HKA December Charities- We’re “Almost Home” For The Holidays!

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On December 6th, the Hauk Kruse family assisted the families at Almost Home in Saint Louis to make their holidays even brighter by decorating their homes for the holidays. When I went to Almost Home, I didn’t know what to expect.   I knew that the home housed about 10-15 young women with their children.  What I didn’t realize was that the organization wasn’t just a housing rehabilitation facility,  it was really so much more; it was a home.

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Lauren, the Development Coordinator was welcoming and informative.  She showed us the living space and we began to decorate the halls. As we decorated, I couldn’t help but think about what their day might be like.  These ladies get up every morning, get ready for school or work, take care of their children with the understanding that there is no husband, parent, grandparent or friend to assist them.  They are the breadwinner, they are ultimately, solely responsible for their destinies.

What makes these women different is that they never had a helping hand.  They were born into the world with no great advice from dad or the loving embrace of their mother. They came into this world not knowing what the next day would bring.  Coming from a place of strength in my family unit, it was hard for me to get my head around this.  The only resolve I have is to have nothing but complete compassion and admiration for the strength of these women.

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(From Left) Jessica Murphy, Abby Romberger

Last year, my sister Amanda and her husband Justin welcomed their first child.  Over the past year, I have seen and experienced second hand all that goes into properly raising a child.  In itself, it is truly the hardest profession to undertake.  These ladies do it every day.  Almost Home acts as a safe “rite of passage” so that they can take on other aspirations like school and work.  Almost Home provides for the continued development for these ladies and their children.

As we finished the decorating, I found comfort in the belief that these ladies will overcome.  They have been provided a place to start again in a new direction filled with love, support and opportunity; and some great mentors to help guide their way. They are my new heroes.

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(From Left)Brian Godfroid, Julio Davila, Blake Will & Bill Kruse

I have gratitude for Almost Home, for the people like Lauren and the rest of the team there who dedicate their lives to assisting others.

Please donate to Almost Home today by clicking here.

HKA December Charities: Giving Feels Good

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This month marked yet another milestone for Hauk Kruse & Associates (HKA).  Bill Kruse was named an official member of the Board of Directors for The Angel Band Project (ABP).

ABP is an organization that utilizes music to promote healing, raise awareness and create positive social change for survivors of sexual violence. It began as a benefit album after the tragic rape and murder of a lifelong friend of the founders of the organization. At the funeral of the friend who passed, there was more singing than speaking. The family and fiancée of the victim sang with such emotion, which ultimately led them to found The Angel Band Project and record an album in an effort to help others suffering in the wake of sexual violence.

Paid for entirely through donations and recorded live in four cities, the ABP family was joined by dozens of professional singers and musicians from the orchestra pits of Broadway to the bassist for Tracy Chapman. All proceeds help victims of sexual violence.

This month, ABP will be holding a contest on Facebook in which they will compete with other charities for the most comments on their Facebook page.  To participate in this contest and assist ABP with winning a great video prize package for their shows, follow the process outlined below:

  1. LIKE the StoryTrack Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/storytrackvideo
  2. Post a comment with the name of Angel Band Project to vote
  3. Share with your friends. One vote per person will be counted.

To donate to ABP, please visit their click HERE. Deadline for this contest is January 3rd, 2014.

HKA Year in Review- Spotlight on Chameleon Club Grand Opening in Saint Louis

The HKA team joined in on the fun for the grand opening of The Chameleon Club on October 24th. The club and cigar bar was bustling as new club members, friends and colleagues sipped wine and enjoyed the beautiful ambiance on the main floor of the club inside the historic “Barnett” building just off of Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis. The upstairs of this breathtaking building also acts as the headquarters for Chameleon Integrated Services who is led by the CEO and Partner, Jeff Kelley.

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Wine Tasting at Chameleon Club Grand Opening.

The private club is currently sponsoring a warm clothing drive for charities in saint louis. They are also performing open membership enrollment throughout the month of December. Membership includes valet parking and club amenities such as music, entertainment and events as well as entry into the coveted “Barnett Room” for the ultimate cigar smoking experience. We wish Chameleon Integrated Services and the club much success in their new endeavor.

HKA Supports Charities – Cornbread’s Adopt a Soldier at Thanksgiving 2013

With Thanksgiving and Veteran’s Day rapidly approaching, Bill Kruse, managing partner thought it would be a good idea to let our servicemen and servicewomen know just how much we appreciate them.  One cause that is important to him is “Cornbread’s Adopt A Soldier” program.

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This grass-root effort was started by Cornbread right after the tragic September 11th events. His main goal is to honor active US Military personnel. Cornbread’s Adopt a Soldier connects supportive St. Louisans with deployed soldiers and offers a channel by which to communicate encouragement, support, and express gratitude to the brave men and women serving our country.

HKA adopted Brian Mudd on November 1st, 2013. He will be receiving the items he requested including razors, shave cream a lots of goodies to make him feel as close to home as possible while he is away serving our great country.