Featured Charity of the Month – May 2017
Heart of Gold Celebration – May 20, 2017
The San Francisco office will be donating to the Heart of Gold which event brings together 350+ of the East Bay’s leading corporate, social, and medical circles to support the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. They fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives. To learn more, click here.
JDRF New Jersey Metro and Rockland County Chapter – One Dream Gala – Saturday May 20, 2017
The Inaugural One Dream Gala is a first-class black tie optional fundraising event benefiting the JDRF New Jersey Metro and Rockland County Chapter. The event will take place at MetLife Stadium on the field for cocktails, a formal seated dinner, silent and live auction and live entertainment. JDRF exists for the millions of children, adults, and families affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D) every single day. Their determination to overcome this disease strengthens ours to end it by funding life-changing T1D research. T1D is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas loses the ability to produce insulin — a hormone essential to turning food into energy. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin. For more information, click here.
March of Dimes – 5th Annual Cisco Charity Golf Classic – May 8, 2017
The Cisco Charity Golf Classic benefits the miraculous work done by the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes helps women have full-term pregnancies and researches the problems that threaten the health of babies. The money raised through this event supports programs in your community to fund research that helps moms and saves babies’ lives. To learn more, click here.
The 4th Annual Midnight in Monte Carlo Benefit Party – May 4 at 6:00 PM
Hosted by Black Diamond Challenge benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event is May 4 at 6:00 PM at Paul Martin’s American Grill in Roseville, CA. To buy tickets, please click here.
Make A Wish – Spartan Race – April 29, 2017
Three people from the NYC office competed in the Spartan Race to Make-A-Wish for Mia who is battling Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis. Her wish is to go to Walt Disney World to meet Cinderella and have fun with her family. To donate, please click here.
Beer Olympics – April 22, 2017
Community, cocktails, and competition! Raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma research. We had a team participate and they won first place! To learn more, clickhere.
Featured Charity of the Month – April 2017
For the month of April, the NYC office and other FusionStorm members will be participating in the Fight for Air Climb in New York, NY. The Fight for Air Climb is one of the signature fundraising events of the American Lung Association. The Climbs are held in prominent skyscrapers and other buildings across the country, giving participants the opportunity to join together with friends, family and co-workers as they climb the stairs of the building to the top! The Climb has been taking place for more than a decade and has raised more than $40 million to support the mission of the American Lung Association. To learn more, please visit here.
Featured Charity of the Month – March 2017
For the month of March, the Newark office is supporting Bay Area Cancer Connections. They support people touched by breast or ovarian cancer by providing comprehensive, personalized services in an atmosphere of warmth and compassion. They offer free programs and services that include: Emotional Support, Cancer Information & Education, Complementary Therapies, Health & Wellness, and Survivorship Programs. To find out more information, please click here.
Big City Mountaineers
Big City Mountaineers (BCM) is a charitable organization focused on enriching the lives of disadvantaged urban youth through wilderness experiences. For many of these teens, BCM funded trips help them understand the importance of nature as part of the earth’s ecosystem, the value of teamwork, and most importantly, how they can use these experiences to help develop a keen sense of responsibility for helping our planet sustain life for all future generations. Our very own Mike Souza will be climbing Mount Olympus in Washington.
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Featured Charity of the Month – December 2016
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national organization that provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The San Diego office would like to help out their Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County’s Operation Bigs. Which focuses on one-to-one mentoring program for military children, the first of its kind in the nation. Mentoring provides an extra layer of support to local military families. The military lifestyle often presents many challenges for children and families such as frequent relocation, school transitions, separation from extended family, increased responsibility coupled with a sense of loss when a parent deploys and the physical and psychological stress faced when a parent returns from war. The program joins children with parents in the military to volunteer “Bigs” who are in the military, retired or civilian. To learn more, please click here.
Toys For Tots
The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. It help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. We can all participate by donating a monetary amount or a toy to your local drop off area.
Featured Charity of the Month – November 2016
For the month of November, we have two featured charities. The San Francisco office is partnering with Cisco for a golf event benefiting Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.Sixty years ago, when the Foundation was established, the average life of a child with cystic fibrosis was about five years. Today, because of the dramatic advances in treatment and care, people with cystic fibrosis are living into their forties and beyond.
Silicon Valley Turkey Trot
The Bay Area offices will also be participating in the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. We are a proud sponsor of the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. By participating, you will be giving “thanks” by helping Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County and The Health Trust. These charities provide families with their most basic needs for “health, hope and a home.” Feel free to join me Thanksgiving day to get a little exercise. Also, it gives us an excuse to eat more.
Sacramento Antelope Lions Club – Beer Brauts & Eats
Over the past twenty years, with the generosity and support of local businesses and community, the Antelope Lions Club has donated over $500,000 to various youth organizations and charities. Some of the most recent community events included donations of dictionaries to elementary schools, the kindle project, which is a youth reading program, they hold a Halloween safe event for kids in the community, created the Feast for Family, which donates and delivers Thanksgiving meals in the community, eye glass donations with free eye exams, etc. All the funds from the donations and ticket purchases for the event will go directly back into the community programs. To donate, click here.
