#FeelGoodFriday – JE Dunn Gives Back in Charlotte Amid COVID-19

Our city is full of the best people and best businesses.  Every day we learn of something spectacular that our volunteers, supporters, sponsors and partners are doing during this crazy time and it brightens our hearts and gives us hope.  We plan to spotlight these stories through #FeelGoodFriday. Every Friday, we will spotlight something spectacular around us. We hope it will brighten your day too! 

Devon, 15 years old

Today’s #FeelGoodFriday shout out is to the local Charlotte JE Dunn Construction team who helped Leo’s Pride Foundation donate a van to a family in need.

Every year local contractors in the Charlotte area participate in a ping pong tournament.  Our Sustaining Sponsor, JE Dunn, won last year’s tournament and with that winning accolade came the chance to choose their non profit of choice to be the benefactor of the 2020 tournament.  JE Dunn chose Leo’s Pride Foundation, who helps families that have children with rare genetic disorders.

The JE Dunn team had planned on using the funds raised through the ping pong tournament to help a Leo’s Pride family get a van for 15-year-old Devon to get around easier. Devon has a rare disorder that binds him to a wheelchair and his mom has to carry him in and out of their vehicle regularly, making everyday activities and movement challenging.  As with most activities, the ping pong tournament has been postponed due to COVID-19, but the JE Dunn team recognized Devon’s needs still exist, even though most everything else stopped. How did they step up to the challenge? … they made the van donation happen last week anyway!

Devon, his family & their new van

Now that Devon and his family have this new van, they will be able to do all of the activities they love with more ease.

We have felt a connection to JE Dunn since they built the ISF MIBG room at Levine Children’s.  We got to know their team through the design/build process and were touched by their desire to know about Isabella and other kids fighting cancer.  JE Dunn believes every child deserves a future filled with moments of opportunity. They believe they should be provided a good education and any resources they need to live a healthy and happy lifestyle.  We are fortunate our teams crossed paths and they believe in our mission as well! Last year, JE Dunn donated $15,000 to ISF as part of their Annual Poker Tournament. And this year, we are so proud they are a Sustaining Sponsor supporting ISF all year long! This team has heart and passion and we love how they continue to raise others up in our community.

Thank you JE Dunn team for doing spectacular things in our Charlotte community!

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