Lauren's Construction Fund
This fund was setup to assist a family to adapt their home for the needs of their daughter. The daughter was recently involved in a swimming pool accident which left her a quadriplegic. For more information and to make a donation, visit http://www.gofundme.com/Shevchekstrong.
Oceans of Hope
Oceans of Hope sponsors walks in support of ovarian cancer research. Oceans of Hope raises funds during these events that are awarded to researchers using innovative ideas and technology to help find a cure for this disease. Your assistance means so much to us but even more to ovarian cancer research. To learn more about Oceans of Hope, visit http://www.oceansofhope.us.
2013 Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Half | Team ASPCA
A donation was made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in support of Team ASPCA’s participation in the 2013 Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Half. This contribution, in honor of a Team ASPCA participant, will directly support ASPCA's mission to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. For additional information on the ASPCA, please visit www.aspca.org or visit www.teamaspca.org.
Summer Search | Where Change Begins
A donation was made to Summer Search, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income youth build the confidence, character, and skills needed to complete college and achieve their full potential. The mission of Summer Search is to find resilient low-income high school students and inspire them to become responsible and altruistic leaders by providing year- round mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college advising, and a lasting support network. For more information, visit www.summersearch.org
Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis in Madison, Wisconsin
A donation was made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on behalf of Lori Devoti, a mother of two children affected by cystic fibrosis who is a family friend of Binary Tree’s Director of Sales Engineering, Pete Caldecourt. Lori is walking in the Great Strides walk at 2013 Madison - Elver Park on 05/19/2013 to raise funds for the foundation. For more information and to donate, visit http://www.cff.org/Great_Strides/LoriDevoti8452.
After the tragic events at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, Binary Tree made a donation to OneFundBoston, the official fund established by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to help the people most affected by this event. The thoughts and prayers of the staff of Binary Tree go out to the victims. For more information and to donate, please visit OneFundBoston.org.
EIF Revlon Run/Walk For Women New York 2013
Our April donation was made to the Revlon Run/Walk for Women to support the fight against cancer. This donation was made on behalf of Diana Bronnberg, a family friend of Binary Tree’s CEO Steven Pivnik. Diana lost her mother to cancer in 2008 and the fight, determination and hope her mother possessed up until her last day motivates Diana to help support this cause. Created in 1994 through the committed and collective efforts of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Lilly Tartikoff and Ronald O. Perelman, the EIF Revlon Run/Walk For Women has grown to become one of the nation's largest single day fundraising events. To date, the Run/Walks (in Los Angeles and New York) have distributed over $68 million for cancer research, treatment, counseling and outreach programs. Thanks in part to these funds, new treatments are being developed and lives are being saved. More information can be found online at https://secure3.convio.net/eif/site/Donation2?idb=1981211587&df_id=1823&FR_ID=1101&1823.donation=form1&PROXY_ID=1068003&PROXY_TYPE=20.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training for the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon
Our March donation went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to sponsor a friend of Binary Tree that is participating in the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon to raise funds as part of the Society's Team In Training program. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team In Training offers runners and walkers the opportunity to take on the challenge of a marathon or half-marathon and make a difference in the lives of an estimated 1,012,533 people in the United States living with, or in remission from, leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma or myeloma. More information can be found online at http://pages.teamintraining.org/cpa/rnr13/janderscpv.
