Give Kids The World Newsletter – May 2019

May 2019

What’s Inside?

Article 1: Gallagher Bassett is Giving it Their All!
Article 2: WCI’s GKTW Silent Auction Returns in 2019

Article 3: Invitation to the August 10th Festivities
Article 4: An Opportunity to Give

 

Gallagher Bassett is Giving it Their All!

Gallagher Bassett has been a huge supporter of the WCI Give Kids The World volunteer day and gala. In 2018, there were 35 Gallagher Bassett employees with their families for a total of 69 volunteers representing them at the Give Kids The World Village Service Day held on the Saturday prior to the annual WCI Conference. That evening, they were VIP Sponsors. You might ask why they do it. Well, we have some answers! Questions were posed to Andrea Humphries, Assistant Vice President, Claims Operation for Gallagher Bassett.

How did you learn about Give Kids The World and the gala held in conjunction with the annual WCI conference?

Initially I learned about Give Kids The World through my work with Gallagher Bassett and a volunteer effort at the inception of the WCI conference. I wanted to do more with my work family and this was an opportunity to do so.

What was your assignment at the Give Kids The World Village for the volunteer event?

My assignment consisted of village beautification. We cleaned the entrances to the villas and mulched around the trees. We were able to interact with one of the families who was very thankful for the time that we were putting into making this a nice experience for them and assist with the upkeep of the village

How many of your GB employees participated in the event and what type of feedback did you receive from them regarding their experience at the village?

About 35 GB employees and their families participated in 2018. This has become a great team building experience for me and my team. We add more people every year. This effort brings us closer from a personal perspective, leaving work behind to allow us to come together on a very personal level with the world around us.

Please share one or two of your most memorable moments at the village.

The first year I volunteered was an extremely moving experience. Hearing the history and the stories of families and their experiences left an impact that will never leave me. Each year since, it is even more important to continue efforts to support the Village any way that I can through volunteer efforts and donations. To this day, when I visit the website or listen to families and their experience or explain the Village to my neighbors and church community I get very emotional and I am moved by the generosity and influence that the Village has on our world.

What did you enjoy most about attending the 2018 WCI Give Kids The World benefit gala?

The most enjoyable part is the generosity of spirit for such a worthy cause. Experienced people from all components of the industry come together and put all business aside to participate in service to families and the Village is extraordinary.

Is there anything else you would like to add about Gallagher Bassett’s experience with the GKTW village volunteer day and gala?

Gallagher is committed to doing our part to serve in our community, through group and individual efforts. We are proud to give back to make a difference.

 

WCI’s GKTW Silent Auction Returns in 2019

By Robin Fielding, Silent Auction Committee Member

It’s simply a gift to work in partnership with WCI’s Silent Auction Committee during the 2019 WCI/GKTW Gala. At the 2018 Gala, our Worker’s Compensation family of employers, carriers, medical providers, attorneys, case managers, adjusters, and many more helped to raise a record breaking almost $50,000 for Give Kids the World last year!!!

There are so many wonderful ways to do your part for the GKTW village (www.gktw.org). Whether you’re volunteering, sponsoring or attending the gala, you can support the Silent Auction by donating and/or bidding on wonderful and unique items.

Interested in donating an item(s) to the silent auction but can’t think of what’s best to donate? Vacation homes are wonderful, event tickets for great shows or sporting events are always a highlight along with wonderful designer handbags! We found unique items such as an old fashion record player or a gorgeous bottle of brandy with cigars really excited folks. Last year the donation of a Napa Valley Air Balloon and Wine tour had everyone excited. Simply use your imagination and think….what would I like to bid on and go for it!

Donating an item is easy, just click here and everything you need to know is at your fingertips! Don’t forget your company’s generosity will be proudly displayed in front of your item for well over 1,000 attendees to appreciate your generosity! Bidding and winning these items and knowing that every dollar goes to creating memories for these deserving children and their families well…is priceless!

Give Kids the World provides “hope” above all else through smiles, laughter and joy! Be a part of something bigger than you!

Looking forward to seeing you all again and meeting many new friends at this great event!

Invitation to the August 10th Festivities

By Diana McCluskey, Chair of WCI GKTW Gala

Dear Friends, Future Friends, and Colleagues,

I am writing to invite you to a very special day! Saturday, August 10th, compassionate and generous people from the Workers’ Compensation World will gather together to volunteer and raise money for Give Kids The World (GKTW). I am certain by now that you have heard something about this wonderful organization and our incredible events to support it. If you haven’t heard of GKTW, I can only ask… “Where have you been?”

The GKTW Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with critical illnesses and their families. The Village and its community partners provide children and their families accommodations in fully-furnished villas, transportation, tickets to theme parks, meals, daily entertainment and much more. Each year 27,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with a critical illness. Half of all children eligible for a wish through a partnering wish-granting organization choose to visit Central Florida and its collection of theme parks and other attractions. GKTW’s goal, quite simply, is to provide everything these deserving families need to make their trip the vacation of a lifetime. Since 1986, more than 167,000 children and families have had their dreams fulfilled in a whimsical Village unlike any other place on earth.

As you weigh your options on how to spend Saturday morning, August 10th, please consider this… Volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. If you make the decision to join Doug Clark and his massive team of volunteers on Saturday, yes, it is entirely possible that you will be doing grueling work at GKTW. Work that you likely hire someone else to do at your own house – like trimming bushes, planting flowers, spreading mulch, and emptying gutters. But you are beautifying the village, and helping a skeleton crew of GKTW employees take care of 84 acres. Since GKTW spends $.93 of every dollar on the wish kids and their families, this means the funds available for overhead and employee salaries are tight. Very tight! This is why they depend so heavily on teams like ours to beautify and maintain the grounds!

Your hard work Saturday morning and afternoon will be rewarded with a fabulously fun and memorable WCI GKTW Gala that night! As always, our goal is to raise as much money for GKTW as possible, but we also want you to have a good time and create opportunities for you to network with clients! We will have a sit down dinner and silent auction. Different from previous years, 2019 will be extra special because the gala will be a Hawaiian Luau. So guys, ditch the ties and don your Hawaiian Shirts and Khaki’s. Ladies, find your favorite sundress or floral print outfit, and throw a hibiscus flower in your hair. We will have great food, entertainment and music at the gala, plus loads of awesome items in our treasure chest and silent auction.

Some of you may have noticed, we raised our prices to attend the gala this year. The food costs for the gala are around $84 per person, thus we had to raise ticket prices. At $75 WCI and our sponsors are still helping to subsidize the event, but the majority of dollars raised will go straight to GKTW. If the cost of a ticket or this increase is a hardship for you, DO NOT let it deter you from attending. Please contact me: mccluskeydiana@gmail.com and I will work with you to make sure you get to our gala. I’ve got lots of little jobs that I could use a little help on – from cleaning up at the end of the night, to helping with the gazillion other things that need to be done leading up to the gala.

To all of you who have attended in the past, sponsored the events, donated to the silent auction, supported the Princess Dress Auction, volunteered to make these activities possible, or have started hosting your own GKTW fundraising events, THANK YOU! As Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”.

I look forward to seeing each of you very soon. The countdown has begun and I hope you will join us on Saturday, August 10th! See you soon!

An Opportunity to Give

By Lisa Anderson, Sponsorship Co-Chair

Please join these companies in sponsoring the Give Kids the World Village. It is simple…pick a level, click here and make your payment. The deadline of May 15, 2019 to receive a 5% discount for sponsorship is quickly approaching. Make sure to get your sponsorship now so your company can not only raise money for the Give Kids the World Village but do so at a reduced cost.

 

Sponsors as of May 6, 2019