Provided by Azalea Charities
Azalea Charities held its Annual Meeting earlier this spring, setting the stage for the coming year. Highlighting the meeting was the announcement of four new Board members. Joining the Board of Azalea Charities are Karl Loehle, Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch; Lynn Kerr; Chase Primas-Hailey, Chase Communications; and Crystal Zinn. Frank Lasch, Azalea Charities founder and Chairman of the Board, set an ambitious fundraising goal of $5 million for 2017-2018. This reflects the increasing needs of our local community and Aid for Wounded Warriors, which comprise the dual mission focus of Azalea Charities.
The new Board members will help Azalea Charities launch a Corporate & Community Giving Plan by leveraging their community contacts and skills in social media. According to Lasch, “We want to reach our community with a message of how they can join Azalea Charities to really make a difference for local charities and wounded heroes. We plan to offer details on how the money will be spent so people know just where their money is going.”
Community support will devote $3 million to Northern Virginia charities from Arlington to Fredericksburg, including homeless shelters, food pantries, Special Olympics / special needs, Boys and Girls Clubs, cancer outreach for families, outreach to seniors, and miscellaneous needs. The $2 million budget for Aid for Wounded Warriors encompasses VA Medical Centers, military installations serving wounded warriors and their families, Fisher Houses, service dogs, therapeutic riding center programs, athletic opportunities for wounded, support for Special Ops, Quality of Life Foundation and homeless Veteran programs.
Azalea Charities is an all-volunteer organization that focuses on a dual mission to support community charities and Aid for Wounded Warriors. Azalea Charities raises funds through community and corporate donations and events such as sponsoring Team Azalea Charities in the Marine Corps Marathon and the annual Azalea Classic Pro-Am Invitational. Beyond minimal expenses, all funds raised go to core charitable causes. Azalea Charities is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization located in Prince William County. For more information, see azaleacharities.org.