At last Saturday's gala, the Boxer Bowtie Club reached its goal of sending 40 kids to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a summer camp program for seriously ill kids in Ashford, Connecticut. "In our most generous projections, we didn't expect to reach our goal in just our second year,” says Luke Dudley, founding member of the Boxer Bowtie Club and VP of Assured Guaranty.
The club is a nonprofit comprised of young professionals who were fortunate enough to find success early in their careers and wanted a way to give back, together. “What we’re seeing with Boxer Bowtie and a few similar groups in the area is an earnest desire to do something now. To use social media and their strong networks to overcome the hurdles of traditional fundraising and activate a new generation of philanthropists,” says Lee Anna Woodcock, CEO & Co-founder of Word of Mouth Multimedia who consulted on this year’s event.
The Boxer Bowtie Club’s New York chapter raised $100,000 this year, focusing on building community and awareness for the Hole in the Wall Camp which is located not far from where the founding members first met in their hometown of Weston, Connecticut. Now, the club has announced its intention to expand to Dallas in Spring of 2017, benefiting another local cause Education Opens Doors. “The traction Jayda Batchelder and her team have made over the past 4 years within Dallas Independent School District is remarkable. We're excited to run alongside EOD and help arm more students with the tools they need to strategically navigate their way to college,” says Brett Reis, Director at Optimum Healthcare in Austin and the Boxer Bowtie member who will be spearheading the club’s Texas chapter.
With tech and philanthropy-based partners like Trunk Club, who sponsored the New York event and will host the next one at their Dallas Clubhouse, and David Fin Ties, who not only provided custom bow ties for the Boxer Bowtie Club but also donates a portion of proceeds from every tie sold to The Folded Flag Foundation for veterans, the club is able to gather influencers from the fashion and social scenes with an altruistic mission.
Of the unique partnership, Nicolas Gomez of Trunk club says, "It was an absolute joy to team up with Boxer Bowtie Club to create a memorable night for such an important cause. The Trunk Club team in New York was honored to help raise funds for kids while doing something we particularly enjoy--getting dressed to the nines! We look forward to a continued partnership and more opportunities to do good with such a fine organization."
About Boxer Bowtie Club Inc.: The Boxer Bowtie Club is a New York-based registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, founded and operated by a group of young professionals from around the country. The Club’s core objective is to better its communities, through volunteer and fundraising efforts, and proudly donates 100% of net proceeds to its chosen charities. To learn more please visit boxerbowtieclub.org.
About Hole in the Wall Gang Camp: The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was founded in 1988 by Paul Newman to give every child—no matter their illness—the chance to “raise a little hell.” The organization serves more than 25,000 kids and family members throughout the Northeast every year and is dedicated to providing a “different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families free of charge with an annual summer camp program in Ashford, Connecticut.