Giving Back

 

Addessi Financial Partners has a great passion for supporting our local community:

 

LiFT Medallion
 September 2020
 

Addessi Financial Partners made our third annual donation benefitting the not-for-profit educational organization LiFT- Learning Independence for Tomorrow. LiFT is a Pinellas County based inclusive environment with two outstanding programs dedicated to providing challenging academics while building character and confidence in neurodivergent students. Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade and beyond, LiFT helps each student reach their academic potential and develop the skills they need for independence. This year's event, LiFT Your Spirits Roaring Derby, was held virtually and featured an entire week of digital derby celebrations including a silent auction, drawings, and music from Colt Clark and the Quarantine Kids. 

For more information about the LiFT Academy, visit www.LiftAcademy.org.

 

Camp Boggy Creek logo
 July 2020
 

The Addessi Financial Team made our fourth annual donation to Camp Boggy Creek. Their mission is to foster a spirit of joy by creating a free, safe, and medically-sound camp environment that enriches the lives of thousands of children with chronic or life-threatening illness. As a year-round retreat, Camp Boggy Creek provides campers and their families activity-packed weekly and weekend camp programs. The camp offers children the chance to catch their first fish, go horseback riding, or climb a ropes tower- all while making new friends. Although they are unable to host their usual camp experience due to the health risks presented by COVID-19, they have extended their services through their Beyond the Gates program. “Beyond the Gates delivers the impact of community, empowerment, engagement and the Boggy Creek spirit to campers and families in a virtual camp program through online and offline fun.” Addessi Financial Partners embraces the Camp Boggy Creek premise that every child, no matter their illness, should be able to experience the transformational spirit and friendships that go hand in hand with camp.

For more information about Camp Boggy Creek, visit www.BoggyCreek.org.

 

Camp Boggy Creek logo
 May 2020
 

In honor of “Giving Tuesday,” the globally celebrated day of giving and unity, Addessi Financial Partners decided to donate to one of the many local charities working toward building a healthier community during this time- Feeding Tampa Bay. You might be surprised to learn that Florida is fourth in the nation for family hunger. Or, that 60% of the population in West Central Florida is eligible for food stamps. Feeding Tampa Bay focuses on providing food for families in need in the 10-county area of West Central Florida.

The #GivingTuesdayNow campaign is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

If you are interested in learning more about Feeding Tampa Bay, please visit their website: FeedingTampaBay.org

Quantum-Leap
March 2020 - Pictured: Holly Spears and Emily Addessi

Emily and Holly attended the 20th Anniversary Stirrup Hope fundraising gala in honor of Quantum Leap Farm. This is the fifth year Addessi Financial Partners has served as sponsors and had the privilege of attending this wonderful event. Quantum Leap hosts over 350 guests from all over the Tampa Bay area to support their mission to “improve the quality of life and cultivate human potential through equine-assisted therapy.” 

Several moving testimonials were shared with those in attendance- including one of a severely injured veteran who fell in love with his occupational therapist who he met while undergoing therapy at Quantum Leap. They now have beautiful twin babies together! This story and others truly resonated with this year’s theme: family. 

Guests arrived in country chic attire and ended the program with dancing to live music from the Electric Moccasins. We hope to continue to be involved with this worthy organization for years to come. 

For more information about Quantum Leap Farm, visit www.QuantumLeapFarm.org.

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October 2019

Addessi Financial Partners made our annual donation to the Fisher House Foundation. The Fisher House Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides homes where Military and Veteran's families can stay at no cost while their loved one is receiving treatment. There are 85 Fisher Houses located on 25 Military installations and 35 VA Medical Centers. Since 1990, more than 368,000 families have been served by this Foundation. Addessi Financial Partners is proud support those who have given so much.

For more information, visit:  www.FisherHouse.org

Camp Boggy Creek logo
 August 2019
 

Addessi Financial Partners made our annual donation to Camp Boggy Creek located in Eustis, Florida. We enjoy supporting this charity as it is a local organization that benefits children with serious illnesses. Camp Boggy Creek provides these children the opportunity to attend camp and allows them to just “be kids”. Donations allow the children to attend camp at no cost to their families. If you are ever traveling in the Eustis Florida area, be sure to stop by and visit this wonderful charity. You will see why Addessi Financial Partners continues to support their Mission “to foster a spirit of joy by creating a free, safe and medically-sound camp environment that enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families”.

