Costco Wholesale has raised millions of dollars since they began fundraising for Rady Children's - more than $1 million in May 2008 and 2009 alone! Not only does the company host events such as golf tournaments and business shows and sell miracle balloons, it also makes a corporate match towards all employees' gifts.
Crestone Group Baking Companies
During the past decade, Crestone Group Baking Companies and its employees have reached out to those in need. After the newborn baby of an employee was treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Rady Children's in 2001, Crestone CEO Brian Wells decided to make Crestone Group's annual golf tournament a charity event for Rady Children's.
Hillsdale Middle School and Austin Gatus
The spark of inspiration began on a beautiful September evening as Toni Cleveland (Drama Teacher & 6th grade core teacher) and Spencer Caldwell (Music Teacher/Band Director) witnessed a very special moment in time as one of their own 6th grade students, 12-year-old Austin Gatus (a current cancer patient at Rady Children's ) spoke to a large crowd about his journey with cancer. Austin delivered a speech powerful enough to trigger tears in the eyes of many. Later that evening, Austin surprised the crowd with a saxophone duet with world-famous saxophonist Kenny G. Austin’s motto of “Do something nice for someone each day,” touched the hearts of all who meet him.
Toni and Spencer set a goal to raise $5,000 for Rady Children’s. Both Drama and Band departments would each dedicate a concert towards Rady Children’s. Within two weeks, they surpassed their goal and became Miracle Makers.
Liam's Fund is a partnership between families and friends of children who are neurosurgery patients at Rady Children's. Liam Guiterrez, a brave boy born with congenital hydroencephalitis, had more than 75 brain surgeries by the time he was 18 months old. Liam's Fund fundraisers focus on fun and family involvement, such as the annual SeaWorld Shamu & You Family Walk – all to raise money to purchase state-of-the-art equipment so that our medical professionals have the best tools to help our children.
San Elijo Middle School
San Elijo Middle School students know that every penny can make a difference. During their "Penny Wars" fundraiser, each homeroom was given a large, enclosed container to collect donated pennies. Each penny counted as one point – but paper bills or other coins reduced their points, so students could also donate coins other than pennies or paper currency in the cans of other homerooms! In the end, one homeroom won an ice cream party, but the real winners were the patients at Rady Children's.
The Bishop’s School
In a true example of kids helping kids, the Bishop's School held its first Dance Marathon in 2005. Over the course of four years, they have raised more than $76,000.
Since 1992, local Walmart and Sam's Club associates have contributed more than $3 million to Rady Children's. Walmart is the number one Children's Miracle Network sponsor and one of the top five Rady Children's corporate sponsors. These phenomenal results can be attributed to the leadership of their management team in developing a philanthropic culture throughout the workplace. They understand the importance of giving back to the communities in which they serve.
When Vicki Warren and her husband hosted a group of 40 motor coaches in San Diego, they decided to turn the rally into a rallying cry to help kids! She asked everyone to "Bring a Bear to Show You Care," for the kids at Rady Children's. After showing the group a video of the kids they were helping, they passed a jar and quickly raised more than $500.
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