MEET OUR RED CARPET CHARITIES
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, has raised more than $150 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 800 pediatric cancer research projects across North America. For more information about ALSF visit AlexsLemonade.org.
Established in 2009, the Boot Campaign is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to promoting patriotism for America and our military community; raising awareness of the unique challenges service members face during and post-service; and providing assistance to military personnel, past and present, and their families. Retail sales of combat boots, apparel and mission-focused merchandise, general public donations and corporate sponsorships fund programs that support military families. These efforts extend to all generations of military personnel who endure significant physical, emotional and circumstantial hardships resulting from their service and sacrifice. To learn more, visit bootcampaign.org
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB – WESTERN RESERVE
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve is a youth development organization providing after school and school break programming to school age, primarily at-risk kids. Changing lives ONE child at a time!
Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. The organization’s mission is to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age. Bright Pink’s innovative programs equip, educate, and empower young women to be proactive by reducing their risk for breast and ovarian cancer, or detecting these diseases at early, non life-threatening stages. Founded by Lindsay Avner in 2007, Bright Pink strives to reach the 52 million women in the US between the ages of 18-45 with this life-saving education.
CannedWater4Kids (CW4K) is a 501c3 charity based in Sussex, WI. The organization’s mission is to bring clean, safe water to the children of the world who are currently without. CW4K funds it’s initiatives with cash donations and sales of their premium spring water product. 95% of all money collected goes to fund and deliver clean water programs. Efforts include sending water to Japan to aid in their post-earthquake water shortage, assisting the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Engineers Without Borders in bringing water purification solutions to the highlands of Guatemala, supporting of a well/water tank project in Zambia, Africa, and the BioSand Filters project in Tanzania. A recent water project in Africa, provides a village of over 400,000 people first-time ongoing access to clean, safe water. CW4K is proud to be part of the Partnership for a Healthier America, Drink UP Initiative.Youarewhatyoudrink.org To learn more, visit www.cannedwater4kids.org.
FREE International exists because slavery exists. We work to abolish human trafficking with innovative collaborations through partnerships with law enforcement, schools, healthcare agencies, churches, businesses and other nonprofits. We have established an international reputation by working with, and equipping, local and global communities to identify, prevent, and eliminate human trafficking and by restoring those who have been exploited through trafficking: #untileveryoneisFREE
GO 4 THE GOAL
Go4theGoal’s unwavering mission is to improve the lives of children battling cancer by providing financial support, developing and implementing unique hospital programs, funding innovative research, and granting personal wishes. Through our first hand experience with pediatric cancer and our medical background, Go4theGoal provides the best practices to patients, their families, and the hospitals and staff that care for them.
LONE SURVIVOR FOUNDATION
The Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers, and renews hope for our wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support. Overseas deployments and combat action can take a serious toll on everyone involved – from the men and women on the front lines to the friends and families who wait patiently for their loved ones to return home. America’s Armed Forces are asked to perform at exceptionally high standards in the most demanding circumstances and that service demands incredible sacrifice, dedication, and in some cases debilitating personal transformation. Transitioning to post-military life, whether wounded in combat or simply adjusting to the civilian sector, will often cause difficulty for the service member and his or her family. The unfortunate reality for many service members and their families is that life changes after the loved one returns home and the effects of their experiences begin to manifest in negative ways. In short, the normalcy of life prior to their service may have been lost forever. Therefore, the Lone Survivor Foundation is here to help America’s wounded service members and their families adjust to the effects of their experiences and help them transition into what may be looked at as their ‘new normal’ – providing an understanding and acceptance of who they are as a person, a family, and a community. – See more at: http://lonesurvivorfoundation.org/about-us/#sthash.VJDnZdbp.dpuf
OPERATION SUPPLY DROP
Founded in 2010, Operation Supply Drop is a 501(c)(3) veteran service organization working to build lasting networks with the larger community to drive mutual support for today’s active duty military, their families and the veteran population. Focused on combating depression, suicide, homelessness, and unemployment, OSD is the world’s most generationally relevant veteran support organization, serving U.S., NATO, and ANZAC veterans and active duty via three core verticles: Deployment (video game care packages and morale building events on post), Integration (Professional Development, Team Building, Rehabilitation, VIP Experiences) and Community (local volunteering and support, uniting civilians and veterans). To date, OSD has raised over (U.S.) $9 million in monetary and in-kind donations, has served over 100,000 active duty military, their families and veterans as well as has chapters in over 40 cities around the globe. For more information, please visit: www.operationsupplydrop.org
RED PAPER CLIP CENTER
The RED PAPER CLIP CENTER is a Tribal nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycles of abuse and mending the global economy. We work with victims of domestic violence, troubled teens, animal rescue, veterans, the elderly, and “broken people” (these are individuals who have challenges to sustainability in employment such as physical, emotional issues, incomplete background histories, lack of education, or
past incarceration). Our fundamental belief is we are all related, and everyone works together to achieve wholeness and health. Together we are strong as a tribe.
