MDRT and the MDRT Foundation Give Back for the Holidays to Support Local Organizations

MDRT and the MDRT Foundation helped support several local organizations this holiday season. MDRT employees donated more than 4,000 items to Maine Township Emergency Food Pantry to help families in need with food and supplies. MDRT also raised USD 2,870 to benefit Avenues to Independence, which helps provide homes, jobs and community living programs to individuals with developmental disabilities. MDRT raised these funds by raffling an assortment of gifts and prizes that were donated by local businesses at the association’s 2011 holiday celebration. The MDRT Foundation matched all funds raised through raffle ticket sales.

MDRT employees help load donated food items for Maine Township Emergency Food Pantry.

Additionally, the MDRT Foundation granted USD 3,750 to both the Park Ridge Teen Center to help maintain a safe and drug-free environment for young adults and the Oracle Theater in Chicago to fund its tour of the Vintage Radio Drama Program for 18 retirement homes. These grants were awarded as part of the Foundation’s corporate citizen grant program, which honors nonprofit organizations making a difference in communities throughout Illinois.

“It is important that MDRT be a good corporate citizen by supporting local efforts to improve the community,” said MDRT Chief Executive Officer Stephen P. Stahr, CAE. “As an association, we encourage our members to give back to their communities, and it is important that we do the same. We also greatly appreciate the donations from local businesses that helped make our holiday raffle a success.”

Maine Township Food Pantry started off small in 1981 and grew to supplying 150 boxes to feed more than 300 individuals every month. Avenues to Independence was founded in 1953 by a group of parents that wanted their children with disabilities to feel a part of the community. The organization offers a variety of programs to enhance individuals’ work, social and daily living skills. The Park Ridge Teen Center operates social and recreational activities for 13- to 19-year-olds. The Oracle Theater was founded in 2001 and brings unique theater experiences into communities so people from every segment of society can be a part of the renewal of American culture.