Mark Twain Elementary School – Fit-A-Thon
Nestled in an established neighborhood rich in tradition stands Mark Twain Elementary School, a 1997, 2002 and 2006 California Distinguished School, and a 1999 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Winner. Twain is a school which instills a genuine sense of pride and commitment shared by staff, parents, students, and community, many of whom are second and third generation. The Fit-A-Thon event promotes physical activity with youth. Josh Ritter is a member of this PTA organization and his kids attend this school.
Featured Charity of the Month – October 2016
For the month of October, the San Francisco office is supporting the Larkin Street Golf Tournament. San Francisco’s Larkin Street is an internationally recognized leader in providing effective housing, education, employment and health services to at-risk, homeless and runaway youth. Larkin Street reaches youth ages 12 – 24 through its locations and programs. Three out of four youth who complete the organization’s comprehensive programs exit street life. All proceeds from the Golf Tournament will benefit the organization. For more information, please visit: larkinstreetyouth.org.
Alzheimer’s Association – Walk to End Alzheimer’s
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions! The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help participants reach their fundraising goal. While there is no fee to register, we encourage participants to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. Elsa Pacheco will be participating in this walk on Saturday, October 8, 2016. To donate, please click here.
American Cancer Society – Making Strides of Providence
The American Cancer Society is the leader in helping to finish the fight against breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in woman in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. Making Strides is not only an opportunity to join the community to fight back against breast cancer, but it is also a way to inspire hope by raising funds and awareness to help those facing the disease. Courtney Kendall will be participating in this walk on October 16, 2016.
St. Jude Heroes – Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon
St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.The dollars that St. Jude Heroes raise help ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Vijay Salem Sivaraj competed in this race on October 2, 2016.
Featured Charity of the Month – September 2016
For the month of September, the Irvine office is supporting Village Fest. Village Fest celebrated its inaugural event hosting eight nationally renowned artists. The performances attracted more than 5,000 people from the local and neighboring communities. Long Beach Councilmember Rex Richardson and Emissary Media Group, music industry professionals, collaborated to produce the community event benefiting North Long Beach students and their families. The North Long Beach Education Fund is a dual effort to support schools, students and families in the area. It strives to support meaningful and beneficial programs, projects, and after-school activities to assist students and families on the path to the student success. To learn more, click here.
American Heart Association – Heart Walk
The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke. Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that’s fun and rewarding for the entire family. Brandon Donovan will be participating on September 10. To donate, please click here.
Canary Challenge, a premier cycling and fundraising event to benefit the Canary Foundation. Funds raised by the Canary Challenge go directly to the cancer early detection research and innovative clinical programs through the Canary Foundation. The funds raised help with diagnosis, early detection and treatment for this disease. Chances of survival are greater if cancer is diagnosed when still confined to the organ of origin (stage I). Survival rates decline as tumors enlarge and spread regionally (stages II, III) or distantly (stage IV). Steve Challice and Lindsay Morris will be participating on September 24, 2016. To donate to their page, please clickSteve and Lindsay.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Bike MS
The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. “MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t.” Symptoms of MS range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide, and there is not yet a cure. Every dollar raised matters to those affected by MS. Scott Manoff will be participating on September 24-25. To donate, please click here.
ALS Association – Walk to Defeat ALS
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. Our mission is to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. The Columbus office has volunteered to set up for the walk scheduled on September 25. To donate, please click here.
Featured Charity of the Month – August 2016
For the month of August, the San Francisco office is supporting HackCancer. Founded in 2013, HackCancer is a group of philanthropic, young professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area who create fun events that bring together great people to raise awareness and funds for good causes. They are holding their 4th Annual Mr|Ms Silicon Valley Pitch Competition and Benefit Gala, a fun dress up event featuring world class DJ’s & performers, live entertainment, and over 800 of San Francisco’s finest young professionals celebrating good people & good times for a great cause. 100% of net proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to support local clinical trials and research to find a cure for blood cancer. Over the past 2 years, they have raised almost $500,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other cancer related non-profits. To learn more, please visit here.
Naval Historical Foundation
The Naval Historical Foundation is dedicated to preserving and honoring the legacy of those who came before us. We know that passing this legacy on will serve to educate and inspire the generations who will follow. We raise funds and supervise the construction of cutting edge museum exhibits. We encourage students and teachers with educational programs, prizes, and fellowships. We work to ensure that America¹s great naval history is proudly remembered. To donate, please click here.
Two North Shore healthcare organizations, Lahey Clinic and Northeast Health System have affiliated, creating the new Lahey Health System. This new entity brings to the communities North of Boston an exceptional healthcare delivery system that is community-based and offers a full continuum of high-quality, cost-efficient services: Primary Care, Outpatient, Acute Care, Home Health, Senior Health, Behavioral Health. To donate, please click here.
San Margarita Catholic High School Football Team
Santa Margarita Catholic High School attracts and inspires diverse, principled and talented young men and women. By encouraging innovative faculty, our learning community empowers students with the experiential knowledge, multidisciplinary skills, and self-confidence. For more information, please click here.
Featured Charity of the Month – July 2016
For the month of July, the San Francisco office is supporting the 20th anniversary Pro AM Mission YMCA Golf Tournament on August 11, 2016. Since 1953, the Mission YMCA has been building strong kids, strong families and strong communities from our location in the midst of the Mission, Bernal Heights, Glen Park and Excelsior neighborhoods. They serve the South-East quadrant of the city. Their service area includes 50% of the children and youth in San Francisco, 60% of the city’s public housing, and 55% of its schools. They are a family center featuring childcare, teen programming, a senior center, and a variety of youth and community programs. To learn more, please visit here.
