Posted by eireland 3 years, 6 months ago

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Someone mentioned how gap intelligence and the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF) finding eachother feels like fate. I couldn't agree more.

I remember taking a peek at People magazine way back in 2009 and reading about this amazing San Diego-based nonprofit that ensures no child misses their cancer treatment due to lack of transportation. People profiled 30 "All Stars Among Us" including Richard Nares, ENF co-founder and executive director. These stars were acknowleged by President Obama and recognized at Major League Baseball's All-Star Game. I worked at NBC at the time and brought the story to the newsroom to inquire about doing our own profile on this phenomenal San Diego nonprofit. The story soon followed including interviews with Richard, his wife Diane, and a family using ENF's flagship program "Ride With Emilio," that provides a van to transport children and their parents to and from the hospital for chemotherapy treatments and other medical appointments.

Fast forward several years later, when I hear from our client gap intelligence that of ALL the local charities, they chose the Emilio Nares Foundation as the beneficiary of its "Drives for Rides" golf tournament now in its third year. In 2013, gap intelligence raised over $10,000 to benefit ENF, last year it was over $30,000 and this year's goal is $40,000 which could fund "Ride With Emilio" operations for over three months. Hope to see you at Riverwalk Golf Club on Friday, May 1 at 1 p.m. for an incredibly fun afternoon. 

In preparation for the tournament, gap intelligence invited visitors from ENF to discuss the impact of "Ride With Emilio" and how some families use the transportation for a check up once a year to make sure the cancer didn't return, while others use it every single day for six weeks during aggressive first stages of treatment. Every trip in an ENF van is profoundly important.  

After ENF's leadership spoke we heard from 18-year-old Jocelyn in remission, recovering from a bone marrow transplant and 6-year-old Esmerelda currently undergoing chemo for a brain tumor. Esmerelda gave me a big hug and a kiss on the cheek that I can still feel. She told Gary Peterson, founder and president of gap intelligence, that she wants to work at the company one day and camera/smartphone analyst, Scott Peterson, wasted no time in taking her up on that offer. 

Esmerelda and Jocelyn exemplify why ENF deserves all the volunteers, funding, and support it can get. If you're looking for a platform to give back, please consider golfing, sponsoring, volunteering, or coming to the reception immediately following "Drives for Rides" to learn more about ENF. I know gap intelligence is still looking for a Title Sponsor which includes two foursomes in the tournament. 

To register and sponsor visit https://www.classy.org/san-diego/events/drives-for-rides-2015/e39062

For more information and a current list of prizes and sponsors visit: http://www.gapintelligence.com/blog/2015/third-annual-drives-for-rides-best-golf-tournament-ever

Take fate into your own hands. Hope to see you at the best golf tournament ever on Friday, May 1 at Riverwalk Golf Club! 

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