Center for Child Counseling
CDL recently became involved with the Center for Child Counseling, a wonderful organization helping children who are entering foster care. The organization was founded in 1999, and its mission is to build the foundation for playful, healthful, and hopeful living for children and families in Palm Beach County by meeting the mental health needs of babies and young children impacted by abuse, violence, and adversity. Their ultimate goal is to make these children feel safe and loved and provide counseling through the transition.
Upon learning more about the Center for Child Counseling, CDL’s Community Service Committee immediately wanted to help out. The committee, comprised of 8 employees of the Firm, organized a Firm-wide effort to collect toys and “comfort kits” to be given to the children. The collection of “comfort kits” is an initiative the organization is trying to get off the ground. The kits include books, stuffed animals, and small blankets to provide a little bit of comfort to babies and young children recovering from the trauma of entering foster care.
CDL’s efforts paid off in leaps and bounds. We were able to donate 49 comfort kits, along with toys for the organization’s play therapy rooms. Sarah Turner, the Director of Community Relations emailed CDL immediately after the comfort kits and toys were dropped off on Thursday, December 15, 2016. “THANK YOU all so much for taking interest in us! We have had such humble beginnings in our organization that having a firm like yours interested in the work we do is truly amazing. We cannot thank you enough for the beautiful comfort kits that SO MANY children will now be able to use and have bring them a little bit of comfort in such a trying time in their young lives. And thank you for the toys as well! Like I told Olivia, we are always in need of toys for the play rooms… toys are the children’s language and tools for expression during therapy. Having new, unbroken toys helps them feel safe and valued.”
Additionally, the CEO of the Center for Child Counseling, sent a very warm email of thanks, “My heartfelt thanks – this means so much for the children and families we serve. Our staff were truly touched seeing the toys and comfort kits that you donated. Please give my warmest regards to Shannon, Aaron, Renaud, and the entire committee and entire team for supporting young children in our community.”
We look forward to continuing to help this noteworthy organization.
2016 Take Steps Walk for Crohn’s & Colitis
On Saturday, November 5, 2016, CDL was once again the Premier Presenting Sponsor for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s (CCFA) Take Steps Walk. This was CDL’s fifth year participating in the walk that took place in West Palm Beach’s CityPlace. We showed up in record breaking numbers totaling 65 CDL staff and family members and raised over $80,000 for the cause!
The Take Steps Walk is a national event with the goal of raising as much money as possible for CCFA to help find cures for these painful and medically incurable illnesses that attack the digestive system.
Earlier this year, CCFA recognized CDL as the Top 2015 Corporate Team. Our goal is to keep the title, and it looks like we have taken a step in the right direction. This year we raised over $10,000 more than our fundraising efforts last year. Over the last 5 years, we have raised upwards of $300,000 for Crohn’s & Colitis.
POST’s Stronger Than Cancer Young Hero 5k
The C. Kenneth & Laura Baxter Foundation was one of the sponsors for POST’s Stronger Than Cancer Young Hero 5k that took place on Saturday, October 1, 2016. This was CDL’s second year participating in this event. The 5k was more than just a race… it was a wonderful, family-friendly event to honor and celebrate the cancer journeys of brave young cancer warriors.
The Pediatric Oncology Support Team (POST) helps local children and their families by offering free, family-centric support to children with cancer and their families living in six counties in Southeast Florida (Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, and Hendry counties). Any child being treated for cancer is eligible to receive services if they reside in any of the covered six counties regardless of what hospital or medical facility they are treated.
American Heart Association’s 2016 Heart Walk
CDL was one of the sponsors of the American Heart Association’s 2016 Heart Walk that took place on Saturday, September 24, 2016. CDL employees and their families walked the streets of Downtown West Palm Beach to support the American Heart Association’s efforts. We have supported the American Heart Association since 2009 and have continually raised a significant amount of money for a cause that helps our own community.
The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke. It is designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun and rewarding environment the entire family could enjoy.
CCFA Recognizes CDL as Top 2015 Corporate Team
Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A. has been nationally recognized by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) as the #1 top 2015 corporate team. CDL was one of 220 companies that joined the Take Steps Walk in 2015. The top 10 teams raised more than $370,000 to fund mission-critical research and patient programs, of which CDL raised over $70,000! Because of the tremendous fundraising effort, CDL was awarded the 2015 Corporate Partner Award.
CCFA is just one of the many charitable organizations CDL supports. Over the past 5 years, CDL has participated in the Take Steps walk and has raised upwards of $220,000!
National Wear Red Day – American Heart Association
On Friday, February 5, 2016, CDL employees participated in National Wear Red Day. The employees who wore red gathered outside our office building for a picture to show our support for the cause.
Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. With the staggering amount of women affected, the American Heart Association started National Wear Red Day in 2003 to bring attention to this fact and to help educate women how to know their cardiovascular risk and take action to live longer, healthier lives. National Wear Red Day falls on the first Friday of each February.