Recap of Donations Made by 4002 & You
4002 & You is made up of a group of companies: Gutter Solutions of Lake Erie, Bauer Specialty, BPM Housing, Bauer Specialty Commercial Services, and BNB Financial Services which share a connection to office operations at 4002 Main Street in Lawrence Park, Pennsylvania.
Monthly 4002 & You makes a donation to a charity and a kids’ clubs, kids’ groups, or kids’ program that is suggested by the employees of the companies. The story is shared on social media to help raise awareness for their cause. We hope you enjoy learning about these highlights and are encouraged to go make a difference for something that is important to you.
When you are a customer of any of our companies, you are helping us to give back and support our community. THANK YOU!
4002 & You – 2019 List
Cystic Fibrosis – Take Down CF
Take Down CF came at the suggestion of Brian Zeiser of Bauer Specialty Commercial Services who has a connection to the event as his boys wrestle in the General McLane school district under the guidance of high school head coach Ryan Cook. Ryan’s daughter Charlee suffers from this progressive genetic disease which causes damage to the lungs, digestive system and other organs. Cystic Fibrosis is a rough disease which affects secretory glands causing mucus to become thick and sticky. It builds up in your lungs and blocks your airways and makes it easy for bacteria to grow leading to serious lung infections that can cause severe damage to the organs. There have been great strides in research, visit https://www.cff.org/ to learn more about treatment breakthroughs. Coach Cook shared that this match started out as a means to raise awareness and provide the team with a lesson about kindness and generosity. We are glad to have been able to contribute to the cause of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. View the video recap with Brian here.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Dave Gehrlein of BPM Housing brought the Erie County Vietnam Veterans Memorial forth because of his father, Gregory, who served in Vietnam and also contributed to the construction of the Memorial on the hill west of Veterans Stadium on State Street.
Ken Kensill chairman of Chapter 435 Vietnam Veterans of America who initiated the Memorial said, “Thank God we got it up before we all passed away. We are all getting older. There are a lot of us who are not healed yet from Vietnam. We hope this wall will bring healing. It is a place of peace for people to go.” Chapter 435 does many things in the continued support of all veterans to get the help they need upon returning to civilian life.
We’re thankful to all our veterans and glad to have been able to contribute to the maintenance and upkeep of this memorial.
his 4002 & You Kids donation is from Alyson Dana of BNB Financial who was co-leader for her daughter’s second grade Girl Scout Troop. Here’s her story about their Troop and what the donation means to them.
This is most of our girls’ second year as a Girl Scout. We have been blessed with an amazing group of girls. Most of the money we raise is from Girl Scout cookie season sales. We have used the money to go on camping trips and an amazing overnight adventure to The Niagara Falls Aquarium. Some of the money is given back to our community. At Christmas, the girls put together care packages and made cards for our local Mercy Center for Women. Some of the girls got to personally give the gifts to women and children who reside there. It was an amazing experience to share with them. Our troop also donated time to our local food bank. We try to keep the girls involved in as much as we can!
Each year selling the Girl Scout Cookies there’s an option to pick who donated cookies go to. This is the first time we had our girls involved in a vote. They chose the Shriners Hospital for Children. I heard many of them talking and it sounded like the decision was because they wanted the cookies to go to kids like them. I’m very proud of our girls and pleased to be a part of this great organization.
Please encourage kids around you to get involved with activities that keep them learning, active and exposed to new things!
Relay for Life
Harbor Creek Little League
Cowabunga Day Run/Benefit is in memory of Jax Stone. This event honors the memory of a brave child who lost his battle with DIPG (brainstem glioma) on July 27, 2014 at the age of nine.
Jax was diagnosed with DIPG on September 12, 2013. He loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and that’s how Missy Rininger from Bauer Specialty and Gutter Solutions of Lake Erie came up with the name Cowagunga Day. Missy has continued to hold the benefit in Jax’s memory and to support three charities who helped Jax and his family, the Children’s Hospital of UPMC, Make-A-Wish and Give Kids The World Village.
DIPG is an especially devastating form of brain tumor because there is no effective treatment and no chance of survival. The median survival time is 9 months from diagnosis. Jax made it to 10.5 months.
Grady’s Decision is an amazing non-profit organization that assists families emotionally, spiritually, and financially who are experiencing premature births and those who have children with special needs.
Erie Special Olympics
4002 & You proudly partners with organizations to donate and spread awareness. This month we worked with Ami Iaquinta from the Erie Special Olympics! Thank you for taking the time to visit the office and chat with Matthew Bauer.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Alan Mosko shared his connection with Ronald McDonald House Charities and how RMHC helped his family when they needed to travel and stay overnight in Pittsburgh.
Did you know that Ronald McDonald House Charities provides 7,200 bedrooms to families and children in need every single night worldwide? That’s a huge help for families facing really tough times when a child is battling an illness. RMHC’s mission is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. If you are feeling inspired to give you can find a donation box in McDonald’s anywhere in the world.
McDowell Hockey Club
Harbor Creek Junior High Track Club
4002 & You donated to Emma’s Footprints. Since 2013, Emma’s has been walking with pregnancy and infant loss families in their grief journeys, providing care and support as they travel down this difficult and often lonely path. Emma’s ensures that no family has to walk alone. Stacy Fraschetti of BNB Financials was blessed by Emma’s and is a vocal supporter of the great work they do. Read more of her personal story here https://bauerspecialty.com/september-awareness-campaign-emmas-footprints/
And for the interview with Tracy Dailey, Stacy Fraschetti and Matt Bauer about Emma’s Footprints click here to learn about what Emma’s does for these families to build trust.