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AGS Cares Donates Over $5,000 to Six Charities

August 1, 2013 by · Comments Off on AGS Cares Donates Over $5,000 to Six Charities 

The AGS Cares Program made second quarter donations of $5,090 to six charities that work to improve the lives of children, veterans, impoverished people and animals, both here and overseas, according to a news release.

“These charities continually work to make a difference in the world and we are pleased to support their efforts with a portion of our revenues,” said AGS President Brian Schaeffer, adding that checks totaling $5,090 were sent to six charities during the month of June.

The AGS Cares Program donations included:

  • 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.
  • 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, prosthetists and physical therapists. During the past three years, IMAHelps volunteers have provided free surgeries and other healthcare services to nearly 30,000 indigent patients in Nicaragua. The organization’s next medical humanitarian mission is set for Aug. 8 to 18 in Huacho, Peru.
  • 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.
  • KOA Care Camps: A non-profit charity of the KOA Owners Association, KOA Care Camps sends 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 52 KOA Care Camps across the country.
  • 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.
  • 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.

AGS plans to make subsequent donations to the charities listed above on a quarterly basis. AGS launched its charitable giving program in late February 2012, providing cash and in-kind advertising in excess of $60,000. Based in Crowley, Texas, AGS provides guest guides (site maps) and website 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 about AGS, visit its website at www.agspub.com.

 

AGS Cares Program Donates $18K to Charities

February 26, 2013 by · Comments Off on 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

 

AGS Donates $9,000 to Five Worthy Charities

November 21, 2012 by · Comments Off on AGS Donates $9,000 to Five Worthy Charities 

The AGS Cares Program has stepped up its support for various charities across the country in recent months, donating $9,050 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 announced earlier this year that we are donating a portion of our ad sales to support several charities that are making a positive difference in the world, and we are following through with our pledge,” said AGS President Brian Schaeffer, adding that checks totaling $9,050 were sent to five charities during the month of October.

The AGS Cares Program donations included:

  • $1,150 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
  • $2,250 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
  • $1,150 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, prosthetists and physical therapists. Last year, a team of more than 80 IMAHelps volunteers provided healthcare services to more than 12,200 patients in Esteli, Nicaragua. Medical missions are scheduled for this summer in Jinotega, Nicaragua and Yushu, Tibet. www.imahelps.org
  • $2,250 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
  • $2,250 for Wounded Warrier 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 

AGS announced its charitable giving program in late February with a $3,500 donation, which was split between the five charities listed above.

Based in Crowley, AGS provides guest guides and website services for more than 600 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the U.S. and Canada. Texas Advertising acquired AGS from Good Sam Enterprises LLC last year.

AGS plans to make subsequent donations to the charities on a quarterly basis. For more information about AGS, visit its website at  www.agspub.com

 

AGS to Provide Ongoing Support to Charities

February 28, 2012 by · Comments Off on AGS to Provide Ongoing Support to Charities 

AGS has made a name for itself in the campground business, providing guest guides and web  services for more than 600 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the U.S. and Canada.

But as AGS continues to increase its customer base, it aims to do much more than solidify its  reputation as the “go to source“ for campground guides and web marketing, according to a news release. AGS also hopes to make a positive difference in the world by providing ongoing support to five charities that are involved in everything from advocating the humane treatment of animals to providing critical healthcare services for children with cancer, wounded veterans as well as impoverished people overseas.

“Our organization has been very blessed,” said Brian Schaeffer, president and founder of Texas Advertising, which acquired AGS from Good Sam Enterprises LLC last year. “With hundreds of parks as clients, we literally have thousands of businesses that support our customers’ parks as advertisers.”

But by donating a portion of each ad sale to a charity, AGS can help support several worthwhile humanitarian and animal rights organizations at a time when many charities have seen their donations decline, Schaeffer said. The charities to receive support through the AGS Cares Program include:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, prosthetists and physical therapists. Last year, a team of more than 80 IMAHelps volunteers provided healthcare services to more than 12,200 patients in Esteli, Nicaragua. Medical missions are scheduled for this summer in Jinotega, Nicaragua and Yushu, Tibet. www.imahelps.org
  • 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
  • Wounded Warrier 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

“We researched many organizations and chose these five because they touched our hearts,” Schaeffer said. “We have supported several of them personally for years.”

The AGS Cares Program was rolled out last week at the AGS annual meeting of its 25 marketing teams following a presentation from Dollywood’s Imagination Library (www.imaginationlibrary.com), a children’s literacy program the company has supported for the last five years. AGS donated a total of $3,500 to the five charities last week, which is a small portion of the amount to be donated at the end of the first quarter of 2012. AGS plans to make subsequent donations to the charities on a quarterly basis. For more information about AGS, visit its website at www.agspub.com.

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