For more information, visit: www.BoggyCreek.org

 

Lift for Tomorrow logo
May 2019





 

On May 4, 2019, Michael, Wendy and Christine attended the LiFT Academy and LiFT University Annual Charitable Event.

LiFT (Learning Independence For Tomorrow) is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the advancement in education for children and young adults in our community with neurodiversities (Autism, spectrum disorders, Downs Syndrome, ADHD and various other intellectual and learning disorders). The theme of this years’ event was “Belonging”, the need for everyone to belong to something. Sometimes those afflicted with the neurodiversities do not have a sense of belonging. After listening to one of LiFT’s graduating students give a standing ovation speech in front of 300 attendees, you can sense the positive impact LiFT has on their students. This is the reason Addessi Financial Partners continues to support and sponsor this organization.

For more information about the LiFT Academy, visit www.LiftAcademy.org

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  March 2019 - Pictured above - meet Luther 
  One of the Therapy Horses at Quantum Leap Farm

The Addessi Financial Team attended the Annual Stirrup Hope event benefiting the programs at Quantum Leap Farm.

This year's theme was centered on the word "Home". To the participants of the programs, Home is more than just a word, but a feeling. The participants and their families consider Quantum Leap as their second Home because the Quantum Leap staff creates an environment that promotes growth and personal discovery through equine-assisted therapies.

For more information about Quantum Leap Farm, visit www.QuantumLeapFarm.com

Camp Boggy Creek
August 2018 – Pictured: Camp Boggy Creek’s
general assembly hall.

We made our second annual donation to Camp Boggy Creek benefiting the year round programs serving thousands of campers, ranging in age from 7-16, with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Their families are invited to join in the fun-filled experience defined by compassion, laughter and acceptance. The weeks are designed to have kids with similar conditions grouped together. These themed weeks facilitate an environment for children to feel comfortable sharing their similar experiences, while also providing medical training. Camp Boggy Creek embraces the promise of “yes” for these children and their families. We are happy to support their mission and are thankful to have a small part in making others smile.

For more information about Camp Boggy Creek, visit www.BoggyCreek.org.

Lift only logo
May 2018

We made our second annual donation benefiting the students at the LiFT Academy and LiFT University. LiFT is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the advancement in education for children and young adults in our community with neurodiversities, including Autism, spectrum disorders, Downs Syndrome, ADHD, and various other intellectual and learning delays. They assist each student to reach their potential academically and help them develop the necessary skills for independence within an inclusive setting. Michael and Wendy attended the LiFT Your Spirits at the Preakness charity event on May 19th. They enjoyed a fantastic evening full of excitement raising awareness for the LiFT programs.

For more information about the LiFT Academy, visit www.LiftAcademy.org


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April 2018 – Pictured: Kelly McLean,
Christine McLean, and Emily Addessi

Christine and Emily participated in the 5K Fun Run benefiting the programs at Quantum Leap Farm. The race was organized by a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, who is a participant at the farm. He wanted to do something to give back to the children and adults with special needs and veterans like himself, who receive equine-assisted therapy at Quantum Leap Farm. We always enjoy participating in their events, but this one was especially significant as Kelly and Christine are proud parents of their Marine son, Bryce.

While at the event Christine won two necklaces in a raffle and graciously gifted one to Emily. At first, they didn't realize the significance of the stone until the Marine Corps Veteran shared his incredible story. While stationed in Afghanistan he came across a semi-precious Blue Lapis stone and brought it back to America. He had a local artisan jeweler cut the rock into pieces, polish and set the finished stone in a wire wrapping. Christine and Emily felt honored to receive the jewelry, but also were aware of the bittersweet significance.

For more information about Quantum Leap Farm, visit www.QuantumLeapFarm.org

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March 2018 – Pictured: Emily Addessi,
Wendy Addessi, Dorothea Clarke, and Michael Addessi

For the second year, Addessi Financial Partners made a donation to the Annual Stirrup Hope event benefiting the programs at Quantum Leap Farm. Every time we visit the farm, there is a sense of excitement in the progress, hope in providing a place of understanding, and the passion to have others reach their goals. This was truly evident in hearing the compelling testimonials from those who have greatly benefited from the work of Quantum Leap Farm.