Run TRI Ride to End Alzheimer’s – August 21, 2016
The Alzheimer’s Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The MA/NH Chapter provides education, training and support to over 40,000 individuals each year. The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s largest private funder of Alzheimer’s research in the world, having distributed more than $300 million to date. Each August, more than 12,000 runners gather in Woods Hole for the Falmouth Road Race, and 2016 will be no exception. The New Balance Falmouth Road Race celebrates its 44th running this year on Sunday, August 21, and for the 8th year in a row, the Run to End Alzheimer’s team will be running and fundraising on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association. Josh Ingemi and his family will be participating in this event and if you would like to donate, please click here.
Children’s Rescue Mission
The Children’s Rescue Mission (CRM) was founded in 1999 in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch. The first mission trip was made in 1999 and funded by a private $5,000 donation to provide medical aid to the children. The mission initially occupied a borrowed room in a local Teupasenti residence and served 12 children. While CRM has grown over the years, it is just beginning to make a difference in the lives of the children and villagers of Teupasenti. CRM’s focus is on longer term objectives to develop sustainable infrastructure for jobs in industry and farming leading to sustainable self-reliance through education, vocational training, water purification, sanitation and adequate health care. If you would like to donate, please click here.
Featured Charity of the Month – June 2016
For the month of June, the Columbus office is supporting the partnership with The Wendy’s Company by attending the 4th annual Wendy’s Frosty 5K Run/Walk, on Sunday, July 31, 2016. The event raises funds and awareness for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 130,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and innovative grant making. To learn more visit davethomasfoundation.org or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA.
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer – AVON 39th Annual Walk – Saturday, July 23 – Sunday, July 24
The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade seeks to improve breast cancer outcomes and reduce disparities in survival rates at the community and national level. Our strategic grant making reflects: a holistic and place-based approach in high-need areas throughout the United States; a commitment to enabling access to medical advances and support services for breast cancer patients, particularly those from vulnerable populations; and a commitment to investing in research on the prevention, diagnostics, and treatment of breast cancer. They focus on care and seeks to help across the continuum of breast cancer – not only helping those who are at risk or diagnosed with the disease today, but also research into finding better treatments for tomorrow. Sam Vargas is participating in this event and if you would like to donate to his walk, please click here.
Pan Mass Challenge – Saturday, August 6 – Sunday, August 7
The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is a bike-a-thon that today raises more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the country. The PMC was founded in 1980 and has since raised a half-billion dollars for adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) through the Jimmy Fund. The PMC pioneered the $4 billion athletic fundraising industry and is today a model of fundraising efficiency. The event donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause and is Dana-Farber’s largest single contributor, raising more than 50 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue. This challenge is a fully supported bike-a-thon — with food and water stops, mechanical and medical assistance, luggage transportation and lodging — that runs through 46 towns across Massachusetts. There are six two-day routes that range from 132 to 190 miles and six one-day rides that range from 25 to 110 miles. Cyclists travel from more than 40 states and five countries including our very own Dan Serpico, Karen Miller, and Dennis Hatch. This is Dan’s fourth year riding, Karen’s 10th year of volunteering, and Dennis’ 27th year of riding.
Featured Charity of the Month – May 2016
For the month of May, the San Francisco office is supporting the partnership with Ross and American Heart Association by attending the 2016 East Bay Heart of Gold Ball, on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The Heart of Gold event brings together 350+ of the East Bay’s leading corporate, social, and medical circles to raise nearly $1 million to support the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The event features gourmet food and wine pairing stations, silent and live auctions, and live entertainment. The American Heart Association seeks to pay tribute to individuals who have been impacted by Heart Disease or Stroke. To learn more about this great cause, please click here.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Out of the DarknessWalk – Saturday, May 21, 2016
The Out of the Darkness walk is a 16 mile walk through San Francisco that takes place through the night; from dusk to dawn. The grassroots work they do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. To help those that ask the question, “Do I live or do I die.” Michelle Mason will be participating in the walk and if you would like to donate to the cause, please click here.
Charitable Walk for Autism – Team Bailey
A regional funding source for organizations that support individuals living with autism and their families. Their focus of funding is on education and training, services and programming, recreation, research, awareness and family support. BAILEY’S TEAM has gone on to raise over $700,000 for autism research, awareness & programming. They dedicate themselves primarily to raise money to fund research to find the causes, treatments, preventions and possibly someday a cure for autism spectrum disorders. As well as raise awareness and educate communities about children with autism and the desperate need to value and support them. They also support organizations that fund and or provide direct services to those living with autism to see that children get the help they need every day. In 2010, they introduced their first education series to educate families, educators and other professionals about individuals with autism and how everyone can help to make their lives better. Maureen Burke participated in this event. If you would like to donate, please click here.
March of Dimes Cisco Charity Golf Event– Tuesday May 31, 2016
The Cisco Charity Golf Classic benefits the miraculous work done by the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes helps women have full-term pregnancies and researches the problems that threaten the health of babies. The money raised through this event supports programs in your community to fund research that helps moms and saves babies lives. To learn more, go to MarchofDimes.org.
