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Supporting the Children’s Miracle Network

June 9, 2010

We’re proud of our involvement with the Children’s Miracle Network and know that the services they provide change the lives of countless families in our community. Recently, First Source AVP of Marketing and Communications Kristy Nole and her husband Jason had a first hand experience with the services that the Children’s Miracle Network provides. They have shared their story in this video. As well their daughter Alannah is featured as a 2010 Miracle Child.

First Source has been a supporter of the Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare Foundation and specifically Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) for over a decade. This year, as we’ve done in previous years as well, First Source contributed $7,500 to the Foundation as a sponsor of the CMN telethon, Golf Tournament on June 21st and the Miracle Home Makeover. We had volunteers manning the phone booths at the telethon and sell CMN balloons in our branches to raise even more funds. We’re proud of the services they provide and do our best to show our support year round.

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What a Ride: A Recap

June 3, 2010

First Source was proud to be the Corporate Luminary Sponsor of The Ride For Missing Children-CNY 2010. In addition to our Corporate sponsorship, First Source employees raised even more on their own. All together First Source has contributed just under $23,000 to this years Ride.

In addition to our Rider participation our organization also has taken on the following responsibilities in volunteering for THe Ride and for the NAtional Center For Missing & Exploited Children:

  • 6 First Source employees trained to use NCMEC Child ID Kits
  • Volunteered at the Whims N Doodle Safety Event – Helping with Child ID Kits
  • Held our First Source Safety Day event – child ID Kits
  • Will be volunteering at the 2010 Boilermaker Kids Walk
  • Provided 13 Bike loans at 0% interest for Riders to get new bikes
  • Two First Source Riders went to the Troop D Barracks at 4:00 a.m. to help unload bikes the day of The Ride

A big Thank You goes out to all of our Staff and all of the Volunteers and Riders who made The Ride for Missing Children a resounding success. We’re proud of you and the impact you have in bringing missing children home.

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What a Ride: Tom Neumann, EVP, COO reflects on The Ride For Missing Children

June 1, 2010

Describe Your ride experience in one word:
INSPIRATION – The pre-ride meetings included inspiring stories about how families and children dealt with both positive and negative outcomes of missing or exploited children – encouraging me to learn more of how to help or deal with these situations as we emotionally prepared for the ride. The practice rides inspired me to keep training and help other riders as the RFMC training team was ALWAYS there for us – helping us physically prepare for the ride.

What did you take away from Friday’s ride?
I took away a much greater understanding and awareness of the tremendous commitment of all the volunteers, riders, affected families and children to “make our children safer”. It truly was much more than just a bicycle ride.

What missing child did you ride for and do you know their story?
I did not know a specific story. I took the opportunity to meet with one of the affected and recovered children (now an adult) at the closing ceremony – and to thank her for riding and sharing her story with us.

What was your favorite part of the day?
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the day – my favorite part was riding through all the schools, spending time with the kids, and seeing the impact of the efforts to connect with and educate the elementary school children – every time we connect with them, they learn something more about the mission of making them safer.

Do you plan on riding next year and would you recommend the ride to others?
I definitely plan on riding next year and would recommend the experience to others willing to make the commitment to fully participate in all the pre-ride sessions and training – if you fully participate, you will learn so much about the NCMEC mission – and have great experiences with affected families, children, volunteers and riders that will have a lasting positive impact on your life.

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What a Ride: Karen Grygiel reflects on The Ride For Missing Children

June 1, 2010

Describe Your Ride experience in one word:
Awesome!

What did you take away from Friday’s ride?
The impact that we have on the children at all of the schools, the parents of the missing children and the community…the response was just phenomenal. I pray this growing awareness will help save children’s lives in the future!

What missing child did you ride for and do you know their story?
Vinyette Teague – She was abducted when she was only 18 months old on June 25, 1983. She was last seen playing in the hallway outside of her parents apartment in Chicago Illinois. Every year her family marks the occasion at the Washington Park by releasing red and white balloons (her favorite colors) into the sky. Vinyette’s mother still dreads Thanksgiving as that is the week of Vinyette’s birthday.

What was your favorite part of the day?
There were 63 parents of missing children riding along the route with us and I got to meet Vinyette’s mother, Kathy (the little girl I was riding for). I was fortunate enough to bump into her on a rest stop and got to talk to her for a brief moment. She saw my pin and started tearing up. I gave her a big hug and thanked her for being there!

Do you plan on riding next year and would you recommend the ride to others?
I would most definitely do it again and again! I would encourage anyone that wants to do it…to DO IT! We will all be happy to give advise and encouragement.

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