Friday morning at the NAILBA 32 conference at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas was highlighted by presentations on the numerous charitable donations made by NAILBA and its members.
NAILBA Charitable Foundation president, John Rippinger, encouraged attendees to bid in organization auctions, which feature everything from duck hunting trips, to flight experiences, to autographed sports memorabilia.
In addition, he encouraged the brokerages and their partners to donate to the Charitable Foundation, which helps members actively support charities in their local community.
A series of companies then presented checks to the Foundation, including a $20,000 donation from Genworth, $21,200 from The Marketing Alliance, $25,000 from Prudential, and $25,450 from LifeMark Partners.
David Long, NAILBA’s 2013 Secretary/Treasurer then presented this year’s Foundation grants, sponsored by NAILBA members across the country. The foundation received more than 40 applications this year, and awarded a total of $225,000 to 13 applicants, including:
- Brain Tumor Foundation for Children Inc., Atlanta, Ga. — $20,000
- Children’s Oncology Services Inc., Chicago, Ill. — $20,000
- The Dream Connection, Knoxville, Tenn. — $20,000
- Mama’s Kitchen, San Diego, Calif. — $20,000
The 2013 Felton Grant for $25,000 went to Promises2Kids, a San Diego-based organization that helps foster children reconnect with estranged siblings at camps across the country.
Marvin Feldman, CEO of the Life Foundation then awarded a check for $15,000 to Shane LaBarge, this year’s Life Lessons Scholarship program Grand Prize Essay Recipient.