Fundraising focus in Houston honors WWII veterans
Americas, 30 October 2014
A Macquarie Houston team focused their 2014 Foundation Week efforts on Honor Flight Houston, an organization that helps World War II veterans travel to Washington DC to visit the WWII memorial, many of them for the first time.
Brian Hensley, Bernie Mooney, Elliot Moore, Sonia Quinonez and Liz Schaffner planned a series of events, starting with a lunch featuring Honor Flight Chairman Ashley French and 91-year-old WWII veteran Teddy Kirkpatrick. Teddy spoke about his trip to Washington and the emotional homecoming party on his return. To follow, the Macquarie team organized a bake sale, chili cook-off, happy hour, jeans day pass sale, auction and raffle and timed rowing competition.
With more than 150 staff contributing, the events raised close to $30,000 for Honor Flight including Foundation Week double matching. The funds will support an entire Honor Flight trip for 25 veterans to visit Washington DC this spring.
The Houston office joined a long list of other offices in the region that organization philanthropic activities during Foundation Week including Bloomfield Hills, Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Philadelphia and Toronto. Some highlights included:
- Calgary staff rolling up their sleeves to arm wrestle and raise more than $30,000 for the Heartbeat Children’s Society
- New York Office Executive Assistants wearing green beads to raise awareness and more than $23,000 for workforce development organized The HOPE Program
- Bloomfield Hills staff organizing a number of creative events including ‘a pie in the face’, raising more than $14,000 to benefit Hope Hospitality and Warming Center
- New York staff spending a ‘Day in the Dirt’ with the Central Park Conservancy
- Boston staff coming together for a night of live music and raffles, raising over $13,000 for homeless support organization Heading Home.
Image caption: Macquarie Capital’s Jill Botkin, George Alcorn and Stephanie Castro at a chili cook-off in support of Honor Flight Houston.