January 16, 2012 - FORTH WORTH, Texas – Peace of mind can be hard to come by when a close relative is part of one of the military’s most specialized forces – the Navy SEALs. In support of Navy SEALs families seeking greater comfort, Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers has formed a philanthropic partnership with the Navy SEAL Foundation.
Inspired to take action after Afghan insurgents shot down a helicopter resulting in the tragic loss of 22 U.S. Navy SEALs in late-summer 2011, heavy-hearted Children’s Lighthouse representatives organized fundraising efforts with the families of the deceased in mind.
“News reports indicated that many of the SEALs lost had young children. It just broke out hearts,” said Rose Morelock, vice president of operations for Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers. “We quickly rallied several of our learning centers to put plans into place to raise funds for the Navy SEALS Foundation. The organization makes a major difference for families.”
In recent weeks, seven Dallas/Fort Worth Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers hosted festivals where they raised nearly $3,000 for the Foundation. Festival attendees donated dollars through bids on silent auction items.
Children’s Lighthouse is now planning to expand its partnership with the Navy SEALs Foundation into additional markets where its schools operate. Plans are already underway to incorporate fundraising programs into next year’s festivals.
“If anyone knows children and the importance of family, it’s Children’s Lighthouse’s leadership team, learning center owners and their dedicated staff,” said David T. Guernsey, Jr., director of development for the Navy SEALs Foundation. “Their support means the world to us and hopefully it will inspire others. We look forward to a long-lasting relationship with Children’s Lighthouse."
Fundraising for the Navy SEALs Foundation reflects Children’s Lighthouse’s commitment to community and its core values. The company and its schools are aligned with the organization’s desire to support families. Funds raised will help pay for costs such as memorial services, travel, counseling, and children’s programs.
Established in Ft. Worth, TX in 1995, Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers is the leading values-based educational childcare system in the United States. The company has approximately 250 employees among its company headquarters and eight company-owned centers. Currently, Children’s Lighthouse has 29 centers in operation and 20 additional franchise locations in its development pipeline. Children’s Lighthouse has been named “Best Places to Work” by both the Dallasand San Antonio Business Journals and has received the “Franchise 500” designation by Entrepreneur magazine due to its stability, financial strength and growth. For more information about Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers, visit www.childrenslighthouse.com.
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