Mission 500 successfully adjusts to 2020; looks forward to 2021

Jan. 26, 2021
Laurie Gift Harris named organization's new Executive Director
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Miami, FL (January 21, 2021) -- Mission 500, the non-profit charitable organization dedicated to serving children and communities in need across the U.S, made amazing strides despite a challenging 2020, assisting thousands of underprivileged children in communities. By shifting its emphasis from physical to virtual fund-raising activities, Mission 500 actively engaged the professional security community with numerous events to continue its charitable efforts and impact.

"2020 was a year unlike any in our collective history, and we quickly realized that we needed to promptly change our fund-raising strategies to accommodate the pandemic," said Ken Gould, Chairman for Mission 500. "Fortunately, we have built an incredible family of supporters across the professional security industry who realized that those already in need were suffering even more as a result of the pandemic -- and they responded."

Highlighted Mission 500 activities over the course of 2020 included:

  • ADI Sales Kick Offs: With a goal to raise $15,000, Mission 500 co-hosted a silent auction with ADI Global at their Annual Sales Kick Off and raised an incredible $45,000 thanks to the generosity of the silent auction participants, corporate donations from ADI, and ADI's supplier partners.
  • NJELSA Symposium: Despite the national emergency of COVID-19, Mission 500 completed 400 backpacks filled with school supplies for children attending Pennsylvania Avenue School located in Atlantic City.
  • Golf Outing Benefitting New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation Children's Camp: With strong safeguards in place during the pandemic, the Mission 500 golf outing in New Jersey gave participants a chance to get on the course and stretch their legs. A strong showing of support raised an astonishing $75,000 at this event.
  • Feeding America: Industry supporters joined forces with Mission 500 to raise $30,000 for Feeding America through a series of on-line challenges.
  • 500 Club: Over 25 security professionals raised over $10,000 by showing off their unique talents during an on-line talent show and fundraiser.  
  • Backpack Event at Crosspointe Elementary School:  Rather than meeting in-person to assemble student backpacks and distributing them directly to the students at Crosspointe Elementary School, the school supplies, bags, and positive mental health items were shipped to the school where the school's faculty distributed them to children in need.
  • Virtual Security 5K/2K Run/Walk at ISC West: We teamed up with ISC West during their on-line show in the Fall to stage a virtual 5K/2K Run/Walk. The response proved to be an overwhelming success generating more than $75K in donations which will be used to provide needed relief to children and families across the country.
  • Motorcycle Ride: A dedicated group of bikers in the NJ area got together for a charity ride and raised $3,500. 
  • Cooking on a Mission: Our online recipe contest raised $2,500! Budding chefs  can still submit a recipe by January 31st,  and cookbooks with all submitted recipes will be available. For details, visit https://www.mission500.org/cooking/recipe-submission/
  • Corporate Sponsored Team Building Events: Various team events sponsored by various companies and organizations across the country produced over 2,200 Mission 500 Care Packs over the course of 2020.
  • Amazon Smile: We now have 83 people actively using Amazon Smile for Mission 500 and have received over $1,500 in donations to date. Please register Mission 500 at smile.amazon.com as your charity of choice and a donation will be made with every purchase you make. It's a free and easy way to help support children and families in need.
  • Mission 500 Corporate Sponsorship Program: We continue to receive amazing support from the industry. For details visit https://www.mission500.org/sponsors/

"Koffee for Kids" is the first virtual fundraiser scheduled to kick off 2021. Keep your eyes on your inbox as more details are to follow in the next few weeks!

Also, Mission 500 would like to give a warm welcome to our new Executive Director, Laurie Gift Harris. Laurie has over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit world and is dedicated to helping our most vulnerable children. Please help us welcome Laurie to our Mission 500 family!

For more information on Mission 500 or on how to become involved in supporting Mission 500, contact Kathryn Robinson at krobinson@mission500.org

About Mission 500

Mission 500 is a nonprofit organization that works closely with the security industry to serve the needs of children and communities in crisis here in the U.S. Mission 500 exists to advocate for children living in severe poverty, inspire and act as a catalyst in the security industry for excellence in corporate social responsibility, and mobilize volunteers and resource to make a tangible difference for children and families living in poverty in the U.S. Since inception of their 501c3 status in 2016, the industry has helped produce 340,000 meals, assemble care packs filled with essential hygiene items for 3,700 families, and distribute more than 11,500 book bags filled with school supplies to students attending Title One schools. www.Mission500.org