Featured Charity of the Month – April 2016
For the month of April, the New York Office is supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation th Annual JDRF Dream Gala on Saturday, April 30th . JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. And, at present, there is no cure. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of type one diabetes (T1D) from people’s lives until they achieve a world without T1D. Since 1970, they have committed more than $1.9 billion to diabetes research. To learn more about this great cause, please go to: http://jdrf.org/
Tower Cancer Research Foundation – Poker Tournament $5k – Saturday, June 4, 2016
Cancer Free Generation will hold its 3rd Annual “Ante Up for a Cancer Free Generation” celebrity poker night http://towercancer.org/2016-ante-up-tickets/. With over 300 distinguished guests, residents, and physicians from across the country in attendance, participants have the opportunity to donate through silent auction or multiple casino games. Additionally donations can be made through their website http://towercancer.org/donate-page/. Cancer Free Generation is the young leadership division of Tower Cancer Research Foundation. They focus on helping with preventing efforts for patients by understanding genetic impacts while supporting and educating those who are statistically more prone to developing cancer. In the last decade, TCRF has raised over $25 million to support their mission of funding grants for clinical trials and innovative scientific research. These dollars have led to the approval of 15 new cancer drugs and the expansion of treatment options for cancer patients all over the world. This organization is very dear to Josh Lewis and his family and they will be attending the event.
Half Moon Bay High School – Cougar Night – Friday, April 29, 2016
Half Moon Bay High School will host a Casino Night to raise funds for the school’s sports program. Pete Royce and his family are assisting with the event and Pete will be the bartender! To learn more about this, please go to: http://www.hmbcougarboosters.org/casino-night.html
Natomas Youth Baseball
Since 1959, NATOMAS YOUTH BASEBALL, with community support, has been successful in providing youth a safe and organized outlet to play baseball. NATOMAS YOUTH BASEBALL is dedicated to the future of our children, working diligently as an all-volunteer Board of Directors to provide a program that will give young baseball players the opportunity to have fun, while they continue to develop baseball and life skills. As a non-profit organization, NATOMAS YOUTH BASEBALL relies on the generous support of our neighbors and businesses to aid in keeping our costs to the player low, which in turn allows more children the opportunity to participate in organized sports. Yvonne Figueroa will be working at the snack shake during the weekends and supporting the players during their games. To find out more, please go to: http://www.natomasyouthbaseball.com/
Featured Charity of the Month – March 2016
Please join the Columbus Office in supporting two great organizations! It’s always agonizing to hear stories of children who don’t have adequate food at home, fending for themselves and for their siblings. These stories helped set the stage for the creation of the nonprofit organization, Family Mentor Foundation. Today, Family Mentor Foundation helps to meet the unmet needs of children in the community through a variety of programs and resources that will help a child reach his or her fullest potential. To learn more about this organization and how you can support this cause, please go to: Family Mentor Foundation
Flint Water Fund. The United Way of Genesee County has set up this fund for the purchase of filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts. 100% of the fund is used for these projects. The UWGC has sourced more than 11,000 filter systems and 5,000 replacement filters, ongoing sources of bottled water to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and also supports a dedicated driver for daily distribution. Please go to United Way of Genesee County to learn more about this organization and how you can support this cause.
Huntington’s Disease Society of America – February 2016
Please join the Roseville Office in supporting the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Huntington’s disease (HD) is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities during their prime working years and has no cure. HD is known as the quintessential family disease because every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of carrying the faulty gene. Today, there are approximately 30,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease. To learn more about this organization and how you can support this cause, please go to: Huntington’s Disease Society of America
Chris Peruch and Andy Simms proudly represented FusionStorm at the Walk/Run 5K for Epilepsy on February 6th to help raise funds and awareness for the Epilepsy Foundation in Arizona – they crossed the finish line in 17th and 18th Place! Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical function. Epilepsy is often times referred to as a “seizure disorder”. Donating to the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona enables them to increase the quality of life for people with epilepsy through their many services. To be a part of discovering a cure for epilepsy, please go to: Support Discovering a Cure for Epilepsy
Featured Charity of the Month – November 2015
Please join the Franklin Office in supporting two great organizations. A Place To Turn is committed to providing emergency food and clothing to our neighbors in the Metrowest community. They serve those in need in an atmosphere of caring and mutual respect. To learn more about this organization and how you can support this cause, please go to: http://www.aplacetoturn-natick.org/
Birthday Wishes brings the magic of a birthday party to thousands of homeless children each year. Founded in 2002, as a volunteer organization serving one local shelter, Birthday Wishes has expanded its program to serve more than 200 shelters and transitional living facilities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Long Island, New York. Please go to: https://www.birthdaywishes.org/to learn more about this organization and support this cause.
Featured Charity of the Month – October 2015
Please join the Irvine office in supporting Club21. Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition, occurring once in every 691 babies born. There are more than 400,000 individuals living with Down syndrome in the United States. Club 21 envisions a society enriched by the inclusion of individuals with Down Syndrome. Their mission is to provide the educational tools and resources that allow individuals with Down syndrome to be fully included by providing support, education and being an advocate. To learn more about this organization and how you can support this cause, please go to: Support Club21
Featured Charity of the Month – September 2015
As part of the VMWare & Partners team, FusionStorm employees participated in the Canary Challenge 2015, a premier cycling and fundraising event to benefit the Canary Foundation. Funds raised by the Canary Challenge go directly to the cancer early detection research, assistance with prevention, treatment and innovative clinical programs through the Canary Foundation. The total amount raised for the event is $1.1M and the team collectively raised over $64,000 towards that landing them on the list of the top 10 teams participating this year!
