My first writing assignment for the Holiday of Hope program was the press release for a Halloween themed “kick-off” party at the Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The event was in celebration of one of our awesome gift banks that we had just sent to the hospital, courtesy of the sponsorship of Andy Gottlieb and the Arnold and Joy Gottlieb Family Foundation. Not only did the foundation sponsor the event, but Mr. Gottlieb himself showed up at the event to help hand out toys to the kids! At that point in time, I was surprised by the involvement of a sponsor like that…I thought sponsors only gave money, not their time; I was happily wrong.
Since then, Mr. Gottlieb has continued to sponsor gift banks for hospitals in South Florida and has even branched out to sponsoring our Hero of the Month program out there as well! In fact, I just heard from Anna, our CFO, that Mr. Gottlieb is looking to sponsor our programs in not only hospitals, but also at other facilities and through other programs as well. What a generous and kind man!
Another interesting fact that I was honored to write about was the fact that Mr. Gottlieb was just voted on to the Kids Wish Network Board of Directors. I know for a fact that based on his kindness alone he is a perfect choice for this great position. So, here’s my welcome to Andy Gottlieb! I would also like to thank him for everything he’s done for our kids so far and what he is continuing to do for them.
Thank you and welcome, Mr. Gottlieb! You bring so much joy to these wonderful kids!