Invest in Others awards four advisers grants to bolster their causes

 

Charities focus on child protection, nutrition, education and genetic disorder NF

The Invest in Others Charitable Foundation has recognized the efforts of four financial advisers, awarding them each with $5,000 to go toward their charitable endeavors.

Invest in Others, which initially was established by top brass at LPL Financial LLC, recognizes the philanthropic work financial advisers perform for their communities.

The group also partners with InvestmentNews for its annual Community Leadership Awards, which honors advisers who are making a difference in their communities.

Last September, Invest in Others kicked off its Catalyst Grant Program, which encourages advisers to apply for the opportunity to win up to $5,000 for a charity in which they actively participate. Winners were chosen based on how they would use the funds to advance their charity’s goals and outreach.

The following advisers and their charities have been chosen for the award this year:

Matthew J. Barbis, an adviser with Creative Wealth Management LLC in Islandia, N.Y., and founder of The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation.

The group aims to reduce the number of child kidnappings by educating children on the dangers of abduction and basic techniques to defend themselves.

Mr. Barbis applied to the Catalyst Grant Program for funding to cover a national safety educational DVD launch, commemorating Aug. 22 as the National Rose Brucia Stranger Safety Day.

Carl Bailey, president of Bailey & Beatty Financial Services LLC in Danbury, Conn., and president of the Danbury Grassroots Tennis & Enrichment Program.

This program partners with the Danbury School System and others in the community to bring tennis, nutritional education and tutoring services to low-income children in the area.

When applying for the Catalyst Grant Program, Mr. Bailey asked for funds to launch a matching-gift program of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program vouchers — food stamps — at the local farmers’ market to encourage summer participants to eat healthily.

“Our program has three legs: education, exercise and nutrition, and tennis,” said Mr. Bailey. He kicked off a program to match participating families’ food stamps to help them purchase fresh fruit and vegetables at the local farmers’ market. The $5,000 from the Catalyst Grant Program will help subsidize the effort.

“Once kids are obese at 9 or 10 years old, it’s a lifelong battle: You’re struggling forever. This is a critical component of our program,” he added.

Alan Yonack, an adviser with Morgan Stanley and a member of the board at Vogel Alcove in Dallas.

This charity provides early-childhood education to local homeless children, as well as free child care and case management services for homeless families.

Mr. Yonack plans to use the grant money toward a new family enrichment program called Family Matters, which will provide weekend entertainment for homeless families.

Diane Bark, owner of DNB Financial Services Inc. of Baltimore and president of the board of directors at Neurofibromatosis Mid-Atlantic.

This charitable group provides information and support to individuals with neurofibromatosis and their families. Known as NF, the condition is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on the nerves. There is no cure for NF.

Ms. Bark applied to the Catalyst Grant Program to seek funding to kick off a social-media outreach program that will enable one of her volunteers to speak with others who suffer from NF.

Darla Mercado covers life insurance, annuities and retirement products for InvestmentNews, and she’s looking for advisers’ informed opinions, plus chatter on products and other industry developments.
About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation
Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Rose Brucia – Record Numbers Thanks To Donald Trump!

By Matthew Barbis

Well, after one week, I am happy to report that Donald Trump’s public service ad has pumped up views, visits and downloads at http://www.rosebrucia.org. Between Facebook postings, Youtube viewings, Twitter visits and our own website viewings, The Donald Trump “I Practice Stranger Safety” video has been viewed almost 10,000 times!!! We have experienced a record 405 downloads in 20 countries! An incredible week for stranger safety awareness. Thank you very much Mr. Trump!

Please continue to share our Donald Trump PSA, which is available on our website and Facebook page.   The more people that we reach, the more children that can watch our free program to learn how they can stay safe from strangers.

The Rose Brucia Stranger Safety Awareness Program is a free educational curriculum designed to provide vital, proactive stranger safety awareness techniques to elementary-aged children. The program includes single-concept video shorts in conjunction with suggested lesson plans, written by teachers, for teachers, to actively involve children in their own safety as it relates to strangers.

About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation

Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Rose Brucia – Record Numbers in One Week Thanks To Donald Trump

By Matthew Barbis

Well, after one week, I am happy to report that Donald Trump’s public service ad has pumped up views, visits and downloads at http://www.rosebrucia.org. Between Facebook postings, Youtube viewings, Twitter visits and our own website viewings, The Donald Trump “I Practice Stranger Safety” video has been viewed almost 10,000 times!!! We have experienced a record 405 downloads in 20 countries! An incredible week for stranger safety awareness. Thank you very much Mr. Trump!

Please continue to share our Donald Trump PSA, which is available on our website and Facebook page.   The more people that we reach, the more children that can watch our free program to learn how they can stay safe from strangers.

The Rose Brucia Stranger Safety Awareness Program is a free educational curriculum designed to provide vital, proactive stranger safety awareness techniques to elementary-aged children. The program includes single-concept video shorts in conjunction with suggested lesson plans, written by teachers, for teachers, to actively involve children in their own safety as it relates to strangers.

About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation

Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Donald Trump- “I Practice Stranger Safety” Do You?


Donald Trump, billionaire, real estate mogul and Producer of the hit tv franchise, “The Apprentice” officially kicked off The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s national “I practice stranger safety” campaign with the release of his PSA. Starting on May 25, the 45 second PSA will air on stations across the United States.

“Stranger abduction is one of the fastest growing crimes in our nation. We need to proactively teach our children what to do if such a situation arises,” explained Mr. Trump. “The Rose Brucia Stranger Safety Awareness Program is a terrific educational tool that parents and teachers can use to teach children the do’s and don’ts of stranger.”

Please join Mr. Trump and make your pledge to practice stranger safety by going to the curriculum page and downloading the stranger safety techniques to help empower and protect children around the world.

Rose Brucia Experiencing Record Downloads Thanks To Donald Trump!

By Matthew Barbis, Founder & Chairman

The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation has been experiencing record downloads since the announcement yesterday that Mr. Donald Trump would be delivering a public service announcement.  The “I Practice Stranger Safety” PSA made its debut on national television this afternoon.  Since then, the free Rose Brucia Stranger Safety Program has been downloaded more than 240 times in 5 countries!  Thank you Mr. Trump!

Please watch Mr. Trump’s PSA below and post, re-post, tweet, re-tweet, etc until every one of your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and all your email contacts have had a chance to see it.  Thank you for helping to spread the word – you are helping get a very important message out that could one day save a child’s life.

The Rose Brucia Stranger Safety Awareness Program is a free educational curriculum designed to provide vital, proactive stranger safety awareness techniques to elementary-aged children. The program includes single-concept video shorts in conjunction with suggested lesson plans, written by teachers, for teachers, to actively involve children in their own safety as it relates to strangers.

About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation

Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Donald Trump PSA: “I Practice Stranger Safety”


The Rose Brucia Stranger Safety Awareness Program is a free educational curriculum designed to provide vital, proactive stranger safety awareness techniques to elementary-aged children. The program includes single-concept video shorts in conjunction with suggested lesson plans, written by teachers, for teachers, to actively involve children in their own safety as it relates to strangers.

About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation

Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Donald Trump PSA: “I Practice Stranger Safety”

The Rose Brucia Stranger Safety Awareness Program is a free educational curriculum designed to provide vital, proactive stranger safety awareness techniques to elementary-aged children. The program includes single-concept video shorts in conjunction with suggested lesson plans, written by teachers, for teachers, to actively involve children in their own safety as it relates to strangers.

About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation

Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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