HKA December Charities: Giving Feels Good


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
  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.

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.


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