Featured Charity of the Month – September 2015
Please join the New York office in supporting the Cure SMA Organization. Cure SMA is dedicated to the treatment and cure of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Spinal Muscle Atrophy is a genetic disease which limits physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking away the ability to walk, eat or breathe. Currently there are no approved treatments for SMA, however, over the past few years scientists funded by the Cure SMA organization have had multiple breakthroughs. We now know exactly what causes SMA and the organization is funding multiple drug programs with the hope one eventually will lead to a cure. To learn more about this organization and how you can supporting their cause, please go to:http://curesma.pub30.convio.net/sma/about-sma/
Featured Charity of the Month – August 2015
BMAGIC, Bayview Hunters Point Mobilization for Adolescent Growth in our Communities, is a dynamic collaborative of service providers that brings together the Bayview Hunters Point community. On August 15th, they joined forces with the YMCA in San Francisco for their largest event the Annual Back to School & Backpack Giveaway Program.The program distributed backpacks stuffed with school supplies to a combined 5,000 kindergarteners through 12th graders during two events in August in the Western Addition and Bayview. In addition to the backpack and school supplies giveaway, the events featured free health screenings and information. All attendees were able to participate in at least five stations of the Health Fair before the children can choose a backpack. To learn more about BMAGIC, please go to www.bayviewmagic.org.
In August, Dan Serpico participated in the Pan-Mass Challenge, which is a 2-day/200-mile bike ride, across Massachusetts. Every nickel (100%) of the money raised goes to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the world renown leader in fighting and treating cancer, its’ patients and survivors. This charity, which raised over $38 million last year, has thousands of bicyclists and thousands of volunteers, of all ages. To learn more about Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, please go to www.dana-farber.org.
Jessica Betts participated in the What IF 5K Race on August 9th sponsored by Infinite Fitness. All proceeds from the race will benefit Infused Fitness non-profit projects within Orange County that teach children and their families about fitness and educational nutrition programs. IF is a team of physicians, coaches, trainers, teachers, nutrition specialists and community do-gooders who have witnessed a compelling need in our places of work, in our homes, and in our underserved communities that ensure whole-body wellness. To learn more about Infused Fitness, please go to infusedfitness.com.
Our Columbus Office participated in the 3rd Annual Wendy’s Frosty 5K Run/Walk event hosted by Wendy’s International. The event raises funds and awareness for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the fees raised for the event support adoption efforts in central Ohio. The Dave Thomas Foundation is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 130,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Created by Wendy’s Founder, Dave Thomas, who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and innovative grant making. To learn more, please go to davethomasfoundation.org or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA.
Featured Charity of the Month – July 2015
The Y is committed to strengthening the foundations of community through programs focused on Healthy Living, Youth Development, and Social Responsibility. The Mission Y has the largest service area of any San Francisco YMCA. It encompasses 35% of the city’s population and 50% of its children.
The YMCA provides a variety of opportunities and experiences with summer camps, child care and preschool, senior programs, after school programs, community services, job readiness, educational enrichment, social services, aquatics, exercise coaching and youth sports. They raise money to fill the gap between the cost of their good work – their necessary, fundamental work – and what may be affordable to the hundreds of individuals who cross their path each and every day. To learn more about the Y, please go to www.ymcasf.org.
Featured Charity of the Month – June 2015
Lewy Body Disease (LBD) is a multi-system disease affecting cognition, movement and emotions. It affects an estimated 1.4 million individuals and their families in the United States. LBD is an umbrella term for two related diagnoses: LBD refers to both Parkinson’s disease dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. The earliest symptoms of these two diseases differ, but reflect the same underlying biological changes in the brain. Over time, people with both diagnoses will develop very similar cognitive, physical, sleep, and behavioral symptoms. The Lewy Body Dementia Association provides information to help you understand more about the disease and provided support resources. They are dedicated to raising awareness of the Lewy body dementias (LBD), supporting people with LBD, their families and caregivers and promoting scientific advances through outreach, education and research. To learn more about this organization and supporting their cause, please go to: www.lbda.org
Featured Charity of the Month – May 2015
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is the trusted leader dedicated to ending local hunger. Since its inception in 1974, Second Harvest has become one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to nearly a quarter of a million people each month. The Food Bank mobilizes individuals, companies, and community partners to connect people to the nutritious food they need. More than half of the food distributed is fresh produce. Second Harvest also plays a leading role in promoting federal nutrition programs and educating families on how to make healthier food choices.If you are interested in learning more and supporting this cause, please go to: http://www.shfb.org/
Featured Charity of the Month – April 2015
Please join the Fusionstorm staff in the Ohio region in supporting Verland. Verland is a non-profit family of person-centered, community homes and services supporting over 200 individuals with intellectual disabilities, many of whom have multiple physical challenges. The Verland has 48 homes and their main campus has ten larger, family-centered homes, which complement community placement with a complete continuum of options for those needing more support and includes cutting-edge facilities that provide medical, dental, educational, recreational and therapeutic services. They have professionally trained staff of 540 who are dedicated to the complex needs of their individuals, and provide a full continuum of treatment and services for a lifetime where the individuals are primary in an elegant, dignified, state-of-the-heart lifestyle. It is estimated that each Verland home infuses over $300,000 in jobs and purchases into its local community each year. To learn more about this organization, please go to: http://www.verland.org
