Building Stronger Communities
At Renaissance Financial, our commitment expands beyond our team and our clients to the community around us. Through volunteering and philanthropy, we enjoy supporting organizations and charities in their efforts to build strong and vibrant communities both locally and around the world.
JDRF - A Cause That Hits Close to Home
Renaissance Financial’s own Robb Pantano and his wife, Stephanie give their support to daughter, Sophia in the mission to end type 1 diabetes. Renaissance supports and celebrates the work of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the leading global organization founded by parents like Robb and Stephanie, determined to find a cure for children with T1D.
There are many ways to join the JDRF family. Click here to get involved in the movement that will turn Type One into Type None. http://www.jdrf.org/get-involved/
Operation Food Search – Help Heal Hunger
Members of Renaissance Financial rallied together to volunteer at Operation Food Search, a St. Louis-based non-profit organization dedicated to ending hunger in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. In support of the mission to nourish and educate those in need to heal the hurt of hunger, the Renaissance team packed and filled 216 boxes containing around 7,000 food items to be delivered to different food banks and soup kitchens across the city.
See how you can help change lives and heal hunger at https://www.operationfoodsearch.org/can-heal-hunger/
Light the Night Walk
Renaissance Financial joined the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk to raise funds for treatments that serve the lives of patients today. The Renaissance team raised money in support of the mission in generating life-saving research and support for cancer patients and their families.
See how you too can help be a "Light in the Dark" by visiting http://www.lightthenight.org/.
Operation Food Search
Operation Food Search is a St. Louis non-profit organization dedicated to ending hunger in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. In efforts to help ease the burden of hunger for children and families in the community, Renaissance Financial gifted a sponsorship of $5,000 for Operation Food Search's Party for Packs. These sponsorships help provide students in need with a backpack full of food each Friday throughout the year.
Find out more about why hunger is such a vital problem in the community and then find out what you can do to help heal it.
Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Renaissance Financial joined Big Brothers Big Sisters in their 2017 Bowl for Kids’ Sake Event. Renaissance collected over $10,000 in donations to support the life-changing work of the organization carefully matching children with caring adult mentors. Proceeds go towards providing ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor and the child’s family.
The Polar Plunge
Polar Plunge - NE
In support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Nebraska Special Olympics, Renaissance Financial joins in on the Polar Plunge Event. Teams of plungers (many in costume) take the brave challenge of jumping into the lake in the middle of winter after collecting pledges from family and friends. Total raised was $725 with Renaissance raising $600 of those donations.
See more photos and learn more about this fun event at www.sone.org/events/polar-plunge/.
A Special Holiday Party
Renaissance Financial has proudly sponsored the annual Pediatric Holiday Party at The Nebraska Medical Center for twelve years. For 2016, Renaissance raised $3800 for gifts and gingerbread house kits for the children along with games, pizza, soda and cookies for the party. The funds raised also covered over 50 families of the ill children that come from other states and countries to receive medical care.
Read more about the Nebraska Medical Center at www.nebraskamed.com.
St. Louis Biz Dash 5K
Our Renaissance Men and Renaissance Women stepped out to join the St. Louis Biz Dash 5K on September 15th, 2016. The Biz Dash 5K benefits the St. Louis Sports Foundation, a 501©(3) charitable affiliate that focuses on promoting sportsmanship and creating positive environments for kids to play sports.
To learn more about the St. Louis Sports Foundation, visit http://sportsmanship.org.
Back to School Drive
Renaissance Financial has joined with Big Brothers Big Sisters for their Back to School Drive. Donations were collected towards preparing kids with supplies and uniforms for the upcoming school year.
To see how you can help support Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit www.bbbs.org.
Ronald McDonald House
Staff from the Renaissance Financial office in Omaha prepared and served dinner to families at the Ronald McDonald House, which allows them to enjoy a “home cooked” meal rather than eating dinner from vending machines or hospital cafeterias.
To learn more about this organization visit www.rmhcomaha.org.
Women's Center for Advancement
October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Renaissance Financial rallied around a local Omaha organization called the Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA). The WCA provides assistance and support for people who are rebuilding their lives after escaping abusive relationships. Throughout the first half of October, Renaissance employees, spouses and clients gathered lightly used professional clothing for donation to the WCA’s Career Closet. The Career Closet contains clothing for job interviews and everyday work attire and is staffed by volunteers who help assemble outfits and provide styling tips. Renaissance advisors Ryan Miller and Ben Wormington delivered the donations on October 21st.
To learn more about the WCA, please visit their website at www.wcaomaha.org.
