AGS Cares Program Donates $18K to Charities
The AGS Cares Program donated nearly $18,000 in 2012 to five charities that work to improve the lives of children, veterans, impoverished people and animals, both here and overseas, according to a news release.
“We have been blessed with significant growth in our business. Aside from personal donations, we are sharing the fruits of our success by donating a portion of our ad sales to support charities across the country that are making a difference in the world,” said Brian Schaeffer, president of Crowley, Texas-based AGS.
The 2012 AGS Cares Program donations included:
- $2,100 for The Doris Day Animal League: Founded in 1987 by Doris Day, the group works to reduce the pain and suffering of animals though legislative initiatives, education and programs to enforce statutes and regulations that have already been enacted to protect animals. The group, which merged with the Humane Society of the United States in 2006, strongly encourages the spaying and neutering of companion animals. www.ddal.org
- $5,070 for KOA Care Camps: A non-profit charity of the KOA Owners Association, KOA Care Camps send kids with cancer to special camps where they can enjoy camping and recreational experiences at no charge to their families. Created in 1984, the program has grown to support 48 KOA Care Camps as of 2011. www.koacarecamps.com
- $2,572.50 for IMAHelps: Headquartered in Rancho Mirage, Calif., IMAHelps organizes annual humanitarian missions to provide critical healthcare services, including cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries, to some of the poorest communities in Latin America and Asia. IMAHelps medical teams include general internal medicine doctors, plastic and maxillofacial surgeons, pediatricians, OB-GYNs, dentists, prosthetics and physical therapists. Last year, a team of more than 90 IMAHelps volunteers provided healthcare services to more than 13,000 patients in Jinotega, Nicaragua. A major medical mission with nearly 100 volunteers is scheduled for Aug. 8 to 18 this year in Huacho, Peru, with smaller missions being dispatched to remote locations in India and Nicaragua. www.imahelps.org.
- $4,125 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. It’s also the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. www.stjude.org
- $4,125 for Wounded Warrior Project: This non-profit organization was set up to provide post 9/11 veterans with a variety of programs to nurture wounded veterans’ minds and bodies, while encouraging their economic empowerment and engagement. Services include a combat stress recovery program, family support retreats, adaptive sports programs and soldier bicycle rides. The group also provides veterans who have lost multiple limbs with secondary rehabilitation for prosthetic care to maximize their mobility and help them regain independence through the organization’s partnership with Hangar Prosthetics and Orthotics. www.woundedwarriorproject.org
Aside from cash contributions the AGS Cares Program provides complimentary ads to these and other charities such as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to further increase the level of support. For 2013, AGS has already sent first quarter checks in support of IMAHelps, KOA Care Camps and St. Jude Children’s Hospital, while adding donations to the following charities:
- Feherty’s Troops First Foundation: This is a Laurel, Md.-based nonprofit organization that works to provide meaningful assistance to our service members who have suffered devastating injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. www.troopsfirstfoundation.org
- Joel Osteen Ministries: Joel Osteen is a native Texan and the Pastor of Lakewood Church, which according to Church Growth Today is America’s largest and fastest growing church. Joel Osteen Ministries provides the basic necessities of food, clothing and medical supplies to hungry children and families in need, while also using television, the Internet, podcasts and other new technologies to reach others with the Good News of the Gospel to inspire people everywhere and help them rediscover their true purpose in life. Joel Osteen Ministries is involved in vaccination programs, abandoned baby centers and centers for young troubled teens looking for a new life and a fresh start. www.joelosteen.com
- Operation Kindness: Founded in 1976, Operation Kindness is the oldest and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas. Its mission is to care for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into responsible homes and to advocate humane values and behavior. Operation Kindness has saved nearly 70,000 animals since its inception. Operation Kindness cares for an average of 200-250 animals on a day-to-day basis, with another 60-80 animals in foster homes. More than 3,000 dogs and cats are assisted by Operation Kindness each year. www.operationkindness.org
Based in Crowley, AGS provides guest guides and website services (through TXAD Internet Services) for more than 800 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the U.S. and Canada. Texas Advertising acquired AGS from Good Sam Enterprises LLC in 2011. For more information