For fourteen years the Danberry Company has been funding the Caring Friends of Toledo Children’s Hospital’s Treasure Chest. The Treasure Chest is an emergency assistance fund that comes into action when all other resources have been explored or exhausted. This fund is available only through a hospital social worker to eligible children with chronic or debilitating diseases and to their families.
The Danberry Treasure Chest started when the Danberry Realtors decided to have a “Community Day of Caring and Dinner Auction” for charity. The event was supposed to select a charity each year to be the recipient of the proceeds.
The charity chosen was the Caring Friends (CF) Cystic Fibrosis group. After such a successful partnership between the Danberry group and the Board of Caring Friends, the Board voted to name their existing but modest emergency fund the “Danberry Treasure Chest.” The influx of money from Danberry allowed the CF group to expand their coverage of children’s emergency health needs in their service area.
Danberry saw the personal commitment of the CF group and the care and stewardship they applied to the fund. A tremendous relationship began and continues today with Danberry “giving back” to the community over a quarter of a million dollars in the past 14 years!
Dick Baker, President of Danberry, has been an integral part of the event since its inception. “We’ve always urged our people to become involved in the community,” Baker said. “There are so many worthy charities and causes, but we found that we all have a soft spot in our hearts for children with serious illnesses. When we witnessed the great work being done at Toledo Children’s Hospital and their Foundation, it was a natural for us to focus our energies on helping those families during most difficult times.”
And the legacy and fun continues. Each individual Danberry Real Estate office raises additional funds throughout the year with various activities like a miniature golf contests, bowl-a-thons, Halloween carnivals and parking lot parties.
This year’s Charity Auction is being held the evening of Thursday, October 9, 2008; it is open to the public. And there is the added excitement of the auction being one of the very first events held at the brand new Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons in Perrysburg.
For more information on attending or to donate an auction item, go to www.danberrycharities.com or contact Mary Jo Archer, Charity Auction Coordinator for the Danberry Company, at: 419-531-4372.
Editor’s Note: Stan Rinda is a Toledo Children’s Hospital Foundation Board Member and a Founding Member of the Caring Friends Council. To contact Stan Rinda, call 419-346-2236 or email at: [email protected]