It’s nice to see stars putting their hearts where their money is. Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) is a joint fundraising effort of Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey, ACM Award-winning recording artist Jack Ingram and ESPN analyst and coaching legend Mack Brown. Together, they have created a two day fun-filled event that includes music, golf and fashion.
The event recently took place on April 16-17 in Austin with a charity gala at Moody Theater. The event included a silent auction and music from a number of musicians, including Toby Keith.
If you haven’t been part of the Hog4hope yet, you’ll have a chance on Sunday, April 26th. This event will take place at the George’s Island Park in Montrose, New York starting at 11 am (with sign up from 9-11). The event includes a police-escorted ride, a pig roast BBQ, live music, raffle prizes and more.
The Hogs4hope is a non-profit charity motorcycle event that directly benefits The Ronald McDonald House New York. The Ronald McDonald House New York has Board of Associates that includes: Alex Gordon, Dan Grattan, Jennifer Hadiaris, Kim Honig, Joe Hornstein and many others. The goal of their house is to be a “home-away-from-home” for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
Events like the Hogs4hope raise money to help these important causes. This year, the 7th Annual event will cost $25 for riders and $20 for passengers. The event will include hundreds of riders and participants and offers a great feeling for everyone involved. Certainly, Board members like Kim Honig and Dan Grattan can explain the satisfaction that The Ronald McDonald House New York gets from seeing that so many come out to participate and to help their worthy cause.
The Second Annual SingStrong International Charity will take place in Skokie, IL from April 10 through 12. The five concerts and more than a dozen classes will all include nothing but human voices. And many professional a cappella groups from the around the world will be there along with the collegiate and high school groups. The festival will include headline performances from:
Ball in the House
New Tradition Chorus
The Single Singers under the direction of Judy Fontana
All event profits will support charities. There will be a silent auction that will benefit the fight against Alzheimer’s and ticket profits will support local school programs.
If only all Hollywood stars would use their star power for good like Chris Evans and Chris Pratt recently did. The pair recently came to Seattle Children’s Hospital – and Evans was dressed in his full Captain America outfit. Sine Evans is a Patriots fan and Pratt loves the Seahawks, they made a bet to see who would win at the Superbowl. And the loser had to put on his Guardians of the Galaxy outfit to see the kids at Evans’ favorite charity in Boston. then, Evans decided to be a good sport and to visit Pratt’s favorite charity in return.
Together they have helped Seattle Children’s and Christopher’s Haven in Boston to raise more than $27,000 since the year started. As Lisa Brandenburg, the president of Seattle Children’s said:
We are grateful that real-life superheroes Chris Pratt and Chris Evans turned their sports rivalry into an opportunity to support kids in their communities. We are delighted that patients and families at both Seattle Children’s and Christopher’s Haven will benefit from these generous donations.
You never know where charitable giving comes from – and this is certainly a strange outlet. Jesse Carey, an American podcaster, decided to listen to an entire week of Nickelback music to raise money. His goal was to raise $10,000 for the charity Charity: Water during his one week of music-intensity. As he explained at the end of the week, “’I don’t think I could have gone one more minute.”
He continued, “I just totally collapsed. It was total exhaustion. I went and had the IVs hooked up to get quickly rehydrated, all the vitals were low. I don’t think I could have gone one more minute.”
He ended up listening to 168 hours worth of music and publicized much of his pain through Twitter. The good news is that he has already raised a shocking $30,000 for doing so. Funds are still being accepted until the end of March.
Well, that’s one way to raise money for a cause. As long as you don’t lose your mind first.
Poking fun at controversy is often good for business, as a Pennsylvania candy maker has just discovered. Making fun of the Patriots’ “Deflategate” scandal, Sarris Candies of Canonsburg just auctioned off a deflated chocolate football.
As Sarris said on Friday, “What started out as an internal little joke ended up picking up momentum and excitement. It’s going to a good cause, so that’s the best thing.” He originally posted the football on Facebook as a joke and didn’t intend to sell it.
He named the ball the Bradie ball (in reference to Tom Brady but with a different spelling so as not to get into trouble). The Facebook caption read, “Net weight 13 lbs … Oops! We meant 11.2 lbs.”
