Make-A-Wish® Missouri Hosting Walk for Wishes

Make a WishMake-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories, on average, every 38 minutes. Wishes are more than just a nice thing. And they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved – wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. The impact varies. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy.

This year Make-A-Wish® Missouri will be hosting the Make-A-Wish® Walk for Wishes, scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Forest Park. This is a great family-oriented event that includes a 5K run, a family fun walk and endless activities for children.  Make-A-Wish®Missouri grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with Hope, Strength and Joy.  Make-A-Wish Missouri has granted over 5,000 wishes to date and serves 115 counties in Missouri and 6 counties in Kansas.  Last year, here in St. Louis, Make-A-Wish® was able to grant 139 wishes of local children.  They are able to do this because of great events like the Run & Walk for Wishes.  80.5 cents of every dollar we raise will aid in the granting of a child with a life-threatening medical condition.

If you have some time, I encourage you to visit the Make-A-Wish® website and read some of the heartwarming stories, as well as how to get involved with this amazing organization.

 

Interested in donating? Follow the link http://walkforwishesstl.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?supId=0&ievent=1090100

Interested in participating in the Walk for Wishes? You can also sponsor a walker if you are unable to attend yourself. Follow the link http://mo.wish.org/news-and-events/calendar-of-events/saint-louis-events/fy-2014/saint-louis-walk-for-wishes-2014

 

HKA Supports Charities: Lunch at St Patrick Center, St. Louis

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(From Left) Jessie Murphy & Bill Kruse serving their community.

On November 11th, 2013, the HKA family partnered up with The St Patrick Center to donate their time during the “Thanksgiving” season to helping others in need.  As the temperature quickly drops in the mid-western metropolis, it is now more important than ever to help those less fortunate.

“The St Patrick Center outing was a wonderful opportunity to expose and remind our Firm.  We have been exposed to a need and found it to be an easy need to fill.  This will help desensitize us to volunteerism in general.  It didn’t hurt, wasn’t scary, and felt good.  It also showed us what a successful institution of helping others looks like and will serve as a reminder should others try to convince us that these charities do not accomplish their goals of service.

Abby with Davey, from the St Patrick Center

Abby with Davey, from the St Patrick Center

We were also reminded of the need.  We saw the need first hand and it is real.  What little we do is appreciated, from the smiles on the faces to the glowing face of one young gentleman in particular of about 4 who skipped up to see us and stole our heart with his openness and happiness.  It reminds me of a quote I once read.. “The caliber of the soul of a great city can be seen in the faces of her most needy.”  As I looked into the faces of those served at St Patrick Center I did not see malice or hatred, I saw something different, not always hope, but not resignation either, and where there is at least some hope, much can be gained. ”  – Bill Kruse, Managing Partner

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Blake Will and Brian Godfroid serving lunch

“There is no better feeling at the end of the day then knowing that you played a role in making someone’s life better, if only for an hour”  – Jessie Murphy, Administrative Asst.

To learn more about The St Patrick Center or to donate visit http://www.stpatrickcenter.org today.

The Year In Review 2013- The Color Run

As we approach the end of 2013, we thought it would be a good time for reflection.  We are proud to look back at some of the many charitable organizations we’ve supported in 2013. Each event that we participated in was unique in its own way.  Looking back, these events were fulfilling and ultimately led the HKA team to participate in more events that supported causes that were near and dear to our hearts.

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds”

– Abraham Lincoln.

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On April 27th, 2013, we put their best foot forward by participating in The Color Run – St. Louis in support of the Autism Speaks organization. The color run is an event series and 5K paint race takes place all over the world.  It is an untimed event, has no winners or prizes but runners are showered with colored powder at stations along the run.  Autism Speaks is an autism advocacy organization in the United States that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public. Autism affects 1 out of every 88 children.  It is a developmental disability that most families have been faced with.  Although there is no cure for ASDs, awareness is key to empower the families to better understand prevention and treatment for autistic children.

“The Color Run is a great time. The company is “for-profit”, but it selects a local organization as its charity partner for each race. The St. Louis charity partner was Autism Speaks which is awesome because I have a cousin who has severe autism. It’s good to know that while having a fun time you are helping others in the community.”- Brian Godefroid, HKA Global