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#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!

JE Dunn Charlotte Presents $15,000 Check to Isabella Santos Foundation

On May 16th JE Dunn Charlotte held their 3rd annual Charity Poker Tournament benefiting local nonprofits. We were honored to be a chosen charity and on Tuesday, June 18th, the JE Dunn Charlotte team presented ISF with a check for $15,000 at Levine Children’s Hospital! JE Dunn believes every child deserves a future filled with moments of opportunity, the resources needed to provide a good education, and the resources required to live a healthy, happy lifestyle. Obviously, our passions cross and we are so fortunate they believe in our mission and what we are working to do for kids fighting cancer in the city of Charlotte and beyond.

We met JE Dunn while they were constructing the Isabella Santos Foundation MIBG Therapy Suite. Yup… that $1 Million targeted therapy suite YOUR dollars funded, this group built it! How insanely cool is that? What was even more cool, every time we put on our hard hats to step foot on the construction site they had questions for us. Every team member was curious about the specifics of the room and the background of Isabella’s story. Their office family is one with numerous cancer survivors and/or family members of cancer survivors and it is important to their team to support nonprofits that support cancer research and family services offered to those diagnosed with cancer or terminal illness. This team has heart and passion and we appreciated their curiosity behind this special therapy suite more than they will ever know. Our ISF team put their blood, sweat, and tears into fundraising, you donated your hard earned dollars, and the JE Dunn team spilled their entire hearts into building this MIBG project. Talk about a passion project!

This city is full of the best people and businesses. On Tuesday after the JE Dunn team presented us with the $15,000 check, the Brixx Pizza team arrived for their generous $10,000 donation. We made sure to get a joint photo because right in front of us are two prime examples of the best people and the best businesses. We love our Charlotte community!