Featured Charity of the Month – March 2015
Please join the Fusionstorm staff of the Los Angeles area in supporting the St. John’s Well Child and Family Center. The center is an independent community health center serving patients of all ages through a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers and school-based clinics that span the breadth of Central and South Los Angeles and Compton. Their work goes beyond the traditional health care model to embrace the broader concept of well-being. In addition to providing a broad array of primary care services, they place a high priority on developing supportive services to address families’ educational, socio-economic, and mental health issues through outreach, health education, child development and literacy education, case management, insurance enrollment and mental health assessments. To learn more about this organization, please go to: www.wellchild.org
Featured Charity of the Month – February 2015
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. As the first humane organization to be granted legal authority to investigate and make arrests for crimes against animals, they are wholly dedicated to fulfilling the ASPCA mission through nonviolent approaches. The organization provides local and national leadership in three key areas: caring for pet parents and pets, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals and serving victims of animal cruelty. Along with the Franklin office, please join Team ASPCA, which hosts marathons throughout the year to make a difference for animals in need. If you are interested in adopting a pet, you can find more information at http://www.aspca.org/adoptand to learn more about care for your pet, to join Team ASPCA and learn how to get involved to support this cause, please go to: http://www.aspca.org/
Featured Charity of the Month – January 2015
The New York office will be volunteering this year at the Mid-Hudson Valley Camp. The Mid-Hudson Valley Camp is sponsored by Marist Brothers of Ulster County and they are an American Camp Association member summer camp that serves a diverse group of people. What started as a one-week summer session for children with disabilities in the 1970’s, has blossomed into a nine-week camp program that caters to the needs of children and adults with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities, deaf children, children living with cancer, pediatric patients from Harlem Hospital’s Family Care Center, and inner-city students. For over 35 years, the camp has served hundreds of persons with disabilities and continues to provide children, teens, and adults with a joy-filled summer camp experience. Thanks to their countless volunteers, the Esopus tradition of serving the neediest of people continues to burgeon at the Esopus property. If you are interested in learning more and supporting this cause, please go to: http://esopuscamps.com
Featured Charity of the Month – December 2014
Destination Hope is founded on the principle that every child deserves to have freedom from the suffering of visible facial birth defects and from other deformities. Principally striving to treat cleft lip and palate patients, their teams travel the world to communities in need to reconstruct facial deformities as well as provide corrective surgery for burn victims and other issues. They believe strongly that deformities prevent community members from participating fully in their own societies and in their own lives. Destination: Hope strives to perform 1 to 2 medical missions per year, each lasting approximately one week, in which they will perform anywhere between 20 to 60 reconstructive surgical procedures. If you are interested in learning more and supporting this cause, please go to: http://www.destinationhopemissions.org/
Featured Charity of the Month – November 2014
Please join the Newark office in supporting Parents Helping Parents. When faced with a diagnosis of your child, Parents often don’t know where to go for support and resources. Parents Helping Parents, meets the needs of individuals with any special need and their families. This includes children of all ages and all backgrounds who have a need for special services due to any special need, including but not limited to illness, cancer, accidents, birth defects, neurological conditions, premature birth, learning or physical disabilities, mental health issues, autism spectrum disorder, and attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder, to name a few.
If you would like to learn more about this organization and see how you can volunteer at one of their many events, please go to: www.php.com
Featured Charity of the Month – October 2014
Please join the Irvine office in supporting Camp Kesem. Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, supporting children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. Camp Kesem recognizes and embraces this often-overlooked population of children. Because they don’t appear sick, their needs are often over looked and they suffer quietly, leading to academic, social, emotional, and developmental problems. Camp Kesem makes a huge impact on the lives of children, but it also prepares and empowers a generation of student leaders by allowing responsible college-age individuals to make a meaningful difference. Each of their camps around the country is organized and operated by the young up-and-coming leaders of tomorrow who gain hands-on experience in fundraising, finance, marketing and project management as they bring much-needed happiness to truly deserving kids.
More than 3 million children live with a parent with cancer
Many more children have lost a parent to cancer
This summer, Camp Kesem will provide life-changing summer camp experiences for over 3,800 children by empowering 1,800 student leaders at 54 chapters across the country.
Since Camp Kesem started in 2000, they have shared life-changing “magic” with over 11,352 children and provided unparalleled leadership opportunities for over 6,642 student leaders.
To learn more about this organization, please go to: http://campkesem.org/
FusionStorm has a strong tradition of giving back to the communities it serves. FusionStorm philanthropy committee members regularly select worthy causes and provide fun and fulfilling opportunities through which all employees can offer their support. Below is a representative selection of the charitable organizations FusionStorm has recently supported.
