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.
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Children's Christmas Party
Renaissance Financial got into the holiday spirit once again and sponsored UNMC's Children’s Christmas Party. With the donations received from the Renaissance Foundation and the time volunteered by Renaissance Financial, gifts were purchased for the kids and their siblings who have to spend the holiday season in the hospital. The Omaha crew played the part of Santa’s elves and wrapped presents for St. Nick himself to deliver to the children.
To learn more about this organization and their efforts on improving the future of health care in Nebraska and beyond, visit https://www.unmc.edu/index.html.
Shadow Buddies Foundation - United Fantasy Flight
Renaissance Financial was proud to be a sponsor of this year’s United Fantasy Flight with the Shadow Buddies Foundation. For the first time in 18 years, Shadow Buddies, a non-profit organization that provides support to children with severe illnesses and disabilities, was able to take 51 children and their families to the “North Pole.” Led by Tanner Coble, a member of the board of directors for the Shadow Buddies Foundation, the Kansas City office held a toy drive and volunteered to make the day a magical success. Thanks to everyone’s generosity, each child received five gifts to take home.
To learn more about the Shadow Buddies Foundation, visit http://shadowbuddies.org.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital - Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer
St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. To support in the efforts of advancing cures and means of disease prevention in children, Renaissance Financial has proudly joined St. Jude in their mission by raising over $10,000 for the cause and volunteering at the Walk/Run Event on Saturday, September 22nd.
See the many ways you can give to St. Jude’s mission towards ending childhood cancer by clicking the link, https://www.stjude.org/give.html
JDRF – One Walk!
Renaissance Financial is proud to be a local sponsor of the JDRF One Walk® in Omaha. Renaissance’s T1D Avengers joined forces with Sofia Pantano’s Llama Ninjas to create a group of 60 walkers on a mission of creating a world without type 1 diabetes. In doing so, the teams together raised over $18,000 to support life-changing breakthroughs that give hope to everyone impacted by type one diabetes.
Read more about going the extra mile for the cure for T1D at http://bit.ly/aboutjdrfonewalk.
Ronald McDonald House Dinnertime Heroes
Our Phoenix crew teamed with the Ronald McDonald House Charities Phoenix® to host a home-cooked mexican style meal for families returning to the Houses after a tiresome day at the hospital or clinic. Visit Ronald McDonald’s meal calendar for more information or to sign up for an upcoming date at http://bit.ly/takethemameal_meals.
Angels Among Us
On July 9th at Champions Run in Omaha, Renaissance Financial participated as sponsors at the Annual Angels Among Us golf outing fundraiser. They “tee’d” up with the organization that financially assist families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis in Nebraska so that they can focus more of their attention on their children. Over the last 12 years, Angels Among Us has helped nearly 370 families with expenses totaling more than $1.4 million. This event raised $68,000 towards those efforts.
Learn more about how you can help at http://myangelsamongus.org/.
Big Brothers Big Sisters – Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Renaissance Financial joined Big Brothers Big Sisters in their 2018 Bowl for Kids’ Sake Event. Renaissance collected over $10,000 in donations to put towards the ongoing support of children, their families and volunteer mentors. We bowl with our teammates at Big Brother Big Sisters because we believe that “no one, especially children, should ever feel alone.” See how you can make an impact on a child’s life at http://www.bbbs.org/become-a-big/.
The Waldorf School Fundraiser
A group of advisors attended The Waldorf School’s “Unplugged” fundraiser on April 14th where we competed in friendly, interactive team challenges. Renaissance Financial supports the Waldorf School in their initiative of integrating artistic activities and movement throughout the curriculum, providing a balanced and well-rounded education for children in our community.
Connect with your friends and family to “unplug” for an evening of fun and playful competition to support The Waldorf School of St. Louis at http://waldorfstl.org/events/unplugged/.
The Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design Gala
On March 10th the Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design had their annual Makers Ball, where Renaissance celebrated the beauty of craft and the joy of making. As an event sponsor, we enjoyed live artist demonstrations, silent and live auctions, dinner, music, and the “Crafted Confections” after-hours dessert party. We value and support organizations like these that provide an opportunity for individuals in our community to explore and strengthen their creativity and individuality.
Click https://craftalliance.org and give support to this non-profit art center in efforts to enrich and empower the community through craft.
The City Montessori School Gala
Renaissance proudly sponsored The City Montessori School at their annual gala on March 3rd , where they aim to nurture students to be competent, creative, lifelong learners who practice compassion, respect, nonviolence and sustainability. Investing in causes like these we will strengthen families, the neighborhoods we serve and the City of St. Louis as a whole.
Get involved in their mission of providing a high-quality education to a diverse student population and to culivate young people who value and respect themselves, others, the environment, and the community, by clicking on the link: http://citygardenschool.org/get-involved/.
The Katie Scott Inspired Blood Drive
In honor of Renaissance Financial’s, Katie Scott, friends and family came together with the American National Red Cross to donate blood for those in the fight against cancer. As a result, the Renaissance family donated 188 pints of blood saving 564 lives!
Want to learn how you can help? The American Red Cross is in serious need for all blood types. Find a drive and schedule your appointment to donate today! https://rdcrss.org/2qao2eJ
The Polar Plunge - MO
Renaissance Financial did the “unbearable” by participating in the 2018 Polar Plunge in support of the Special Olympics Missouri. Thanks to the volunteering, sponsoring and plunging efforts of the group, nearly $82,000 was raised for the Special Olympics Missouri athletes. These funds are dedicated to provide training opportunities in sports year-round for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Learn how you can make a difference for more than 15,300 athletes statewide at https://somo.org/plunge
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 - 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.