February 2013 Grants
The Green Beret Foundation
The first donation went towards sponsoring a Binary Tree friend who is running 2 races (The North Face Endurance Challenge in June and the Chesapeake Ironman Distance Triathlon in September) to raise money for the Green Beret Foundation. His goal is to raise $5000 for the foundation. The Green Beret Foundation provides unconventional resources to facilitate the special needs of our wounded, ill and injured, and imparts unique support to the Special Forces community in order to strengthen readiness and uphold Green Beret traditions and values. The US Special Forces (Green Berets) put themselves in harm’s way every day. To help and sponsor, please visit the following link: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/al-grintalis/shamrockmarathon
The Cystic Fibrosis Association Of New Zealand
The second donation was made to the Cystic Fibrosis Association of New Zealand. Mr. Ken Glah, a friend of Binary Tree’s CEO Steven Pivnik (and fellow triathlete, who incidentally holds a record for most Ironman Kona World Championships!) will be competing in Ironman New Zealand 2013 to raise money that will be used to support young people with Cystic Fibrosis to stay healthy for longer through exercise and sport. Cystic Fibrosis is New Zealand's most common life threatening genetic condition, for which sadly, there is currently no cure. However life expectancy and quality of life for those born with Cystic Fibrosis can be increased when an exercise and physical activity program becomes part of daily activity from a very early age. Binary Tree’s donation will help families who are already struggling with the medical and nutritional costs of Cystic Fibrosis, to meet the costs of sports and physical activities so that there are no barriers to participating in life preserving exercise for people with CF. To donate and read more, please visit the following link: http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/KenGlah/
Girls Soccer League At Old Bridge, NJ
Finally, we are pleased to once again support our friends at the Girls Soccer League at Old Bridge! One of Binary Tree’s long-term employees, Scott Russo, is a coach for the Girls Soccer League at Old Bridge, NJ (GSLOB) – the club is a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer competitive soccer to the children of Old Bridge and surrounding areas and develop each player to their potential. GSLOB promotes individual, team, parent and community development of soccer skills and knowledge while not losing sight of having fun. They emphasize individual growth in teamwork, sportsmanship, self-esteem and mutual respect. Their philosophy is to give all children the opportunity to succeed and play the game of soccer without adding financial hardship to their household. Binary Tree’s donation will help fund registration, player/coach development and field development expenses. To read more about GSLOB, please visit their website at: www.gslob.com
January 2013 Grants
One of our donations in January was made to A TIME on behalf of a long time friend of the company. A TIME is the premier, internationally acclaimed organization that offers advocacy, education, guidance, research and support through our many programs to men, women, and couples struggling with reproductive health and infertility. For more information, please visit www.atime.org
The Barley Sheaf Players
Another donation was made in January to the The Barley Sheaf Players. The Barley Sheaf Players is a Community Theater in Lionville, Pennsylvania that offers year-round shows and activities. We strive to promote and encourage dramatic arts in our region and to be recognized within our region as an example of artistic achievement combined with a pervasive sense of community spirit. For more information, please visit www.barleysheaf.org
Shelter Our Pets
Our December donation was made to Shelter Our Pets. Shelter Our Pets is a new NJ nonprofit with the mission of providing temporary shelter to the pets of victims of domestic violence while they flee their abusive situations. Our unique organization provides a specialized service, offering safe and loving care and shelter to pets of abuse victims, either with a foster family or at an area kennel, until they can be reunited with their owners. Your donation will go directly toward Shelter Our Pets’ start-up costs, including funds for insurance, pet medical care, supplies, food and kenneling. For more information, visit Shelter Our Pets online at www.shelterourpets.org
American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief
Our November donation was made to the American Red Cross for the relief of victims of Hurricane Sandy. Binary Tree is headquartered in Newark, NJ and many of our employees witnessed the destructive power of this natural disaster first-hand. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by this storm. The Red Cross continues to focus on reaching as many people as possible who need our help. Your help is urgently needed to continue to support relief efforts. Getting supplies and meals and water into affected areas is the top priority. Financial donations make the greatest and most immediate impact, helping the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. Please donate today at www.redcross.org/hurricane-sandy