SPECIAL OPERATIONS WARRIOR FOUNDATION
Special Operations Warrior Foundation ensures full financial assistance for a post-secondary degree at any accredited institution; and offers family and educational counseling, to the children of, Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, special operations personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty. Special Operations Warrior Foundation also provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel.
THE NATIONAL PANCREATIC CANCER FOUNDATION
The National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization that was started in 2009 after director Rhonda Hatfield lost a family member to pancreatic cancer and witnessed specific challenges that victims of this silent killer are up against as they battle this devastating cancer. The result was NPCF, a foundation with a focus of providing unwavering support and a mission of providing direct financial assistance to the victims and families of pancreatic cancer. Donations to the Foundation are used to assist with the basic living expenses that become a burden during the illness, which affects the ability to work and earn income. Additionally, NPCF funds support early detection research and works to raise awareness of the disease nationwide. Since 2010, NPCF has financially assisted over 80 afflicted families struggling to make ends meet across the nation. NPCF holds and sponsors various fundraising events such as charity runs, and bicycle races through a nationwide network of supporters and volunteers. NPCF is a 501c3 organization and all donations are tax deductible
MEET OUR GUEST SHOWCASE CHARITIES
Akron Racers Charities
The Akron Racers Charities is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), charitable and education organization dedicated to fostering positive academic, physical, social and personal development for area youth through the participation in fastpitch softball programs, events and various experiences.
ARC maintains three Centers designated to Continuing Education, Community Health and Fund Raising & Development. For the past 16 years, ARC has raised over $150,000 for the AGMC Muffins for Mammogram Program. Each year, ARC has donated to various community initiatives committed to assisting our neighbors in Akron and Summit County.
“Since 1976, Animal Rescue, Inc. has been a refuge for homeless cats and dogs. We make a promise to any animal who comes through our gates: they will never be homeless again. We hope our residents will find a loving home with a lifelong companion or a loving family; but if they never find that home, they are welcomed into the ARI family.”
A WORLD FIT FOR KIDS
A World Fit For Kids! (WFIT) is a nationally recognized leader in designing, developing and implementing comprehensive approaches to improving students’ capacity for health and academic success during the out of school time hours. Since 1993 we have impacted the lives of more than 240,000 low-income students and their families through our programming and training for elementary, middle, and high school students. Our afterschool programs combine leadership, healthy behaviors and academic enrichment. The result is a triple bottom line for students we serve: obesity reduction, increased graduation rates, and work readiness. For more than 20 years, WFIT has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving physical activity outcomes in underserved communities and ensuring that all children, and especially those living low-income families, are healthy, fit and ready to learn.
CAMP TECH ONLINE
Camp Tech® aims to prepare its students to excel as young leaders of tomorrow by combining an exclusive technology collegiate-game based curriculum tailored specifically for children with enhanced, emphasis in interactive technology and aligned with S.T.E.M., national and state education standards.
Unlike our competitors, we offer advanced technology programs, after-school programs, summer tech camps, and creative activities such as game base learning and development, graphic arts, and web design, filmmaking, digital media, 3D Animation, Cyber Exploration, Young Entrepreneurship, Investing and S.T.E.M based fieldtrips and curriculum. To learn more, please visit us at http://www.camptechonline.com
CAMP QUALITY USA
Camp Quality USA provides year round support programs for children with cancer and their families. Programs include our signature week-long residential camp and other year-round programs such as reunions, teen camps and family camps. Our programs offer exciting activities, new friendships, and provide children with hope, inspiration and motivation.
CASA OF RED RIVER
When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate®, or CASA.
CASA volunteers are screened and highly trained and then appointed by judges to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests in the child protection system. CASA volunteers are each assigned to help one child or set of siblings at a time, so they can focus on giving that child or sibling group the individualized advocacy and attention they need. CASA volunteers save taxpayers money and children’s futures by helping children find a safe, permanent homes as soon as possible.
CASA continues to provide valuable volunteer advocacy for every abused child in this area. CASA volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” for the judge in child welfare cases. This includes researching each child’s situation and making objective recommendations to help them reclaim their childhoods from abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are frequently the only stable presence in these children’s lives as they navigate the foster care system.
These volunteers bring three critical qualities to their work: they focus on one case at a time; they bring a unique perspective to the court case; and their sole objective is representing the best interests of the child.
