Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Charities of the Last Few Months

Charity of the Month is a way Team Tizzel is helping to support some very worthy organizations. As part of this program, we will dedicate a post to a charity that we will sponsor through the month by donating Holly's training run money.

Dave has been pretty lazy on blog updates so that’s why we are giving you 4 charities in this post. Three are catch-ups and one is planning ahead.

In March and April we supported Homes for our Troops and Lower 9th Ward Markets by donating cash online.  

May, June, July and August Charities
JDRF - A person from Dave's office is running her second marathon (26.2 miles) to raise money for JDRF.  Her son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes a few years ago.  Since then Amy and her family have made fundraising and awareness a priority.  From Amy's fundraising page: 

I'm so excited be a part of Team JDRF for the 2019 Chicago Marathon! 
My 15 year old son Grant was diagnosed with T1D in 2014.  Over the last four years we've learned how to live a new normal with T1D.  It's not easy and especialy for a teenager.  We have to find a cure so kids and adults do not have to live with the struggles of managing this disease every day.
I ran my first marathon in 2018 and am challenging myself for another race, but with this great cause as my motivation.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
Stand Up to Cancer via American Airlines - We started Teamtizzel.com as a way to help our fundraising efforts to Avon's Breast Cancer Research.   We are continuing to support cancer research and decided that July was a great month to do so in conjunction with American Airlines awareness campaign.   From AA's press release:

“Our national collaboration with Stand Up To Cancer was driven by their proven approach to cancer research and our corporate purpose to care for people on life’s journeys. In a few short years, we’ve seen donations contribute to scientific breakthroughs and more access to meaningful clinical trials,” said Elise Eberwein, Executive Vice President of People and Communications at American. “Today, we ask anyone who has been impacted by cancer join us in our shared goal to make every cancer patient a long-term survivor.”

Jost Van Dyke Methodist Church - For many years we vacationed on the small island of Jost Van Dyke and have walked by the tiny seaside Methodist Church.   Last year Hurricane Irma devastated many of the British Virgin Islands and the community of JVD was hit very hard.    We were moved by the pictures of the destruction.   Almost two years later the Methodist Church is still in needs of massive repairs.  From the Virgin Island News Online article:

”Part of the plan of the fundraising is so the historic structure can be saved. We have had a number of meetings and I think they [church] are now pretty much convinced that keeping the historic structure was a good idea.”

Image result for scoops for hopeGive Kids the World -  We've supported Give Kids the World (GKTW) for years and have featured it as a Charity of the Month many times.   GKTW is known for not denying young guests anything, including ice cream for breakfast.   They turned that concept into a fundraising opportunity a few years ago but changed it to Scoops of Hope to not limit the day-part.   Dave's work gives employees the chance to run their own fundraisers for associates to buy a casual dress day by donating to charity.   Dave and his team will serve ice cream for breakfast as associates walk into the building on August 14th.  He registered the event with GKTW.  Since GKTW is a hotel and he works in hospitality distribution this is a perfect way to tie charity to our industry.  About GKTW from their website:

”Give Kids The World Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with critical illnesses and their families.

The Village and its community partners provide children and their families accommodations in fully-furnished villas, transportation, tickets to theme parks, meals, daily entertainment and much more.

Each year 27,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with a critical illness. Half of all children eligible for a wish through a partnering wish-granting organization choose to visit Central Florida and its collection of theme parks and other attractions.

Our goal, quite simply, is to provide everything these deserving families need to make their trip the vacation of a lifetime. Since 1986, more than 167,000 children and families have had their dreams fulfilled in a whimsical Village unlike any other place on earth."

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