We are big believers in giving back. That’s why I am deeply involved in all sorts of charitable activities, as are my employees. I’ve been an active Board member of the American Heart Association for well over a decade now.

In 1996, I wrote a book called Options For Beginners, Not For Dummies. The book went on sale in 1997. We sold over 50,000 copies. All the profits from the sale of the book were donated to charity. Here is a picture of me giving the American Heart Association representatives their 2nd check; this one is for $50,026.00.

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After we gave the AHA that money, I received a cease and desist letter from the publisher of the “… For Dummies” books to remove “not for dummies” from the title, so that’s why the book is now simply called Options For Beginners.

I’ve stayed active in the organization as a volunteer and donor. This is a picture of me receiving the Franklin Moosnick Service Award, the local chapter’s highest volunteer honor.

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I’ve also been honored to be a member of an American Heart Association pilot project where non-scientists work with biomedical researchers on peer-review committees. My assignment was the Bioengineering Committee. I got to review the newest, most cutting-edge medical research on the planet. It was absolutely fascinating, and a lot of hard work.

It’s not just the American Heart Association. I’ve been involved in Boy Scouts (I’m an Eagle), the Sudanese Refugee Education Foundation, Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass, and a host of other charities.

And it’s not just me. My employees are also deeply involved in a variety of charitable and philanthropic activities.

If you’d like to get involved with any of these worthy charities, drop us a line, or click on one of the links below. We’d be glad to assist you.

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By the way, while all the charities we support greatly appreciate all that my employees and I do, the thanks I got from the donation to Sudanese Refugee Education Foundation surprised even me.

I got letters. And they are truly some of the most profound thank you notes I’ve ever read. Click the links to read them if you are so moved.

Kuol Akech Dut | Holly Holland | Yai Lyai | William Manyok