American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Our October donation was made to the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The donation was made to honor a friend of the family of a Binary Tree employee. Every day, the American Cancer Society helps people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is easiest to treat. Today 1 of every 2 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to them for help and support. They provide free information and services when and where women need it throughout their journey to get well. They are investing in groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer, and are working to ensure access to mammograms for women who need them. We hope you will join us in the support of this cause. For more information, visit the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer website
Alan T Brown Foundation to Cure Paralysis
Our September donation was made to the Alan T Brown Foundation to Cure Paralysis. This donation was made on behalf of the fundraising efforts of Igor Yakushko who is running in the NYC Marathon in November with our CEO Steven Pivnik. Through a partnership with the New York Road Runners' Charity Partner program, the Alan T Brown Foundation to Cure Paralysis will be a Bronze Level Charity in the ING NYC Marathon on November 4th, 2012. Join ATBF's team to "Run for Those Who Can't" and receive guaranteed entry in the Marathon in conjunction with raising funds for the Foundation's important Outreach programs! To read more about the Alan T Brown Foundation and their participation in the NYC Marathon, please visit the website, www.crowdrise.com/teamatbfnyc2012
American Red Cross for Relief from Hurricane Isaac
Since Hurricane Isaac struck the Gulf Coast this August, thousands of families have evacuated their homes. The Binary Tree August charity donation has been provided to the American Red Cross, who have readied 79 shelters, provided over half a million meals and snacks and disaster supplies for those effected. As of right now, the wind, rain and threats of tornadoes continue to batter communities along the Gulf Coast. The Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Their network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering here in the USA and abroad. To read more about the Red Cross, please visit their website, www.redcross.org
2012 24 Hours of Booty
Our July 2012 donation was made to 24 Hours of Booty, a 24-hour cycling event that raises money for national and local cancer initiatives, on behalf of Steve Sterka who is representing Team Wells Fargo. Steve is a long time Binary Tree friend, partner, and customer. 24 Hours of Booty is the official 24-hour cycling event of LIVESTRONG, the national beneficiary. The Charlotte, NC cycling event is July 27-28. For more information, please visit: http://www.24hoursofbooty.org
Live Strong New York City Marathon
Our CEO, Steven Pivnik, will run in the New York City Marathon in November to support of the LIVESTRONG foundation. LIVESTRONG serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against this disease that is now the world's leading cause of death. LIVESTRONG has become a symbol of hope and inspiration to people affected by cancer around the world. You can pledge support for Steven's run in the Marathon at: http://laf.livestrong.org/goto/stevepiv
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The May 2012 donation went to The National MS Society on behalf of one of Binary Tree’s employees, Roland Brooks. Roland has a few friends and one relative with this crippling disease and the National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. They exist to make sure it doesn't. The National MS Society helps each person address the challenges of living with MS through their 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. To read more about The National MS Society, please visit their website: http://www.nationalmssociety.org
Wounded Warrior Project
In April, Binary Tree’s donation went to the Wounded Warrior Project. The project’s purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members. And also to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. More more information please visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org
Race for Life (UK)
A second April 2012 donation went to Race for Life, the UK’s biggest fight against cancer and the largest women-only fundraising event in the UK. Since Race for Life started in 1994, an incredible six millions participants have raised over £457million, more than any other UK event series raising money to fund cancer research. This donation is made on behalf of the cousin of one of our employees, Julieanne DiDino. Jules’ family has lost several members due to cancer and her cousins Sophie and Stephanie will be taking part in this event in their memory. To read more about Race for Life, please visit their website: http://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org
Classroom in Need for Students with Autism and Learning Disabilities
Our donation in March went to the development of an all-in-one storytelling center in Newton Bateman Elementary School in Chicago. The storytelling center will provide tactile, visual, and auditory stimulation for students with autism and other learning disabilities. More information on this classroom in need is available online
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training
