As a member of the Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR), Executive Vice President Tim Parent recently volunteered to co-chair a committee dedicated to raise funds for a new “Welcome Home” program that was created in conjunction with the ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation. Together, ASK and HBAR aim to ensure that children undergoing cancer and bone marrow treatments have a healthy, safe and accessible home to heal in.
ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation was founded in 1975 by a small group of parents of pediatric cancer patients at MCV Hospital in Richmond. The parents joined together to provide mutual support, search for answers and deal with the devastating diagnoses their children were receiving. Together, the parents started with small steps, such as providing books, toys and games for children to help them alleviate the anxiety and pain of treatment, as well as holding small parent gatherings in the hospital waiting rooms to help reduce their own stress. As the founding members of ASK, their mission was simple and it remains unchanged today – to provide financial, spiritual, social and emotional support directly to more than 1,000 children who are fighting cancer and their families.
HBAR will provide a variety of ways for its members to give back throughout the coming year. The first event, a silent auction held at the annual President’s Dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2104, is already in the books. Attendees had the opportunity to bid on a variety of auction items, and 100 percent of the proceeds went directly to ASK. Items up for bid included a week’s vacation in Duck, North Carolina, a custom closet from the Closet Factory, a landscaping package, restaurant gift cards, a wine basket, a goose hunting trip for four, rounds of golf and much more. Altogether, the event raised more than $8,000 for ASK.
For more information about how you can help fund the “Welcome Home” program, contact Tim Parent at email@example.com.