Big City Mountaineers
Michael Souza, FusionStorm’s Senior Vice President of Sales, and his Big City Mountaineering team reached the 14,410-foot summit of Mt. Rainier in Washington on August 17, 2014, and raised $20,000 to assist underprivileged urban youth. Many of America’s young people grow up with very little when their families are struggling, their dad or mom is in the military, or they’re dealing with life in a very tough part of town. Big City Mountaineers devises programs to help young people transcend these issues and lead productive lives as adults.
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
FusionStorm CEO Dan Serpico participated in the 35th annual Pan-Mass Challenge, which took place the first weekend of August. This is two-day, 186-mile bike ride from Sturbridge to Provincetown, Mass., raises tens of millions of dollars each year for the Dana Farber Cancer institute. It was Dan’s second year riding in this event. Thanks to FusionStorm employees, vendors and friends, Dan received 116 donations totaling $19,150! 100% of these donations go to help the Dana Farber Cancer Institute continue research, assist families affected by cancer and hopefully find a cure!
Make-a-Wish San Diego
Make-A-Wish San Diego brings hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions in San Diego and Imperial Counties. FusionStorm’s San Diego office will be participating in the Tuna Challenge Annual Tournament and Fundraising Event on August 22, with all the proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Foundation San Diego. In addition, funds raised at the FusionStorm 2014 SoCal Golf Invitational on August 6 at the Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad will go toward sponsoring a child’s wish.
Sacramento Hospice Consortium
For the month of June, FusionStorm’s Sacramento office chose to support the Sacramento Hospice Consortium, comprising seven nonprofit Medicare-certified hospices in the Greater Sacramento Area. Its purpose is to foster and coordinate cooperative efforts in the training of volunteers and staff, referrals and community relations, and peer exchange and support. All programs are managed individually but work collaboratively in a non-competitive environment, which serves the ultimate goal of providing quality care to patients.
Best Buddies Challenge, Hyannis Port
FusionStorm CEO Dan Serpico and his son completed the 100-mile Best Buddies Challenge on May 31, 2014. They rode from JFK Library in Boston to Craigville Beach, near the Kennedy Compound on Cape Cod, and raised more than $4,000 for this worthy cause. Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,500 chapters worldwide.
Breast Cancer Connections
FusionStorm’s San Jose office selected Breast Cancer Connections for sponsorship in May. This a nonprofit organizations supports people touched by breast or ovarian cancer, providing comprehensive, personalized free services in an atmosphere of warmth and compassion. Whether someone has just been diagnosed or is seeking ideas for ongoing wellness, their compassionate staff and volunteers will be there every step of the way.
Ivan Dawson Primary School in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
FusionStorm stayed at Scrub Island for a President’s Club Incentive Trip and spent a day in service to the community. A team of 100 employees and guests of got off their buses at Ivan Dawson Primary School in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, and began gardening, painting classrooms, building tire swings, installing fans and energy-efficient lighting, and working hand-in-hand with Green VI to start a “green” movement at the school. Click here for a news video of the event.
Central & Southern Ohio Chapter of the ALS Association
In April, FusionStorm sponsored the Central & Southern Ohio Chapter of the ALS Association, a national nonprofit organization that serves the needs of those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. FusionStorm’s Columbus office is participating in the Walk to Defeat ALS, an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS and raise money for a cure.
HackCenter was co-founded by FusionStorm’s Anjou Ahlborn to bring together philanthropic young tech professionals to raise awareness and funds for cancer-related nonprofits. This year, Anjou was nominated as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year. As a thank you, Anjou extended free tickets to FusionStorm employees to attend HackCenter Presents: Game of Thrones, a Royal Affair, on April 5th.
Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute
FusionStorm’s LA office participated in the 11th Annual Legends Reception for the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. LA BioMed is a nonprofit scientific research organization whose physician-researchers have been responsible for some of the most important breakthroughs in medicine. The organization is dedicated to saving lives in the LA area and throughout the world.
Go Red for Women
In February, FusionStorm got into the spirit of Valentine’s Day and participated in the Go Red for Women event to support the fight against heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women. National Wear Red Day is designed to raise awareness of the issue of women and heart disease and encourage action to save more lives.
National Spinal Cord Injury Association — Greater New York Chapter
FusionStorm’s featured charity of the month for January 2014 was the Greater New York Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, a nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers. Their mission is to help people rebuild their lives after spinal cord injury by providing resources, services and peer support to survivors and their families.
Horizons for Homeless Children
Horizons for Homeless Children is the only organization in Massachusetts focused exclusively on the needs of young homeless children and their families. They are recognized as a national leader in the education of homeless children, providing high-quality early education, opportunities for play and family engagement services to more than 3,000 homeless children each week. FusionStorm lent its support to this worthy cause in December 2013.
Los Angeles Universal Preschool
In November 2013, FusionStorm supported Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide access to quality early childhood education programs for children in Los Angeles County. They believe all children deserve the best start in life, and high-quality preschool programs provide them with a solid foundation for success.
The Heroes Project
FusionStorm recently donated to The Heroes Project, an organization that works with veterans, soldiers and military families to improve the care and protection of these heroes through individual support, community empowerment and systemic change. The organization’s initiatives include climbing programs for wounded war veterans, media campaigns and the expansion of community service programs that support our heroes.