CLAY MADSEN FOUNDATION
The Clay Madsen Foundation was established for the purpose of honoring the name and memory of a lost friend and role model by aiding families in his community who have loved ones stricken with cancer.
Cogswell Hall is a permanent solution to homelessness that offers quality, low-income housing with social services,builds community and advocates for disabled and economically disadvantaged individuals. Our family-like home offers a private room, gracious common areas, and staff support to assist with the isolation and marginalization caused by mental illness, substance abuse, physical or developmental disabilities, HIV/AIDS, unemployment or underemployment. Our model, which combines low cost housing with individualized services plans and community building, effectively stabilizes people in housing, preventing and intervening in homelessness and improving health and wellness. Cogswell Hall distinguishes itself from other permanent supportive housing projects by serving many individuals who are at risk of becoming homeless in addition to reserving space for those who are homeless.
CORNERSTONE OF HOPE
Cornerstone of Hope bereavement centers are dedicated to providing support, education and hope for grieving families and individuals. In 2003, Christi and Mark Tripodi founded Cornerstone of Hope, to not only help people understand and accept their grief, but to help them move forward and embrace a life full of hope. Cornerstone of Hope offers a variety of programs including individual and family counseling, support groups, memorial programs, bereavement camps along with community resources. Currently, offices in Cleveland and Columbus serve Northeastern and Central Ohio. For additional information, please visit www.cornerstoneofhope.org.
IGNITE A DREAM
IAD is an Austin based charitable organization that provides athletic after school programs for the at risk youth in the Central Texas area. Our programs are geared towards building self-esteem and self respect, teaching sportsmanship and teamwork, as well as providing leadership opportunities. Working with our students, our goal is to use our programs as a vehicle to introduce and reinforce positive life lessons that will prepare them for a better future.
NATIONAL ADULT BASEBALL ASSOCIATION
The NABA is a fun, family oriented baseball environment, where players, managers, and fans feel privileged and honored to still play the great game of baseball. NABA is not about signing big league contracts, but developing friends and a community of adult baseball players who feel blessed to still have the ability and opportunity to still play the game they love.
Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives. There is no membership fee to join C.O.P.S., for the price paid is already too high.
C.O.P.S. programs for survivors include the National Police Survivors’ Conference held each May during National Police Week, scholarships, peer-support at the national, state, and local levels, “C.O.P.S. Kids” counseling reimbursement program, the “C.O.P.S. Kids” Summer Camp, “C.O.P.S. Teens” Outward Bound experience for young adults, special retreats for spouses, parents, siblings, adult children, extended family, and co-workers, trial and parole support, and other assistance programs.
C.O.P.S. knows that a survivor’s level of distress is directly affected by the agency’s response to the tragedy. C.O.P.S., therefore, offers training and assistance to law enforcement agencies nationwide on how to respond to the tragic loss of a member of the law enforcement profession. C.O.P.S. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. C.O.P.S. programs and services are funded by grants and donations.
THE MISSY PROJECT
The Missy Project is a 501 C3 established by the Magel family and friends on November 24, 1999 – what would have been their daughter Marisa (Missy) Magel’s 13th birthday. Missy passed away suddenly while at summer camp from a disease they never knew she had…Brain Aneurysm Disease. In researching the disease that claimed their daughter’s life, they were told that Missy’s death was rare. However, they discovered that this disease is quite prevalent among children and often misdiagnosed as a migraine headache. Early detection and screening could save lives… The Missy Project is dedicated to providing education, outreach and early detection screenings to the public in an effort to Save Lives…
TNK CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
TNK Children’s Foundation provides families with support during a time of uncertainty, worry and fear. We do this by providing practical essentials to families whose children are receiving cancer treatment and follow up care. 185 new families are diagnosed at one local hospital in Kansas City every year and we have 2 pediatric hospitals. Over 2,000 families are receiving treatment at one local hospital in Kansas City today. These parents drop everything and dedicate themselves to battle for their child’s life. A parent’s strength is critical to the care of the family and that’s where we come in!
WINGS OF AN ANGEL
Wings of an Angel is a 501C3 Nonprofit supporting children with disabilities from birth to 17. WOAA provides funding for alternative therapies, service animals, specialized equipment not paid for by insurance, and funeral/burial expenses.
WOMEN’S FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION
Established in 2010, the WFSA is a fun, family oriented softball experience, where players, managers and fans can again be involved in the game they love, Fast-pitch softball. The WFSA is not about signing a Pro contract, but developing friends and a community of women softball players who feel blessed to still have the ability and opportunity to play the game they love.