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Keith Mann Boosts The Moral of New York Police Officers

The New York Police Department has recently been plagued by violence and protests. Businessman Keith Mann and spouse Keely provided lunch in January and February to the precinct at 54th Street as a thank you for their services. They felt the officers needed a moral boost in light of all the negative publicity.

Keely’s uncle is a Staten Island detective so the recent attacks on the police force have become personal for the Manns. He prefers not to have any of his family hurt due to people acting out carelessly against officers in any type of situation. Police should be thanked for the job they do instead of being assaulted. Citizens should try to help these officers whenever possible instead of obstructing their efforts. More than 150 New Yorkers have also showed their support for the city’s police department by attending a rally in January in honor of the officers.

Keith Mann began his career in New York as the Managing Director for Dynamic Executive Search in the alternative investment department. In 2002, he began to fill the staffing needs of hedge fund firms with his Alternative Investment Practice program. In 2006, his began offering his services to private equity firms. Even though he was Senior Vice President of the company at the time, he left Dynamic Executive Search in 2009 to co-establish a new company called Dynamic Search Partners. Acting as the CEO, this company offers staffing for investment companies especially those involved in hedge funds. He assists businesses in the United States, Asia and Europe.

Keith Mann and his company support many charitable organizations like Hope and Heroes Foundation for research of childhood cancer and for supplies for classroom projects. He is also involved in programs for Uncommon Schools graduates to find employment after college and the Animal Liberation Front for animal rights.

Help Avi Weisfogel Make the World Smile

Avi Weisfogel has established a Go Fund Me campaign which can be found here for those interested in making donations. The whole idea behind this campaign is to raise money for the cause by the name of Operation Smile. Operation smile is a non-for-profit organization that provides medical services for children with cleft palate or cleft lip who cannot afford or don’t have access to health care. Operation Smile has a team of over thousands of medical volunteers from around the world that span 80 countries who have helped bring these medical services to people on six of the seven continents.

The starter of the Go Fund Me campaign Avi Weisfogel is a dentist which explains his interest in the Operation Smile Charity. In a video describing his fund raising campaign, Weisfogel describes that it was his love for humanity combined with his passion for the field of dentistry that encouraged him to start this campaign to raise money for Operation Smile. Every dollar that is raised by Weisfogel will go straight to Operation Smile.

Dr. Avi Weisfogel studied at Rutgers University where he earned a BA in psychology as well as biology. Then, he went on to earn a DDS in dentistry from the New York University College. In 1999, Weisfogel started his own dental practice by the name of Old Bridge Dental Care. It is here where he began establishing his very successful career and reputation. He worked at this practice for 15 years and won Best Dentist award. It was during this time that he began to be intrigued how dentists can help people who suffer from a variety of sleep disorders.

This passion ended up having Dr. Weisfogel open up another practice of his, but this time it wasn’t just dentistry. Owner Unlimited Sleep Patient was started by Dr. Weisfogel in 2012 with the vision of helping dentists become more educated and qualified to work with sleep patients. Then in 2014, he established Dental Sleep Masters in which himself and other dentists began to put what they had learned into practice as they try to help patients cure their sleep disorders through the use of oral appliances. Dr. Weisfogel continues to run his practice and is based out of New Jersey. Follow Avi on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on his GoFundMe campaign.

Dick DeVos Shows Commitment to Education Through Generous Donations

I was excited to find out that of the $90.0 million dollars devoted to helping our society by Dick DeVos and his family, through their 5 foundations in 2013, about half was directed to support efforts in education. Both public and private K-12 schools, Christian schools, and universities received much needed funding from the DeVos family, and included gifts to educational service organizations. I was impressed that most of the family’s donations fell into 4 general categories: education, health and community, church and faith-based organizations, and the arts. None of these donations at all involved political contributions. The majority of the donations, which numbered nearly 600, went to organizations in the Grand Rapids area and several other areas of their home state of Michigan. As a percentage, a full 48% was spent on education.

There are those who say they have done it all. And then there are those who actually have. I believe DeVos can say it honestly and also add that his faith, his family support, and his activated intelligence have made him into a philanthropic success story.

I am incredibly grateful to my parents for initiating and encouraging by example the tradition of philanthropy within our family. We are happy to be a part of this great community!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Monday, January 4, 2016

Whether it was with basketball’s Orlando Magic, at Amway, or The Windquest Group where he now serves as President, Dick has proved to be an icon of strength and integrity. His career has been long and impressive with big titles at companies with familiar names, but he hasn’t let all that get to his head.

Fortunately, DeVos has proved to not be a stingy miser keeping his light under a basket. He seems to personify the concept that, ‘with great reward, comes great responsibility,’ with his activism in education, especially. The Education Freedom Fund has awarded to 4,000+ children in need, full scholarships to the West Michigan Aviation Academy. Dick DeVos founded this wonderful education organization that challenges students with a rigorous full education with a focus on aviation.