FusionStorm was a proud sponsor of the 12th Annual A&F Challenge, hosted by Abercrombie & Fitch on their New Albany, Ohio, campus on Sept. 6, 2013.This remarkable event, which includes a 5k race, 20-mile bike tour and a Kids Challenge Zone, raises significant dollars to benefit charities in central Ohio and communities all over the U.S. where Abercrombie & Fitch does business.
LEAF (Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont)
FusionStorm’s Featured Charity of the Month for August 2013 was LEAF, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing environmental education to the Fremont community about sustainable and ecological practices, including local food production and organic gardening, waste reduction, green building and resource conservation. LEAF is currently working with other Fremont community organizations to start neighborhood gardens.
In July 2013, FusionStorm supported Urban Angels, a nonprofit dedicated to feeding the homeless and hungry in San Diego. Urban Angels makes food donations and provides feeding services every Wednesday in collaboration with The Salvation Army of Downtown San Diego. The organization is also the main food provider for residents of Connections Housing, San Diego’s new homeless shelter, serving residents every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Taylor Lynn Foundation
The Taylor Lynn Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing the lives of children while educating individuals to “take a moment to give back.” The foundation was started in memory of Taylor Lynn Cohen, who passed away unexpectedly on March 22, 2008, at the young age of 14, from a rare type of brain aneurysm. In June 2013, the FusionStorm team joined in her goal to “make the world a better place” one day, one month and one year at a time.
Great Strides National Walk Event
The FusionStorm Las Vegas staff participated in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Great Strides charity walk on April 27, 2013, where FusionStorm was publicly noticed for participation and support. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. (70,000 worldwide).
Music for All Seasons
Music for All Seasons facilitates the performance of live musical events in a wide range of institutions, including children’s hospitals, medical centers, retirement facilities, nursing homes, juvenile detention centers, halfway houses and prisons. The program fosters human interaction and aids the physical, mental and spiritual healing process through the art of live musical performance. FusionStorm contributed to Music for All Seasons in April 2013.
WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment)
FusionStorm was proud to support WEAVE as its March 2013 featured charity. WEAVE is the primary provider of crisis intervention services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sacramento County, and provides outreach and services for international and domestic victims of human trafficking.
FusionStorm’s featured Charity of the Month for February 2013 was Runwell, a nonprofit foundation that believes partnering sports with addiction treatment helps to keep individuals — and their support bases — committed to recovery.The foundation focuses on funding existing scholarship programs and support-based training facilities that involve the entire family.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
In January 2013, the FusionStorm team gave generously to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute provides expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of cancer and related diseases.
FusionStorm has a strong tradition of giving back to the communities it serves. FusionStorm philanthropy committee members regularly select worthy causes and provide fun and fulfilling opportunities through which all employees can offer their support. Below is a representative selection of the charitable organizations FusionStorm has recently supported.
San Francisco Food Bank
FusionStorm hosted its first annual charity poker tournament in November 2012 benefitting San Francisco Food Bank, a vital lifeline for people in need of food assistance. In addition to the “buy-in” from participants, FusionStorm garnered sponsorships from its key technology partners.
Hurricane Sandy Relief
FusionStorm donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross for those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. FusionStorm will also be matching employee donations up to an additional $5,000.
Challenged Athletes Foundation
FusionStorm donated $10,000 to the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), which provides opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics.
FusionStorm’s Central Region team presented $11,095 to the local chapter of Autism Speaks. The funds go toward the screening and diagnosis of autism, which helps to develop a plan for treatment options and ongoing care. It was one of the largest gifts ever received by that local (Columbus, OH) chapter.
JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge
Every year FusionStorm employees participate in the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge, a worldwide series of 3.5-mile running events. The JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge in San Francisco makes a donation to a local not-for-profit organization for each entry.
San Francisco SPCA
FusionStorm donated $5,000 in August 2012 to the San Francisco SPCA, a community-supported nonprofit dedicated to saving, protecting and caring for cats and dogs.
Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento
FusionStorm donated $5,000 to the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento, which provides children 24-hour residential and shelter care, medical assistance, counseling and social work services, comprehensive assessments, onsite and community-based mental health programs, a multi-grade onsite public school, activities, recreation, a child/family visitation center, and an independent living program for emancipating teens.
Giants Community Fund
FusionStorm donated 12 baseball bats and 144 baseballs to a subset of the Giants Community Fund, known as “Junior Giants.” This program provides at-risk kids with character-building activities as an alternative to drugs, gangs and crime. The sports and recreation director was extremely appreciative for the generous donation and ensured us that the items will be put to great use.
FusionStorm Food Drive
FusionStorm collected approximately 250 pounds of food for the needy — not counting monetary donations. The Columbus and Tampa offices stood out, collecting a total of $3,520 worth of groceries.
FusionStorm gave $13,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, thanks to donations collected from a golf tournament in Northern California.
Larkin Street Youth Services
FusionStorm donated $3,000 worth of promotional items to the Larkin Street Youth Services, an organization that provides services for homeless and runaway children.
President’s Club Trip – Service with Atiti’a
The President’s Club trip is a wonderful reward for top performers, and also serves as a great opportunity to give back to the local community. In February 2012, FusionStorm Club Trip attendees spent a day volunteering at the Atiti’a Center in Moorea, French Polynesia. They worked side by side with school children and local volunteers to plant garden beds with native plants.