The February donation was made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training on behalf of Samir Ghosh, a friend and partner at Advaiya. Samir will be participating in the South Maui Olympic-distance Triathlon on June 10th to raise valuable funds to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS's) mission. For more information, please visit Samir's fundraising page
The 2012 EIF/Revlon Run/Walk for Women
In January, a donation was made to the Revlon Run/Walk for Women to support the fight against cancer. This donation was made on behalf of Diana Bronnberg, a family friend of Binary Tree’s CEO Steven Pivnik. Diana lost her mother to cancer in 2008 and the fight, determination and hope her mother possessed up until her last day motivates Diana to help support this cause. Read more about the Revlon Run/Walk Charity online
The 18th Annual Puget Sound Race for the Cure
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure
The May 2011 donation was made on behalf of the wife of one of our employees, Rob Watts. His wife Teresa will be participating in two very special events in the fight against breast cancer this summer. On June 5th she will be participating in the 18th Annual Puget Sound Race for the Cure which is a 5k run/walk and will also be walking 60 miles over the course of three days in September as a participant for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure®. Teresa will be walking with thousands of others who have made the same courageous commitment: to help raise awareness and funding for this devastating disease. Walking 60 miles is no easy feat and she will sleep in tents, shower in trucks, and push herself far beyond what she ever thought she was capable of doing. Binary Tree is honored to support her as she takes part in this special event. You can read more about the The Susan Komen 3 day For The Cure cause here: www.the3day.org
Revlon Run/Walk for Women
The Annual 2011 AIDS Walk in NYC
Two donations were made for the month of April 2011. The first donation was made to the Revlon Run/Walk for Women to support the fight against cancer. This donation was made on behalf of Diana Bronnberg, a family friend of Binary Tree’s Co-CEO Steven Pivnik. Diana lost her mother to cancer in 2008 and the fight, determination and hope her mother possessed up until her last day motivates Diana to help support this cause. To read more about the Revlon Run/Walk Charity and to read Diana's personal story, please visit this link: http://do.eifoundation.org/goto/mysunshine
We also sponsored Binary Tree’s Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Katie Silva, who walked in the Annual 2011 AIDS Walk in NYC on May 15th. Since 1986, AIDS Walk New York has raised more than $116 million for HIV programs and services in the tri-state area and has grown in the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world.
In 2010 alone, 45,000 participants – many of whom were members of 3,100 corporate and community teams, raised a record sum of over $5.6 million for GMHC and 39 other local AIDS service organizations. To read more about AIDS Walk New York, please visit their website: www.aidswalk.net/newyork
The Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan
We were all devastated to hear and read about the lives lost and the significant damage bought on by the earthquake and Tsunami in Japan recently. Binary Tree’s donation for March 2011 went to the American Red Cross who will put our donation to work in the communities affected by this tragedy. To read more about the Red Cross and their efforts to help those in Japan, please visit their website: www.redcross.org
The Earthquake in New Zealand
The city of Christchurch in New Zealand was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on February 22nd, causing widespread devastation to the city. The quake caused significant loss of life and injury, as well as severely damaging buildings, infrastructure and services. Binary Tree’s February 2011 donation was made to the New Zealand Red Cross and will be used towards the devastation occurred during the recent earthquake. To read more about The Red Cross and their efforts to help those in New Zealand, please visit their website: www.redcross.org.nz
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)
Our donation in January 2011 was made to 'Stand up to Cancer' in memory of Joyce Maglior, mother of one of Binary Tree’s employees, Mike Maglior. Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is a new initiative created to accelerate groundbreaking cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. SU2C's goal is to bring together the best and the brightest in the cancer community, encouraging collaboration instead of competition. By galvanizing the entertainment industry, SU2C creates awareness and builds broad public support for this effort. To read more, please visit: www.standup2cancer.org
96’ Michigan Travelers
Perry Hiltz, a long-term key Binary Tree employee, has been with us for over 10 years. Perry is an avid Ice Hockey enthusiast and his son’s team - The ’96 Michigan Travelers’ has been hosting a variety of fund raisers for the team including golf outings and football pools to help offset the very significant monthly costs for ice time. With Michigan being in a very depressed economic state, this is hard on the team's family members. Binary Tree is pleased to lend a hand with the December 2010 donation!