Cardinals For Kids
The weather was great and the crowd was excited as Renaissance Financial sponsored the Angels’ Arm Cardinals Wives Grab Bag event. In just a few short hours over $15,000 was raised for Angels’ Arms and the children and families they serve. Angels’ Arms believes that foster children deserve the chance to be children, and to be part of a family and community.
To help these foster children live up to their potential, check out their web site at www.angelsarms.org.
Race to Nowhere
In a Race to Nowhere, our Renaissance Financial team pedaled 160 miles to support the 16th annual fundraiser for the Mid America MS Achievement Center. The event boasts being Kansas City’s First and Only Stationary Bike Race. It is held in an effort to raise awareness and funding for those living with Multiple Sclerosis. The MS Achievement Center focuses on optimizing the quality of life for people with MS and their families.
To learn about their efforts visit their web site at www.msachievement.org.
Spreading Holiday Cheer
The Renaissance Financial team helped spread holiday cheer by donating food and socks to benefit local charities. Pantries were cleaned and shopping excursions were planned as people gathered non-perishable food items and socks for both The Salvation Army and Angels’ Arms. For more information on The Salvation Army’s mission of feeding, clothing, comforting, and caring, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org. Angels’ Arms is dedicated to providing and supporting loving homes for foster children by keeping brothers and sisters together within a nurturing family until a forever home is found.
To find out the many ways to help foster children feel loved and wanted check out their website at www.angelsarms.org.
The Renaissance Foundation was proud to sponsor the Pediatric Party Fund for The Nebraska Medical Center again this past year. Highlights from the party can be seen on this video http://bit.ly/1c580BZ. Each year the center throws a holiday party for the children, and their families, who are hospital-bound. This is often the highlight of the year for many of them, who may be celebrating their last holiday together. Renaissance is happy to help put smiles on their faces by funding this party.
Check out the services that The Nebraska Medical Center provides at www.nebraskamed.com.
Helping The Children of Guatemala
The Renaissance Financial team collaborated with True North Missions in a charity golf tournament to bring free medical and dental care to the underserved children of Guatemala. True North is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 that seeks out the most isolated villages in the coastal areas of Guatemala, and sends volunteer medical and dental staff to provide care for the Mayan Indians. Since its inception, True North has helped over 14,000 patients.
To learn more about how you can help, please visit www.truenorthmissions.com.
Bowl For Fun
he team at Renaissance laces up their bowling shoes and helps support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City. This is a great way to raise some money for an organization that has been pivotal in developing some life changing relationships for kids throughout the community. Since 2001, Renaissance Financial has raised over $57,000, allowing BBBS to match over 45 children with mentors.
Lending a Hand
With the goal of warming hearts during a cold winter in Omaha, the Renaissance Financial team helped support the Ronald McDonald House by cooking a meal for their guests. The Ronald McDonald House Charities help families that need it most. They lend a hand to families from out of town that need lodging while their children receive medical care. We are happy to help support such a tremendous organization and to provide the families at Ronald McDonald House with a home-cooked meal.
To learn more about their efforts visit their website at www.rmhomaha.org.
Making Children Smile
The Renaissance family helped spread holiday cheer to children in need by donating new, unwrapped toys in a Toys for Tots Drive at all three offices. The main objective of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toy for Tots Program is to impact one of the nation’s most valuable resources – children – and to unite members of the local community. The primary goal of the organization is to deliver a message of hope to children so they will grow as patriotic and contributing citizens of society.
Learn how to play a part at www.toysfortots.org.
Walk For the Cure
The Renaissance Financial family was touched this year as one of our own members was diagnosed with breast cancer. The team rallied in all three cities to show their support for her and for millions of other women by fighting for the cure. In Omaha we took the streets by joining the Susan G. Komen Walk for The Cure, in Kansas City we hosted a raffle and in St. Louis we went all out PINK for a day, raising funds for the Right Action for Women organization.
Suits and Backpacks
Renaissance Financial is the proud home of 20 Mizzou graduates. Recently a few of these alumni helped support the Mizzou Business Career Services in one of their community events. By donating new and gently used suits for the BCS Suit Drive they were able to raise funds to support The Food Bank’s Buddy Pack Program. This program provides backpacks filled with kid-friendly, nutritious food that students take home over the weekend or holidays to supplement their meals when there is not enough for them to eat at home.
To read more about this program please visit www.sharefoodbringhope.org.
Dreams Really Do Come True
We donated two Build-A-Bears to some very special little girls to fulfill a “wish” through the Make-A-Wish foundation. They were also able to take the trip of a life-time to Disney and they took their bears from Renaissance along for the ride! Michelle Jaquess and Lindsey Kerber both work with the organization and were able to help us grant this wish!
Visit www.wish.org to learn more about sharing the power of a wish.