on Fox 59.

Maplewood Elementary Bike Drive 2012

Our bike drive for the giveaway to Maplewood Elementary School was a great success, and today we received a wonderful thank-you letter from them! This event is one we always enjoy participating in, and look forward to doing so again in the future!

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2012 Sweepstakes Winners Announced

2012 sweepstakesIn December, Unique Home Solutions drew fifteen winners in their 2012 $50,000 sweepstakes.

One grand prize winner was awarded a $25,000 home remodeling makeover; while fourteen others were named the second, third, fourth and fifth place winners. Entries were accepted throughout 2012, and homeowners could enter on the company website, Facebook, by filling out a sweepstakes card at Unique booth, or by calling the office.

Fifth-place winners will receive $500 worth of Handyman Services or $100 cash. The five fifth-place winners are: Harold Bone, Dave and Kathleen Becker, Jim and Amanda Wright, Al and Laura Navareete, and Larry and Sue Strahla.

Fourth-place winners will receive $1,000 worth of Handyman Services or $250 cash. The four fourth-place winners are: Joe and Jeff Beckman, Steven and Andrea Gibson, Gretchen Neubauer, and Peggy Weber and Sherry Ward.

Third-place winners will receive a new Unique Home Solutions entry door. The three third-place winners are: Ray and Kathryn Bylinowski, Priscilla Day, and Jason and Beth Yoder.

Second-place winners will receive a $5,000 bath makeover. The two second-place winners are: Pete and Dotty Rewers, and Chuck and Judy Stoops.

The grand prize winner of $25,000 in Unique products and services is Darlene Roberts.

Winners have been notified and photos of the winners and their prizes will be posted at a later date. In addition to these year-end winners, there were 12 monthly winners throughout 2012. Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you to all for participating in the sweepstakes.

2013 is the 30th anniversary and a very special year for Unique Home Solutions. Details on the 2013 sweepstakes will be posted at a later date.

Second Annual Bicycle Drive

Unique Home Solutions is excited to announce that we are hosting our second annual bicycle drive for underprivileged children in our community. Our goal is to give away 50 bicycles this Christmas, and we are asking for your help. If you would like to donate to this cause, please contact info@uniquehomesolutions.org for details.

This project reflects UHS’ dedication to building healthy and beautiful communities around Indiana. UHS is also a Toys for Tots Drop off location and is sponsoring two families through the United Christmas Fund this holiday season. To participate in these or any UHS sponsored community service projects, please contact Unique at info@uniquehomesolutions.org, or call 1-800-800-1971.

Unique Home Solutions President Participates in Little Red Door Video

Fighting cancer is tough enough, but it’s even harder when you don’t have medical insurance or the resources to afford proper care. Little Red Door Cancer Agency strives to make the most of life and the least of cancer, by reducing the physical, emotional, and financial burdens of cancer for the medically underserved residents of central Indiana.

Unique Home Solutions has a special relationship with the Little Red Door Cancer Agency. UHS has participated in LRDCA fundraising events for over 10 years as the President of UHS, Bob Dillon, has a personal connection to the organization. As a young adult, Dillon relied on LRDCA to assist him with the care of his mother while she was sick. Since, Dillon has participated in fundraising events and sponsorships as a way to give back to the organization that gave him what he couldn’t provide his mother so many years ago. Over the years, the employee-owners of UHS have grown fond of the organization and their mission, and encourage UHS’ involvement in fundraising events.

One of these events, the annual Little Red Door Cancer Agency Anniversary Breakfast, has been one of the employee’s favorite events. This year, it was even more special as LRDCA acknowledged Unique Home Solutions for their years of support. Dillon participated in a testimonial video which aired at the Anniversary Breakfast in mid-November.

 

Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Unique Home Solutions takes an interest in bringing awareness to diabetes since an employee-owner’s child was diagnosed with the disease. This is a disease that affects many people in the United States, and changes their lives forever. Here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes:

  • Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  • Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion.

According to the American Diabetes Association, the following are at greater risk for Type 2 Diabetes:

  • People with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) and/or impaired fasting glucose (IFG)
  • People over age 45
  • People with a family history of diabetes
  • People who are overweight
  • People who do not exercise regularly
  • People with low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides, high blood pressure
  • Certain racial and ethnic groups (e.g., Non-Hispanic Blacks, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and American Indians and Alaska Natives)
  • Women who had gestational diabetes, or who have had a baby weighing 9 pounds or more at birth

The American Diabetes Association has a diabetes risk test available at: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/prevention/diabetes-risk-test/

For your health, and those who care about you, take a moment to evaluate your risk for diabetes. Share the risks with those you love, and be aware that diabetes is a serious disease that contributed to over 200,000 deaths in 2007. Contact the American Diabetes Association if you have any questions.

 

Unique Home Solutions is Indiana's trusted home remodeler, our services include replacement windows, vinyl siding replacement, attic insulation, exterior doors, gutter protection, bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling and basement waterproofing. We serve all of Central Indiana, including Indianapolis, Bloomington, Muncie, Lafayette, Carmel, Terre Haute, Columbus, West Lafayette, Anderson, Kokomo, Noblesville, & Richmond, IN. We offer vinyl replacement windows, vinyl siding, metal roofing, shingle roofing, bathroom remodels, kitchen remodels, basement waterproofing, replacement doors, gutters, and insulation.
Unique Home Solutions Services the Following Areas of Central Indiana: Alexandria, Anderson, Arlington, Austin, Avon, Batesville, Bedford, Beech Grove, Bloomington, Brazil, Brookville, Brownsburg, Cambridge City, Camby, Carmel, Centerville, Cloverdale, Comiskey, Coatesville, Columbus, Connersville, Crawfordsville, Crothersville, Danville, Delphi, Denver, Edinburgh, Elwood, Falmouth, Fairmount, Fishers, Frankfort, Franklin, Freedom, French Lick, Gas City, Greensburg, Greenfield, Greentown, Greenwood, Hagerstown, Hartford City, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lafayette, Laurel, Lebanon, Lewisville, Liberty, Linton, Logansport, Loogootee, Losantville, Lyons, Madison, Marion, Middletown, Milan, Mitchell, Montecello, Mooresville, Muncie, Nashville, New Castle, New Palestine, North Vernon, Oolitic, Orleans, Owensburg, Paoli, Plainfield, Pekin, Peru, Portland, Richmond, Rockville, Rosedale, Rushville, Salem, Scipio, Scottsburg, Seymour, Shelbyville, Sheridan, Sillivan, Spencer, Straughn, Terre Haute, Trafalgar, Union City, Veedersburg, Westfield, West Lafayette, Whiteland, Williamsburg, Williamsport, Winchester, Worthingon, Yorktown, Zionsville