D S Simon Media continues the tradition of expressing our appreciation to clients, partners, and friends during the holidays by supporting the charities our team personally engages with. Thanks to all of you for helping make 2023 a record year for the company.
The charities our team supports are listed below.
- Doctors Without Borders
- The Trevor Project
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- The Lustgarten Foundation
- The Guide Dog Foundation
- American Heart Association
- Race to Erase MS
- Planned Parenthood Action Fund
- Be Like Brit Foundation
- Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation
- Voices for Awareness
- American Thyroid Association
- The Center for Great Expectations
- City Growers
- Tunnel to Towers Foundation
- The Alzheimer’s Association
- Romania Animal Rescue
- Crossroads Community Services
- Diversity Action Alliance
- Custom Collaborative
DOUG: Happy holidays everyone from D S Simon Media. For those of you unfamiliar with our tradition, we celebrate by supporting the charities that each of our employees are personally involved in. Let’s take a look.
SARA: Happy holidays everyone! This year I’m choosing to support Doctors Without Borders. Their humanitarian efforts around the world mean a lot to me. For 50 years, Doctors Without Borders has been able to immediately mobilize and save lives, sometimes within a matter of hours, in places that are badly impacted by natural disasters, conflicts, and other humanitarian crises.
MARC: Hi everyone, happy holidays! I’m choosing to once again support The Trevor Project this year because of the amazing work they’re doing supporting LGBTQ+ and transgender non-binary youth by helping them find an accepting adult in their lives who can accept them for their sexual orientation or gender identity. Having your sexual orientation and gender identity supported by a parent or caregiver has led to 40% lower odds of suicide rate in LGBTQ+ and transgender non-binary young people. It’s a very important cause that can help save lives.
COLLEEN: Hi! Happy holidays! My charity this year is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and their Be the Match Registry program. Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia. So, that’s why I chose this organization.
ERIC: Happy holidays. The charity I chose this year is the Lustgarten Foundation. They work on advancements in early detection, new drug development, and personalized medicine to help those suffering from pancreatic cancer. I’m supporting them in honor of my friend Hector Feliz, who passed away from the disease five years ago.
ELIZABETH: The charity I chosen to support this year and each year is the Guide Dog Foundation. The Guide Dog Foundation trains and places guide dogs free of charge to provide enhanced mobility and increased independence to those with disabilities. Happy holidays everyone.
MICHAEL: Hey everybody! This year I’m going to be donating to the American Heart Association. Heart disease, unfortunately, runs in my family, so I’d like to do everything I can to support their great work. Happy holidays.
SARAH: Happy holidays! The charity I’m donating to this year is Race to Erase MS. Race to Erase is dedicated to the treatment and the ultimate cure of MS. Funding research is the core focus of the foundation and all funds raised to support their Center Without Walls program, a selected network of the nation’s top MS research centers. In addition to combating MS through research in a clinical environment, they hope to increase awareness by educating the public about this perplex disease.
JAMES: This year, the charity that I’m supporting is the Planned Parenthood Action Fund because abortion rights are under attack more than ever before.
RONNIE: The charity I chose, this year’s is the Be Like Brit Foundation, which was created in honor of my college classmate Brittany Gengel, who I met at Lynn University who died in the Haiti earthquake. The last text message she sent to her parents was that she wanted to create her own orphanage.
JOSH: This year, the charity I’m donating to is the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. The organization’s mission is to end childhood cancer once and for all.
KATELYN: Happy holidays everyone! This year, the charity I chose to support is Voices for Awareness. Voices for Awareness Foundation promotes awareness about counterfeit drugs, illicit fentanyl, and self-harm. Voices is active in fentanyl legislation, prevention, education, reducing stigma, and other areas of fentanyl awareness. They work closely with affected families that have lost a loved one due to fentanyl poisoning, bringing their stories to the public and assisting them on their journey by promoting fentanyl education and bringing this information to the forefront, we can save lives.
MICHAEL FARR: The charity I’m supporting this year is the American Thyroid Association. They do amazing work to help support thyroid health and awareness. Unfortunately, this year my sister was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and through the amazing support, awareness, and help that she got from the American Thyroid Association, she was able to fight the disease and is now a survivor. So, happy holidays everyone, and happy new year.
SUE: This holiday season, I have chosen The Center for Great Expectations, which serves and supports young mothers and their children in a time of need throughout the state of New Jersey and beyond.
DANTE: This year, the charity I’m sponsoring is in New York City-based nonprofit City Growers. The mission is to increase environmental and food literacy, cultivate curiosity, and provide transformative experiences for urban youth. The reason I chose city growers is because of my interest in urban farming and sustainable practices.
LAUREN: The charity that I am supporting this year is Tunnel to Towers. It was founded in honor of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter who lost his life on 9/11. They provide mortgage-free homes for families of fallen first responders and gold star families. Tunnel to Tower’s mission is for Americans to never forget.
LYNSEY: This year I’ll be donating to the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. The disease affects 55 million people worldwide. Although there is no cure yet, The Alzheimer’s Association is conducting countless research, providing helpful guidance and support to people living with the disease and their families. I am proud to support an organization that is leading the way to end Alzheimer’s.
ISABELL: This year, I’m supporting Romania Animal Rescue, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the suffering of stray cats and dogs in Romania. And of course, this is dedicated to my beloved animal babies as well as my motherland. And I’m wishing you all a happy, healthy holiday season.
MIKE: This year and every year my family and I support the Crossroads Community Services. They’re a great organization that support women by helping them with job training, shelter, food, and a way to get back on their feet. They’re a great resource for women all across New York, and this time in particular, they’re a great service that my family and I support. Happy holidays.
DOUG: Among the causes my family’s personally engaged in is VictimsFirst. First, they support those who have been injured or the families of those killed by mass shootings in the United States. They really do an incredible job, very unique organization. We’re also supporting the Diversity Action Alliance, and they’re working to create more diversity within the public relations industry. A third cause is called Custom Collaborative. And what they do is provide training, mentorship and create opportunities for low-income women in this part of New York City to find jobs in the sustainable fashion industry. We all recognize how fortunate we are and just want to wish all of you a terrific 2024.
THE D S SIMON MEDIA TEAM: Happy Holidays!