10 Years, 10 Charities
Affect was founded in 2002 and this year we are celebrating our 10th anniversary! This achievement could only be accomplished through the hard work of our talented employees, loyal clients and supportive partners. In the past 10 years we have been extraordinarily blessed with all of our achievements and successes and now it’s our turn to give back. To celebrate this milestone, each team member nominated a charity that was important to them, and collectively we chose the top 10 listed below to receive a donation from Affect. Affect donated $10,000 in all – $1,000 to each of these organizations. We hope that you will consider donating to each of these worthy causes.
About this charity: Alzeimer’s Association works to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Libby Andrada, Account Coordinator: “The cause is very close to my heart as my family has been affected by Alzheimer’s for a long time and the charity focuses on proactive research and fundraising opportunities. I know how devastating it can be, and know that any donations and volunteering will help eventually find a cure and ease the pain for families.”
About this charity: CURE was founded by parents of children with epilepsy who were frustrated with their inability to protect their children from the devastation of seizures and the side effects of medications. Unwilling to sit back and accept the debilitating effects of epilepsy, these parents joined forces to spearhead the search for a cure. CURE’s mission is not only driven by the pressing need for scientific research and data, but by the painful struggle of families who suffer from epilepsy worldwide.
Brittany Bevacqua, Senior Account Supervisor: “My brother, Nikko, was diagnosed with Epilepsy when he was 12. Despite the daily medication he takes and the countless treatments he’s tried, no doctor seems to have an answer as to what may be causing this, or how he can manage his condition in the future. Though Nikko faces his own personal struggles with Epilepsy, the reality is that he’s been extremely lucky– others are not as lucky. Some have multiple seizures a day, some experience debilitating side effects from medication, and some, sadly face developmental and cognitive complications as well. Though Epilepsy is one of the most prevalent neurological diseases, research for treatments has been largely under-funded. On behalf of my brother, my family, and others impacted by this disease, I’d like to offer Affect’s support to help find a cure.”
About this charity: Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp is a 140 acre residential camp located on the Long Island Sound. The Camp is run through Cornell Cooperative Extension, with the mission of “engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.” The name represents four personal development areas of focus for the organization: head, heart, hands, and health.
Katie Creaser, Vice President: “When I was a kid, I looked forward to attending Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp in Riverhead every summer. I grew up in a “4-H Family” – my father was heavily involved in 4-H when he was a kid through adulthood. The camp, and its staff, was family to me – they were my father’s lifelong friends and a huge part of my life growing up. When my father retired, he decided that he was going to turn the camp around as the camp director – and actively marketed the camp, hired staff and did an major overhaul to the programming. Camp became his life again. When my father passed away in January, the entire camp (staff and campers) helped my family to celebrate his life – I’ll never forget the support they gave my family during our most difficult time or the love that they showed for my father.
I hope every child can experience what a “family” feels like – and the happiness and comfort that can be created by a shared experience. 4-H offers scholarships and funds to help renovate the camp. I want the 4-H family to continue to grow and thrive in the future, in honor of my father. “
About this charity: Girls Write Now (GWN) helps young women from at-risk communities in New York City achieve their personal and professional aspirations through a writing mentorship program. Since 1998, the organization has given more than 3,500 at-risk girls from New York City’s under-funded public high schools access to a supportive mentoring relationship, a safe space to share ideas, and an intergenerational writing community.
Sandra Fathi, President: “While half of New York City’s youth fail to complete high school, 100% of GWN’s seniors graduate and move on to college – bringing with them awards, scholarships, a new sense of confidence and new skills. 40% of Girls Write Now mentees are recent immigrants; 90% are girls of color. We know how critical writing skills are to achieve success in public relations. This is an organization worthy of our support and participation.“
About this charity: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary (nonprofit) health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.
Katey Kimpel, Intern: “This charity is particularly important to me because my cousin, Kyle, is currently battling leukemia. He is 16 years old and has a twin brother, Scott, and they are the two strongest kids I know. When they were a little over two years old, my aunt and uncle were killed in a plane accident. Kyle was diagnosed with Leukemia about a year and a half ago, and went into remission in November 2011. But then in February this year, the cancer came back and earlier this summer his brother Scott gave him a bone marrow transplant. Considering everything they went through together, please consider donating to this organization.”
About this charity: Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the global leader of the breast cancer movement. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.
Rosie Esposito, Senior Account Supervisor: “I’m nominating this charity due to the grace and elegance demonstrated by my Nana during her breast cancer treatment, and eventual triumph over the disease. I’m also nominating this organization in honor of a 30 year old friend who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Awareness is the ultimate ROI of supporting this organization.”
Ola Lasman, Senior Account Executive: “My mom was first diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 4 years old- she was only 40. It is critically important for women of all ages to be educated and screened for breast cancer at an early age. I can’t imagine my life without her. After a second battle with cancer just two years ago, and a double mastectomy, my mom is a true survivor. I’d love to honor her and all the other women who have suffered through a battle with breast cancer.”
About this charity: Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. They are helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place — one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.
Pat Gotham, Assistant Account Executive: “I first volunteered for the special olympics back in 8th grade, where I was a coach for athletes at my elementary school. I got my fraternity to sign up to volunteer as “cheerleaders” and sideline support for the athletes during the Maryland Special Olympic games. We had a fantastic time and have participated every year since. I truly love this organization because I see the joy it brings to all of the athletes who participate. They make friends, and their families really show huge support. It’s just a great atmosphere in which to volunteer.”
About this charity: St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries made here have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where some of today’s most gifted researchers are able to do science more quickly.
Regina Nisita, Human Resources & Operations Manager: “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With so many of us having lost loved ones to cancer, we understand that research is vital to providing hope to those struggling with the disease, children in particular.”
About this charity: Tyler’s Hope is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization committed to funding neurology research to prevent and cure DYT1 Dystonia; while creating awareness of this disorder. Dystonia is a devastating movement disorder that causes the muscles to contract and spasm involuntarily. It can impact any muscle causing involuntary contractions that force the body into repetitive and often twisting movements as well as awkward, irregular postures. Dystonia can cause both disability and pain.
Sandra Fathi, President: “My best friend’s son, Yam Preisler, was diagnosed with dystonia at age 7. Today, there is no cure for dystonia, only a handful of medications and a painful and experimental surgery called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), that can in some cases alleviate symptoms. Yam underwent DBS but continues to struggle with the disease. Yam’s mother came across Tyler’s Hope and found support, valuable information and hope for the future. Tyler’s Hope donates 100% of the funds collected to finding a cure for the disease.”
About this charity: For more than six decades, Defenders of Wildlife has been a leading force in the protection of wildlife and wild lands. They employ innovative, science-based approaches to protect imperiled wildlife, advocate for wildlife friendly climate and renewable energy policies and conserve and restore native habitat.
Melissa Baratta, Vice President: “I was raised to care for the environment and value wildlife and our ecosystem. I am deeply invested in making sure generations to come are able to enjoy the few “wild” places that are left on this earth, and the awesome animals that live there. If our ecosystem breaks down, we’re all in danger. Many species are threatened by irresponsible laws, poaching, logging/rainforest destruction and global warming, so the work that Defenders is doing to protect wildlife is really important.”