Friday, October 7, 2011

Giving Back: The Heroes for Children 5K Run

Heroes for Children held their annual 5k run September 24th at the Shops of Legacy. American Receivable’s own Tiffany Eitel was this year’s children’s entertainment chairman for the event. This was Tiffany’s third year as a member of Heroes for Children organization.

"This event is such a positive experience," Tiffany told us. "From the time we start to plan until it is over, we work hard, but enjoy every minute. It is a great way to give back to the community," she said.

Heroes for Children provides financial support and other assistance for families of children battling cancer. The organization was founded in memory of Taylor Anne Brewton and Allison "Allie" Leigh Scott, who both passed away from Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

The 5K run is one of the largest fund raisers for the organization each year. This year's event raised over $54,000. Other events throughout the year include Heroes and Handbags, the golf classic and golf-a-thon and Hold 'Em for Heroes.

The letters of the name of the organization stand for an importnat element of their call to service:
H: helping families affected by childhood cancer
E: engaging the community in our mission
R: responding expediently to requests for assistance
O: operating a fiscally responsible organization
E: enabling families to focus on the most important part of the treatment--the child
S: Serving children treated in Texas hospitals

Thank you Tiffany for taking such an involved and active role with Heroes for Children!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Giving Back: American Receivable Serves Dinner at Dallas’ Ronald McDonald House

It is a simple thing to do: take a few hours to do something for someone in need. That’s what the American Receivable team did recently for the families at Ronald McDonald House.

And all it took was some hot food, a few hours and smiles.

“We had a great time and feel we did some real good,” Anne Capps said. Anne is Vice President of American Receivable, a North Texas financial service company. “There is nothing like helping others.”

Anne came up with the idea of serving dinner at Dallas’ Ronald McDonald House after a similar experience with the Addison Rotary Club. As a member of that group, Anne arranged for food, coordinated with RMDH and made sure everybody showed up. Oh, and she also dished up the main entrĂ©e.

Ronald McDonald House is a nationwide charity that provides housing, food and other support for families with a child ill and in need of extensive medical treatment. Meals, sleeping quarters and other support are provided for little or no cost in the facilities built by charitable donations and supported by an army of volunteers.

“Giving back is really important to our company, Jack Stieber said. “We have enjoyed some success, so we do something for several organizations each quarter to share in that success, he said. Jack is president of American Receivable and a long-time supporter of charitable causes and organizations in Texas.

On this particular night, Jack and Anne not only brought their coworkers, they brought several generations of family and friends to help out. Jack’s mother and daughter and several friends were doling out the chicken spaghetti, salad and cookies to the 15 families who enjoyed the catered dinner. In the background, a team of Dallas Junior Leaguers prepared the next morning’s breakfast.

“Ronald McDonald House is a favorite of mine and I thought it fit well as a ‘mission’ for our team,” Anne related. “When you see those faces, it really makes you feel great.”

For more information about Ronald McDonald House and American Receivable, please visit their respective websites or call American Receivable at 800-297-6652.