Ready or Not Foundation
The ‘Ready Or Not Foundation’ was inspired by a little girl called Jackie who, at the age of 6, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Soon thereafter, the doctors had discovered it was a high grade (grade 3) anaplastic astrocytoma, and the treatments included surgeries, radiation therapy, and extended chemotherapy. Today, Jackie is in remission after the last thirty six (36) months of her living with the most lethal of diseases for children. The Binary Tree November 2010 donation went towards the Ready Or Not Foundation who raise money towards pediatric brain cancer research. Please visit the Ready Or Not Foundation’s website to read more about their efforts: www.readyornotfoundation.org/ourstory.html
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's (JDRF)
The October 2010 donation was made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes. JDRF is the largest worldwide organization dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes. In a typical year, over 80% of every dollar raised goes directly to diabetes research education. To read more about JDRF, please visit: www.jdrf.org
The Humane Society
We are huge animal lovers here at Binary Tree! It gives us great pleasure to donate funds to help our furry friends in need. In September 2010, we made a donation to the Humane Society of New York City. The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization, backed by 11 million Americans. Our financial aid will help to reduce suffering and improve the lives of all animals by advocating for better laws, investigating animal cruelty, conducting animal rescue and emergency response and providing direct care for thousands of animals at the Humane Society’s sanctuaries, emergency shelters, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and mobile veterinary clinics. Read more about the Humane Society and the important work they do, here: www.humanesociety.org/about/
The Robin Hood Fund & The Lustgarten Foundation
We made two donations in August 2010. The first was a sponsorship for a Binary Tree friend - Ira Bell – who ran the New York Marathon in November 2010. His fund raising efforts will go towards the Robin Hood fund, which targets poverty in New York. You can read more about the Robin Hood Fund here: www.robinhood.org
The second donation was made to two additional New York City Marathon runners who were raising money for the Lustgarten Foundation in honor of a family friend who passed away from Pancreatic Cancer in early 2010. The Lustgarten Foundation focuses on increasing funding and support of research into the biological mechanisms and clinical strategies related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of pancreatic cancer. To read more about the Lustgarten Foundation, please visit their website: www.lustgarten.org
Relay For Life
One of our long-term employees, Chuck Lindgren, completed the 'Relay for Life' event held at the Northern Essex Community College track in Haverhill MA on Friday, June 11. The event raised a whopping $113,258.50 for the American Cancer Society and we are thrilled to have helped them reach their goal! You can read more about the event: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=23386
The Lance Armstrong Foundation
A Binary Tree friend, Steve Sterka, participated in a 24 hour cycling event for the Lance Armstrong Foundation in June 2010. He took part in this event in memory of his father and step mother who recently lost their battles to cancer. In addition, he rode to support his daughter's 4th grade teacher and his co-worker's courageous battles against cancer. You can read more about Steve's event here: www.24hoursofbooty.org
The Girls Soccer League of Old Bridge, NJ
Those of you who have called our Support Department may have spoken with one of our long-term employees, Scott Russo. Scott is a referee for his daughters’ Soccer League - The Girls Soccer League of Old Bridge, NJ. This association fosters and promotes the game of soccer among the girls of the Township of Old Bridge, NJ and its surrounding communities and we are delighted to help them offset some of their costs by donating towards the cause! Check out the Soccer League’s website here: www.gslob.com
The Revlon Run/Walk for Breast Cancer
The April 2010 Charity Donation went towards fighting Breast Cancer and specifically to sponsor two people who participated in two separate events: the first person is called Luba, a friend of our CEO Steven Pivnik who participated in the 13th annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women on May 1 2010. The second person is Sue Scott, a friend of Binary Tree’s Pre-Sales & Enablement Manager, Rob Phillips. Sue participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Boston on May 15th and 16th. Since 1994, the funds raised in the EIF Revlon Run/Walks in LA and New York have together distributed over $60 million for cancer research, treatment, counseling and outreach programs. Thanks in part to these funds, new treatments are being developed, lives are being saved, and hope is gaining ground. For more information, visit http://do.eifoundation.org
Seas IT is a non-profit organization that promotes recovery through recreation for cancer patients who seek to recapture positive thinking and to regain control over their lives. Seas IT was founded by Amanda McGovern whose husband, Todd McGovern at the age of 30 was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. With no explanation, the doctors stated that he had been dealt a tough hand and that he had six months to two years to live. That was 7 years ago!
