09.05.2018

RMG Celebrates 20-Year Partnership with Treehouse

By Dana Petrarca, Treehouse Community Engagement Officer

RMG Group of Stifel Nicolaus has partnered with Treehouse since 1998 to give youth in foster care a great first day of school. 

Led by Jennifer “Jennie” B. Rush, First Vice President/Investments, their team raises funds through a donation drive and then gathers volunteers to shop for brand new outfits to stock our free store for back-to-school season. 

Jennie challenged the team to exceed their previous goal because this year is particularly special: It’s the 20th anniversary of RMG’s first Treehouse donation drive, and it’s Treehouse’s 30th birthday. 

The team responded and raised $13,000, which is $1,000 more than last year! 

Thanks to the generosity of RMG employees, the shopping trip was a blast. We partnered with Old Navy in Factoria Mall, and they graciously hosted us before opening to the public. 

As per tradition, we started off with coffee, pastries and a team rally to say thanks and commemorate another wonderful year of partnership. Then, the RMG volunteers hit the ground running, returning to the checkout stands only when their carts overflowed with clothing. 

Q13 FOX even stopped by to interview us and document the experience.

With RMG’s help, we were able to stock our free store with more than 300 brand new outfits for youth in foster care. We also are grateful to Old Navy’s staff for making us feel welcome and giving us their time (and inventory). 

We are deeply appreciative to Jennie and her fellow RMG employees, whom, year after year, commit to investing in youth in foster care. Thousands of youth in care have gone to school feeling confident and ready to learn thanks to their efforts. 

You can host a donation drive for youth in foster care at any time of the year. Visit treehouseforkids.org/drives to get started today.

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About the Author

Dana Petrarca, Treehouse’s Community Engagement Officer, works closely with community members to encourage and support engagement opportunities with Treehouse. She is passionate about building relationships, philanthropy and storytelling. Contact Dana at drives@treehouseforkids.org if you are interested in hosting a donation drive or event to benefit Treehouse.


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