2017 Quality of Life Awardees

by MDRT Foundation Team

The Quality of Life grant program honors the volunteerism of MDRT members who give their time to serve charitable programs in their own communities and worldwide. Award consideration includes the duration and depth of the members’ volunteer efforts with a particular charity.

More information about MDRT Foundation’s grant programs.

USD 50,000 Grant Awardee

Robert H. Johnson, ChFC, MSFS
Oak Brook, IL
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
To provide orthotic and prosthetic services to children whose families cannot afford treatment.

USD 25,000 Grant Awardees

Robert L. Belvedere, CFBS, LUTCF
Garden City, NY
Ladles of Hope Inc.
To provide those in need with food and proper clothing of coats, gloves, hats and sweaters in the winter.

Michael D. Findley, CLU, ChFC
Fort Wayne, IN
Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities
To provide opportunities for people of all ages with a variety of disabilities to participate on sports teams, keep fit and enroll in life-skill-building programs.

USD 10,000 Grant Awardees

Jay M. Definis, CLTC
Cleveland, OH
Cornerstone of Hope
To fund a support group series that provides counseling and education for inner-city children, teens and adults grieving the loss of a loved one.

Tim C. Fitzgerald, MSFS, AEP
Shreveport, LA
Shreveport Youth Boxing Club
To provide structure through free coaching, uniforms, tournament registration and participation for kids who struggle at home, school and in the community.

P. M. Peters, CLU, RHU
Solana Beach, CA
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito
To support teens who are at‐risk and economically disadvantaged by providing academic support and encouragement through trained, professional staff and volunteers.

USD 5,000 Grant Awardees

Ralph Antolino Jr., J.D., CLU
Columbus, OH
Carmela Foundation Inc.
To support the Carmela Foundation Curriculum, which will be used as a metric for graduation from the Carmela Foundation.

Jeffrey S. Baron, CLU, ChFC
Boston, MA
Wildflower Camp Foundation, Inc.
To create a short film about the camp’s mission, vision and impact, used to increase fundraising and attract and maintain community partners.

Sherry K. Barton, CLU
Oklahoma City, OK
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
To fund an emergency food assistance program designed for chronically hungry elementary school children who often have little to no food available outside of school-sponsored meals.

Raymond L. Bening
Des Moines, IA
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
To enable youth and families to access and participate in afterschool programs, youth sports, family activities, and health and wellness programs.

Scott C. Curran, CLU, ChFC
Mountain Lakes, NJ
Songs of Love Foundation
To fund the creation and production of up to 200 songs of love for the same number of children in need throughout the world over a one-year period.

Jim L. Harvey
West Des Moines, IA
Special Olympics Iowa
To help activate youth, engage educators and promote school communities of acceptance and inclusion.

W. Richard Hauenstein, CLU
Marietta, GA
North Georgia Community Foundation
Pickens County Youth Enrichment Program
To introduce children during their formative years to life experiences which they otherwise may never witness.

H. Kent Heise, CLU, ChFC
Winnebago, IL
Haven Network
Family Services/Miscarriage Resource Project
To provide emotional, spiritual and practical support for families facing a terminal diagnosis including SIDS or infant death, of their preborn or newborn babies.

John Ingraham
Shallotte, NC
Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc.
To provide ADA-compliant transport for seniors previously denied transportation to/from their local senior center due to the geographic location of their homes.

R.J. Kelly, RICP, MSFS
San Diego, CA
Center for Wealth & Legacy
To help successful business owners and families pass forward their financial success along with their core values and virtues that created their wealth.

David H. Levy, CLU, ChFC
Philadelphia, PA
Golden Slipper Camp
To fund a biking program that builds a child’s self-confidence through empowering them to learn a new skill, be active and be healthy.

Michael J. Mathews, CLU, CFP
Indianapolis, IN
Servants at Work, Inc.
To build five wooden wheelchair ramps in Indiana at an average cost of $1,000 per ramp during 2017.

Thomas R. McCoy, CLTC
Marshalltown, IA
Boy Scouts of America
To help support scouts who are unable to attend scouting events due to cost restrictions.

William E. McMann Jr.
Danville, VA
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area
To provide a comprehensive homework assistance program so members can complete homework and classroom projects with resources and guidance while incorporating a strong tutoring program.

Vincent Mezzetti, CLU
Florida, NY
Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center
To fund the purchase of bitless bridles, saddles and safety stirrups so that additional children and adults will be able to enjoy beneficial therapeutic horseback riding experiences.

Martin F Palumbos, CLU, ChFC
Rochester, NY
Keuka College/Project SAGE
To provide students at risk of not earning a college degree due to academic or socioeconomic circumstances the critical support needed to prepare them to graduate and be competitive in the global marketplace.

James P. Ruth, CFP
Lewes, DE
Operation Second Chance
To prevent homelessness and keep families together with assistance for utilities, rent, mortgage, flights, lodging and daily essential items such as groceries, diapers and formula.

Richard W. Sawyer
Scarborough, ME
South Portland Food Cupboard
To help fund the purchase of a new van that will replace the current van, which is no longer effective or reliable.

Mark C. Seebeck, CFP
Hurst, TX
Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange
To provide emergency assistance of food, clothing, toiletries, furniture, financial support for rent, utilities and transportation, and needs assessments and case plans to guide clients to self-sufficiency.

Gregory Warren Smith, CFP
Louisville, KY
Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky (OAK)
To support the Treehouse of Hope initiative that will include a three-story upscale luxury bath and sleeping accomodations for four for ovarian cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers on a 60-acre nature sanctuary with trails in Louisville, Kentucky.

Clive Taylor
Corona, CA
Unforgettables Foundation
To provide burial and grief support.

Franklin T. Varone, CLU, ChFC
Wilmington, DE
Ministry of Caring Inc.
To purchase a new box van to be utilized by the maintenance and distribution center for the transportation of donated items and furniture to benefit low-income clients.

Brian Vitale
Warrne, NJ
Transplant House of Cleveland, Inc.
To help fund stair lifts that will make Transplant House physically accessible for all patients.

Eugene K. Youngentob, CLU, ChFC
Bethesda, MD
Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
To modify an inaccessible bathroom at one home, allowing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to age in place.