Cancer is a disease that at times makes its sufferers feel powerless and Seas It aims to help patients regain control over their lives so that they may fight the battle against cancer on their own terms. Binary Tree is honored to help Seas IT in their efforts! To read more about Seas IT, please visit their website: www.seasit.org
Humane Society of New York City
The February charity donation went to the Humane Society of New York City who do a fantastic job helping disadvantaged animals. The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization, backed by 11 million Americans. Our financial aid will help to reduce suffering and improve the lives of all animals by advocating for better laws, investigating animal cruelty, conducting animal rescue and emergency response, and providing direct care for thousands of animals at the Humane Society’s sanctuaries, emergency shelters, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and mobile veterinary clinics. Read more about the Humane Society and the important work they do, here: www.humanesociety.org/about/
The Earthquake in Haiti
On Tuesday, January 12th an earthquake with a catastrophic magnitude of 7.0 hit Haiti. By January 24, at least 52 aftershocks had been recorded. The loss of life and devastation was enormous. Binary Tree donated funds to the Haitian earthquake fund organized by The Red Cross
, who continue to help hundreds of thousands of Haitians recover from the earthquake.
*Update January 2011: By the one-year anniversary of the earthquake, the American Red Cross expects to have spent and signed agreements to spend $245 million to meet the most pressing needs of earthquake survivors. Our financial aid teamed with the aid of Millions worldwide have helped Haitians receive immediate relief and longer-term support and training to help them recover and rebuild.
Rainforest Action Network
Rainforest Action Network (RAN) believes that a sustainable world can be created in our lifetime, and that aggressive action must be taken immediately to leave a safe and secure world for our children. Binary Tree is pleased to contribute to this very worthwhile organization who actively campaign for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life. To read more about RAN, please visit their website here: http://ran.org/
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America
For over a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping change kids’ perspectives and giving them the opportunity to reach their potential. It all started in 1904, when a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom. He recognized that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers. That marked the beginning of the Big Brothers movement.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America help children realize their potential and build their futures and Binary Tree is thrilled to be able to help! The November 2009 donation went to this very worthwhile cause. To read more about the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America program, please visit their website:
Guidedog Foundation for the Blind
Since 1946, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. has provided guide dogs free of charge to blind people who seek enhanced mobility and independence. They are supported entirely by donations from organizations like Binary Tree, individuals and foundations, and receive no government funding.
This year, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind became the first assistance dog school in the world to be certified by the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. It is the only assistance dog school in the United States to receive dual accreditation by these two international bodies. Please visit the Guidedog Foundation for the Blind’s website and see how you can help! www.guidedog.org
National MS Society
This month, Binary Tree has donated funds towards the sponsorship of Steve Sterka, a Binary Tree friend and customer, who will be participating in the 2009 National MS Ride on Oct 3-4. So far, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of his colleagues, friends and family, Steve has raised over $1,200 toward defeating multiple sclerosis! This is a wonderful feat and we are proud to be able to help support his efforts! Read more about the National MS Society here: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/racemap.aspx
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Many of us know someone who has been affected by breast cancer, and the Binary Tree August donation has been made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The mission of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health. Currently, over 90 cents of every dollar donated goes to breast cancer research and awareness programs. To read more about the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, please visit their website: http://www.bcrfcure.org
This month, Binary Tree’s donation went to an organization called Seas IT, recommended by Binary Tree’s Director of Sales, Carl Baumann. A very close friend of Carl’s called Todd McGovern has been fighting Stage 4 Colon Cancer. At the time of his diagnosis (on his honeymoon during the Summer 2004) doctors found 30 tumors throughput his body. He was given 3-6 months to live.
The doctors were perplexed as Todd did not fit the atypical mold for someone with colon cancer. He was active and athletic; he was young and had no history of colon cancer within his family. After getting over the initial shock, Todd had a decision to make: he could start dying or he could find start living. Todd is a fighter and he decided to start living. When the initial shock finally past, Todd and his wife Amanda founded their own non-profit organization called Seas-It (www.seasit.org) which promotes recovery through recreation for cancer patients who seek to recapture positive thinking and to regain control over their lives. Binary Tree is honored to help Seas IT with their endeavors. If you know someone fighting Cancer, please visit the Seat IT org website to read more about this very worthwhile organization and see how they may be able to help: www.seasit.org
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
The June donation went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They are the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.
