The MDRT Foundation recently gave Soles4Souls, a nonprofit that distributes shoes to the needy, a $75,000 grant and more than 3,500 pairs of shoes.

The money came from part of the $176,000 donated to the foundation by MDRT members at this year’s MDRT annual meeting, which took place June 5-8 in Atlanta. MDRT members also donated shoes at the meeting and at the foundation’s benefit concert, where admission was a pair of new or gently used shoes.

During the meeting, MDRT board members also joined Soles4Souls at the Atlanta Mission, a homeless shelter for men, to give out 1,000 pairs of the new shoes.

“One of the most rewarding experiences of the annual meeting was at the Atlanta Mission, where it became my mission to fit a gentleman with a pair of work boots,” says Robelynn H. Abadie, LUTCF, RFC, MDRT Foundation president. “He felt empowered to gain employment as an iron worker again, and his thank you letter was incredibly touching.”

The additional money raised by the MDRT Foundation at the meeting will go toward supporting other global grant programs.