While we ooh and ahh at tree lights, cinnamon scented candles and fires all a glow, we sometimes forget about one of the most important aspects of the holiday season – giving back! As we spend time with family and friends, give thanks and exchange gifts, we’ve decided that it is the perfect time to highlight philanthropic efforts of individuals from across our nationwide offices. This month of December, Beacon Pointe launches its inaugural #BeaconGivesBack campaign, each week recognizing these wonderful team members and the organizations, people and community they positively impact. And, hopefully, we encourage and inspire others to step forward and offer their own helping hand.
This week’s #BeaconGivesBack features team members who hold leadership roles within non-profit organizations. Each individual is passionate enough to spend their free time working with these organizations and we want to take a moment to highlight and share the mission of each one.
Our Philadelphia office supported the Live Like Blaine Foundation annual LEAD fundraiser on Saturday, November 11th. LEAD stands for Leadership, Education, Athletics, Dreams. The Live Like Blaine Foundation (LLBF) was co-founded by Jill Steinberg, Managing Director and Partner of Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors, Philadelphia, to honor the memory of her daughter, Blaine, who passed away suddenly in 2014. LLBF’s mission is to empower and inspire young women to become leaders through fitness and athletics. #BeaconGivesBack
Mike Breller, Managing Director of Beacon Pointe’s Institutional Consulting Services Group, serves as the Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair of the Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF). IPSF’s mission is to enrich the educational experience of each child in every school in the Irvine Unified School District by providing programs, raising funds and uniting the community in support of educational excellence. Earlier this fall, IPSF hosted the 8th Annual Spirit of Excellence Gala & Auction; one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year and brings the community together to honor distinguished alumni of the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) and raise funds for Irvine classrooms. Mike was in attendance at the event along with his wife, Peilin Chen Breller. #BeaconGivesBack
Free Wheelchair Mission is a humanitarian, faith-based nonprofit organization that provides wheelchairs at no cost to people with disabilities living in developing nations. This past summer, the Free Wheelchair Mission held its annual Miracle of Mobility Gala featuring a program that highlighted four wheelchair recipients from around the globe who will share how their lives have been transformed through the gift of mobility. Felix Lin, CFA, President of Beacon Pointe’s Institutional Consulting Services Group, who serves as an Ambassador to the Free Wheelchair Mission, was in attendance at the gala along with his wife, Annie Lin. #BeaconGivesBack