We are thankful to be a part of a very small fraction of what they do in the community and around the country. We will continue to support them in their mission to empower children and adults of all abilities to grow strong, achieve therapeutic goals, and overcome challenges through equine-assisted therapies.

For more information about Quantum Leap Farm, visit www.QuantumLeapFarm.org

Metropolitan Ministries

November 2017

We made a donation to the Metropolitan Ministries to support their mission in caring for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in the Tampa Bay area. They build hope and confidence for a better future of independence.

Metropolitan Ministries provides food and housing assistance, while also being committed to teaching life skills such as job training so that those receiving this help are able to support their families. These services are offered in the surrounding counties of Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough and Polk.

For more information about Metropolitan Ministries, visit www.metromin.org

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September 2017 - Pictured: Sharon Couture (Corporate
Relations Officer, Camp Boggy Creek) and Christine McLean

Sharon Couture, the Foundation & Corporate Relations Officer at Camp Boggy Creek, showed Christine around the beautiful camp, showcasing the many opportunities given to children with medical conditions. We hope our donation will help with their continued efforts in making kids feel like kids even when faced with a serious illness.

ABOUT CAMP BOGGY CREEK:

Since 1996, Camp Boggy Creek has made it possible for children with serious illnesses to enjoy a camp experience in a safe, medically sound environment. Located just a short drive from Orlando, Florida, the 232-acre camp serves children ages 7-16 who've been diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness. Beyond boundless fun, Camp Boggy Creek provides fellowship. Children can spend time with others who are just like them and share their life experiences, which serves as a reminder that they are not alone.

For more information about Camp Boggy Creek, visit www.BoggyCreek.org. 

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March 2017 – Pictured: Debbie Moore, Emily Addessi,
and Wendy Addessi

We made a donation to the annual Stirrup Hope event benefiting the programs of Quantum Leap Farm. As a staff project, Addessi Financial Partners has volunteered at the farm and has sponsored a therapy horse. Through the initial volunteer engagement, it was evident how passionate and caring the staff was in providing people of all ages and abilities to grow strong, achieve therapeutic goals, and overcome challenges through equine-assisted therapies. Their programs serve adults and children with special needs, active, retired or wounded military service members, and children with cancer and their families. We look forward to more participation and promotion of such a wonderful organization.

For more information about Quantum Leap Farm, visit www.QuantumLeapFarm.org

Paula, Michael and Emily
January 2016 – Pictured: Paula Welanc
(Manager at Fisher House),
Michael O. Addessi, and Emily Addessi

We were given the opportunity to meet with Paula, the manager at Fisher House, who graciously toured us around Fisher House and shared heartwarming stories of families. The house is located next to the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa and offers families a truly exceptional place to stay that is close to their loved ones receiving medical care. We know our donation will have a positive impact on the families they serve.    

ABOUT FISHER HOUSE:

A Fisher House is "a home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available. There are 65 Fisher Houses located on 24 military installations and 24 VA medical centers. Many more houses are under construction or in design.

For more information about the Fisher House, visit www.tampa.va.gov/services/Fisher_House.asp

Michael, Edie and Emily
January 2016 – Pictured: Michael O. Addessi, Edie Dopking
(Founder and Executive Director of Quantum Leap Farm),
and Emily Addessi

In January, we revisited the farm to deliver our donation. We met with the founder, Edie Dopking, and were introduced to more of the dedicated staff. Their passion really shows in the incredible work they do.

ABOUT QUANTUM LEAP:

This organization serves children and adults experiencing mental, physical or behavioral disabilities including those resulting from accidents or wounds from war. Participants in the therapy programs range from age 2 to 92 and are diagnosed with a variety of conditions. Participants are referred by word of mouth, physical practitioners, and byother agencies serving handicapped adults, veterans, and children.

For more information about Quantum Leap Farm, visit www.QuantumLeapFarm.org

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December 2015 - Pictured: Addessi Financial Partners Staff, Bryce McLean, and Meg Smith (Volunteer Coordinator at Quantum Leap)

 

As a staff, we thoroughly enjoyed volunteering at Quantum Leap to help decorate the farm for the holiday season. We also learned more about the impact that this wonderful organization has on the community.

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Pictured: Wendy Addessi, Debbie Moore, and Michael O. Addessi decorating at the farm