On Tuesday, November 29th, 2016, the Austin office of commercial real estate firm, Cushman & Wakefield, challenged the community to help raise $25,000 in one day for HeartGift. The company committed to matching dollar-for-dollar the first $7,000 donated. Thanks in large part to another large matching donor, Ray Wilkerson, who donated $5,000, the total raised in one day was more than $34,000!
HeartGift provides lifesaving heart surgery to children from around the world where specialized medical treatment is either scarce or nonexistent. This year, the organization celebrates saving the lives of 300 children who were born with life-threatening heart defects. Their goal for #GivingTuesday was to raise enough funds to help one more.
“Each surgery cost us at least $25,000 which allows us to leverage nearly $200,000 in donated medical and surgical costs,” said Christy Casey-Moore, HeartGift CEO. “Thanks to Cushman & Wakefield, Ray Wilkerson and our online donors, we can provide a healthy future for another child in need.”
#GivingTuesday is a movement, built by people around the world, to celebrate giving of all kinds. It’s celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S). In 2015, nonprofits raised more than $117 million online on #GivingTuesday to help make the world a better place in countless ways.
On hand to donate the first $7,000 of the campaign was Holliday Hinckley, Director, Cushman & Wakefield. In conjunction with the actual check, she presented a “heart check” as a reminder of the life-saving mission the funds will help advance. “Cushman & Wakefield Austin couldn’t be happier to make the first donation on Giving Tuesday to this extraordinary non-profit helping children in need no matter where they live,” Hinckley said. “It’s all part of our directive to be more than just a commercial real estate firm, but also an active participant in the community we call home,” she continued.
In 2000, Ray Wilkerson and local cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. John “Chip” Oswalt created HeartGift in Austin, TX. The two had a focused mission and gathered like-minded medical and business professionals in Austin to create this organization.
With one in every 100 children born with a congenital heart defect each year, HeartGift must continue its work to save lives. The community can donate online though December, 31, 2016.
One out of every 100 children throughout the world is born with a congenital heart defect. For many children, pediatric cardiac care is either scarce or nonexistent in their home country. Families around the world search for lifesaving heart surgery for the over 100,000 children in need of what HeartGift provides. Since its founding in 2000, HeartGift has provided lifesaving surgery for more than 300 children from 34 countries. For more information, visit: www.heartgift.org or follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HeartGift/.