The Journal Gazette
Friday, July 19, 2019 1:00 am

Mad Anthonys Foundation donates $115,000 to Hope

ELIZABETH WYMAN | For The Journal Gazette

The Mad Anthonys Children's Foundation presented Mad Anthonys Children's Hope House with a check Thursday for $115,000 raised through the 2019 Red Coat Dinner and Charity Golf Classic last month.

This year's donation brings the cumulative total donated by the foundation to more than $5 million since it began its partnership.

“It's an honor to continue our support of Hope House. At Mad Anthonys, we believe it is essential that local companies prioritize giving back to the community in some way,” Mike Wallace, president of the Mad Anthonys board of directors, said in a press release. “Our yearly donation would not be possible without the efforts of our members, our sponsors and the Red Coat recipients – it is because of their support that we're able to support such a special and worthy organization.”

Jaylon Smith, a former Bishop Luers and Notre Dame football player and current Dallas Cowboy, was named one of the 2019 Red Coat recipients. Local businessman and philanthropist John Tippmann Sr. was the other recipient. The 2019 Red Coat Dinner and Mad Anthonys Charity Classic was June 14 and 15.

“Mad Anthonys' continued support has been absolutely critical to serve the needs of our clients each and every day,” Melissa Dessaigne, executive director of the Hope House, added in the release. “The contributions from Mad Anthonys Children's Foundation have allowed us to enhance and expand our mission: to continue being a welcoming, family-centered and home-like environment for ill children and their families who need support during a health crisis.”

In 2007, Mad Anthonys began a partnership with Mad Anthonys Children's Hope House, dedicating its fundraising efforts to the organization. According to the press release, the Mad Anthonys Children's Hope House provides nearby lodging and support services for the families of children undergoing pediatric and neonatal treatment.

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