Members of the Million Dollar Round Table raised more than USD $176,000 to support the charities funded by the MDRT Foundation’s global grant programs at this year’s MDRT Annual Meeting, according to MDRT.

The MDRT Foundation awarded a USD $75,000 grant and collected more than 3,500 pairs of shoes for donation to the international charitable shoe organization, Soles4Souls. The partnership between the MDRT Foundation and Soles4Souls at this year’s MDRT Annual Meeting, June 5-8 in Atlanta, encouraged members to collect and distribute shoes to individuals in need.

Since its creation in 1959, the MDRT Foundation has donated more than $26 million to charities serving people in 67 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity, has distributed shoes to people in more than 127 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the U.S.

MDRT members donated shoes at the Soles4Souls smart car onsite at the Annual Meeting and contributed monetary donations at the MDRT Foundation booth.

In addition, approximately 1,200 MDRT members attended the Soles4Souls benefit concert featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead, where admission was a pair of new or gently used shoes. Together, more than 5,500 MDRT attendees, who jointly represented 59 countries, helped Soles4Souls move closer to achieving its goal.

As part of the Soles4Souls partnership, MDRT board members also participated in a shoe distribution at the Atlanta Mission, a homeless shelter for men, where 1,000 pairs of new shoes were given to local residents.

–Warren S. Hersch