The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted all aspects of our lives, from increasing anxiety about the health of our loved ones to missing milestones and important events being cancelled. The last few months have been tough on all of us, but through these challenging times we have also seen inspiring sparks of positivity and optimism.
For months, Scott Mackey, Executive Director at Devenney Group and Sponsorship Chair of The Commission, has been planning and recruiting sponsorships for the organization’s next event – a day of golf and dinner networking in San Antonio ahead of the ASHE PDC Summit. The Commission, a golf and social club for individuals in the healthcare design and construction industry, gives back through philanthropy efforts twice a year to the local communities that host key events. “We love what we do and are extremely passionate about it and the outcomes we are able to create. For us, it all comes back to helping people,” said Mackey.
With the outbreak of the Coronavirus impacting the nation, the ASHE PDC Summit was rightfully cancelled and thus, so was The Commission’s spring event. “The money was already raised when we found out the conference was cancelled,” Mackey said, “Most of our sponsors opted to donate their investment to charity and because of their generosity we were able to gift our largest donation yet.”
This year, The Commission was able to donate over $9,000 to The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation, a foundation that provides critical care to children and advanced research that leads to treatments and cures. Additionally, The Commission was able donate almost $6,000 to a fellow member, the Brower Family. The donation will help to offset the medical and travel costs for their son Liam’s treatment to fight Stage III Neuroblastoma cancer.
“Not only is it important for The Commission membership to support local charities in the cities that we live and work, it is also important to support our own when health issues impact their personal lives as well,” Mackey explained, “This opportunity to donate to The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation is critical to our mission of supporting the industry we are passionate about serving. We also wish Liam and the Brower family all the best during this difficult season in their lives”
Petra President, Craig Beam, an active member of The Commission, said, “A lot of hard work was put into this event and although its cancelling was a disappointment to all, Scott was able to find a positive outcome for a deserving family and wonderful charity. I am proud to be a part of an organization that gives back.”
While the Coronavirus is still affecting so many, stories of positivity are starting to emerge across the nation, “There is a lot of fear, uncertainty and anxiety about this virus,” said Mackey, “Right now, it’s so important to lift spirits and show that there are still good things happening in the world.”