First Quarter Grants 2014

April 16, 2014

Each quarter, Carrington Charitable Foundation makes monetary grants to charitable causes that reflect the interests of Carrington Associates. Here are the grants that were made from January, February and March (Q1) of 2014:

A $5,000 grant was directed to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Make-A-Wish grants wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Carrington’s Rob Petruska from Fishers, Indiana, brought this cause to CCF’s attention and shared the impact this foundation has made on his family. He shares:

“My family came to fully understand the impact of Make-A-Wish foundation last fall when our son was granted his wish. After battling cancer treatments the first three months of his senior year, he received his wish to make a visit to Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin and meet his favorite players. Our trip was absolutely first class and planned perfectly by the Make-A-Wish crew. This was such a wonderful weekend not only for our son, but for our entire family. After experiencing the tough few months, this trip was much appreciated. Seeing not only our son, but our daughter who enjoyed all the fun too, experience a childhood dream come true was amazing. I will continue to support the Make-A-Wish foundation and know that these great kids have an extraordinary amount of joy coming their way!”  Read more about this Make-A-Wish chapter.
A $5,000 grant was made to the GallantFew "Run Ranger Run” event in honor of wounded Veteran Michael Schlitz. During the event, a team of ten individuals pledge to walk, run and/or ride bicycles a combined total of 565 miles in the month of February. Michael Schlitz, wounded Veteran and featured speaker at Carrington Charitable Foundation’s Annual Golf Classic, was a participant and raised funds and awareness to assist other Veterans through the GallantFew organization. GallantFew supports returning Veterans as they get acclimated back into civilian life, assisting with resume review, interview preparation, network connection, direct mentoring, education and coaching. Read more about GallantFew.

A $5,000 grant was made to the Semper Fi Fund, an organization that provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. They direct urgently needed resources to post 9/11 service members with amputations, spinal cord injuries, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), severe Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), burns, blindness, other physical injuries from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserves. Carrington’s Director of Veteran Affairs, Michael Barrett, brought the cause to CCF’s attention and shared the impact this program makes on our nation’s heroes and their families in times of need.  Read more about the Semper Fi Fund.

A $5,000 grant was made to the Special Olympics, the organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These events give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Read more about the Special Olympics.

A $1,000 grants was donated to SoCal Trykers, an organization that fundraises to help families purchase adaptive tricycles for children and young adults with disabilities. Founded by a group of physical therapists and their families, they help provide disabled individuals with bikes that are specially adapted for their specific needs to give them the freedom of mobility. Read more about the SoCal Trykers.