Richard Bazzy spent $5,000 on the package which included the deflated chocolate, two regular shaped chocolate footballs and two chocolate helmets. In total, $20,000 was given to the Dollar Enery Fund which provides utility help for poor residents. As Bazzy said, “It doesn’t get any better when you can poke fun at an AFC rival while knowing that you are also helping families in need. We expect to display the football in one of our dealerships with pride.”
Many institutions and organizations create partnerships with non-profits and it is always heart-warming when they do so. One such organization, Oasis Management, where Seth Hillel Fischer is the Chief Investment Officer and portfolio manager, has close ties to the Karen Leung Foundation. As a founding sponsor of the nonprofit, Oasis has invested time and money in this Foundation.
The Karen Leung Foundation was founded in memory of Oasis trader Karen Leung. She died in October of 2012 at the age of 35 after fighting metastatic cervical cancer. The Foundation was founded to help fund and promote education, prevention, research and treatment of gynecological cancers.
Oasis Management, with Seth Hillel Fischer, has been a proud partner in many of their activities. They were a partner in the inaugural Karen Leung Memorial Investor Conference that was held in Hong Kong in June of 2013. All proceeds from the conference went to the Foundation. They partnered again in 2014 at the investor conference in Hong Kong where there was an exciting new partnership between the Karen Leung Foundation and the Sohn Conference Foundation.
Leung was only 34 and engaged when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in November of 2011. Before she died, she expressed that she wanted to raise awareness among Hong Kong women and girls about gynecological cancers so that others might have the information to prevent cancer and detect it in the early stages. Certainly, Oasis Management is proud to be part of the Foundation and to help to keep Leung’s memory alive.
Adam Sandoval is on a mission. He’s got his Harley Davidson and his dog, Scooter, at his side and he’s going to stop at every Harley Davidson dealership in the United States this year. That’s 696 stops – all to raise money for kids who have lost parents at war.
As he said, “I never was a soldier, I never served. Always wanted to, and I regret never serving.”
So now, as a way to give back, he’s giving 100% of the money that he raises to the cause. As he said, “That’s my donation, my time my energy…I’m paying for the campaign. Everybody else is paying for money to help the kids, and together we’re doing something that I’m very proud of.”
He said, “Everything I live on fits on a motorcycle. And I’m richer than I’ve ever been in my life.”
Read more about Adam and follow his journey as he crosses the country.
With its work in helping ex-Horace Mann students heal from the abuse they encountered while in the school, earlier this month a group of concerned individuals assembled at Hilltop Cares Foundation’s kick-off event. Attendees included: students, parents and administrators. Chair of the foundation, Marjorie Kaufman, pointed out that the principal part of the work was supporting those individuals who were abused many years ago at school.
A discussion took place at the event on the mission of the organization with school head Dr. Tom Kelly and event participants. Also in attendance was Lisa Moreira, Director of Institutional Research and Enrolment Management.
One particular advantage of the foundation is that it was established independently from the school. This renders it more accessible to school alumni and survivors. As Kaufman pointed out:
“There are significant negative sentiments held by some alumni in the wake of the revelations of sexual abuse at the school. As an independent entity we don’t get involved with that at all, and we are here to directly help people that were hurt.”
The event was particularly timely since the Christmas season places much emphasis on giving back. Indeed, the Horace Mann community feels very much like “an extended family to many people,” as they stand by those who were abused and offer support.
A benefit event for Hilltop Cares is scheduled for May of 2015.
A staggering $850,000 was raised last weekend to support research, education, clinical staff and patient support services at the Hoag Hospital. The Foundation’s 48th annual Christmas Carol Ball included over 520 people who came to the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Point on December 6th. The event included live music, auctions, food and even a performance by figure skaters on an ice rink that was set up inside the ballroom.
The event chairs, Tracy and Roger Kiwan, in a note on the Hoag Hospital Foundation website wrote,
“Tracy and I are honored to be serving as Chairs for the 48th Annual Christmas Carol Ball, benefiting Hoag. In considering attending the 48th Annual Christmas Carol Ball, please know this is not only a special way to celebrate the holiday season, it’s an opportunity for us all to show our support for Hoag, one of our treasured community assets. As health care delivery continues to evolve, community support is more important than ever to assist Hoag in remaining an innovative health care leader. Should you be considering underwriting this lovely event, please note that all gifts of $10,552 or above can be designated to the Hoag institute or area of your choice. Thank you in advance for your support of Hoag. Your participation will make an impact on the success of this year’s event.”