The support of individuals and organizations helps ensure that St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will continue its lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children. It costs $1.6 million a day to operate St. Jude, and public donations provide more than 70 percent of their funding. But the most important reason is, in the words of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas: "No child should die in the dawn of life."
Friends of the Earth
We are big environmentalists here at Binary Tree and realize the importance of reducing our carbon footprint. This month, we are pleased to support Friends of the Earth, who fight to defend the environment and create a healthier and just world. Their progressive environmental advocates pull no punches and speak sometimes uncomfortable truths to power. However, this is an approach that for four decades has yielded victories protecting our planet and its people. Friends of the Earth are part of Friends of the Earth International, a federation of grassroots groups working in 76 countries on today’s most urgent environmental and social issues.
Melanoma Foundation of New England
On Monday April 20th, the brother and sister in law of one of Binary Tree’s Solution Architects, Perry Hiltz - took to the hills, and streets of Boston to run in the 2009 Boston Marathon. (This was his sister in law Mary Theresa's second running while his brother in law Randy's, first). Mary Theresa qualified to run this marathon by completing a marathon run in Canada and Randy qualified by raising funds on behalf of the Melanoma Foundation of New England.
In order to qualify for the race, Randy had to raise at least $3,000, however at the time of the race he had raised more than $4,700. Unfortunately Randy pulled a muscle in his calf during the race but that did not deter him and he completed the race! Well done Randy and Mary Theresa – Binary Tree is thrilled to donate towards the Melanoma Foundation of New England’s cause! To read more about this organization, please visit their website here: http://www.melanomafoundationne.org
Wildlife Conservation Society
We’re big advocates of wildlife conservation at Binary Tree and we are honored to donate the March funds towards the Wildlife Conservation Society, who’s mission is to save wildlife and wild places across the globe.
Their story began in the early 1900’s when they successfully helped the American bison recover on the Western Plains. Today, they protect many of the world’s iconic creatures here and abroad, including gorillas in the Congo, tigers in India, wolverines in the Yellowstone Rockies, and ocean giants in our world’s amazing seascapes.
During their 115 years, they have forged the power of their global conservation work and the management of their five parks in New York City to create the world’s most comprehensive conservation organization. They currently manage about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries; and educate millions of visitors at their five living institutions in New York City on important issues affecting our planet. Their parks include: the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo.
With a commitment to protect 25 percent of the world’s biodiversity, they address four of the biggest issues facing wildlife and wild places: climate change; natural resource exploitation; the connection between wildlife health and human health; and the sustainable development of human livelihoods. While taking on these issues, they manage more than 200 million acres of protected lands around the world, with more than 200 scientists on staff. To read more and to help the Wildlife Conservation Society with their very worthwhile cause, please visit their website here: http://www.wcs.org
Tix for Tots
Some experiences in childhood are unforgettable. Remember the first time you went to a ballpark and heard the crack of the bat in response to the opening pitch? How about sitting raptly in the audience in the dark, hushed and waiting fo r the curtain to rise on your first viewing of A Christmas Carol? Some fans recall the roots of a lifelong passion beginning with the squeaking shoes and hustling on the hardwood floors of a college basketball arena.
Whatever your passion, it started somewhere and being able to experience new things through cultural events opened your mind, made you think, got you in shape or helped you join a team – or maybe just let you escape for a few hours.
Tix for Tots is a new way to help kids in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area who would otherwise not have the chance to experience those events. It is simply a network - a relationship that allows unused seats for sporting events or cultural events be donated to mentoring organizations and distributed, so that kids get a chance to escape, or learn, or develop a passion. The February 2009 charity donation went to this very worthwhile cause. Whether you have tickets you can donate to Tix for Tots or would like to help fund their endeavors, please visit their website to find out more: http://www.tixfortots.org
The Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary
The Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary in Montana rescues and shelters disabled animals. Every animal that arrives at the Rolling Dog Ranch gets another chance to have a safe and loving home. Their residents include blind dogs and cats and animals with orthopedic and neurological disabilities. Binary Tree is thrilled to donate the January funds to the Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary who work tirelessly helping these disadvantaged animals. To learn more, please visit their website: http://www.rollingdogranch.org