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Raise Your Glass Foundation achieves milestone donation recognition at Philadelphia Shriners Hospital

Shriners Hospitals for Children is grateful for the Raise Your Glass Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity organization based in New Jersey that has cumulatively donated more than $280,000 since the foundation’s inception in 2012. Due to the generous donations and sponsorships at the foundation’s three galas and seven golf classics, this milestone recognition has been made possible. They will now have a bronze plaque placed on the permanent donor wall located in the lobby of the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital.

A group of incredible volunteers from various professions in the Warren, New Jersey, community created the foundation for an extraordinary reason. Their fundraising goals focus on donating proceeds from various events to children’s medical institutions while saluting those who make the impossible, possible in the lives of children.

Inspired by Adam and Danielle Yenish’ s son, Anthony John “AJ” Yenish, the foundation was created when local community members witnessed the miracle of Shriners Hospitals for Children in action. In 2008, AJ was born with arthrogryposis, a congenital condition that caused AJ’s hands and feet to be severely twisted. Prior to AJ’s birth, Adam and Danielle Yenish interviewed various doctors in the New York and New Jersey area and found the magic team of Harold van Bosse, M.D., and Scott Kozin, M.D., at the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital. Along with local physical therapists carrying out Drs. Van Bosse and Kozin’s mission, AJ inspired the Raise Your Glass Foundation we recognize with appreciation today.

The Raise Your Glass Foundation has hosted three galas and three golf tournaments in New Jersey to support and raise awareness of arthrogryposis, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and funds for the foundation. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia has been the beneficiary of these events. Along the way, the Yenish family has become friends with Lance and Micah Leggitt, sharing a similar story with their daughter Reece, who, like AJ, has arthrogryposis. Their journeys have formed a bond with two families who live over 200 miles apart, but because of the Raise Your Glass Foundation and Shriners Hospitals for Children, have become everlasting friends. The Leggitt family has organized four golf tournaments in Northern Virginia to increase more funds and awareness for the Raise Your Glass Foundation, arthrogryposis, and the hospital.

AJ’s parents have shared their emotional journey at their events, stating, “We’re blessed to have the support of so many volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We are grateful for the donations to the foundation, because they are helping someone else’s AJ. The children you are helping you may never meet, but you are leaving an indelible mark on their lives. For this, we, and the countless children treated at Shriners Hospital, thank you!”

“We’re so appreciative to have such generous patient family donors, they truly understand that the money raised will help more kids, like their own children.” stated Ms. Terry Diamond, director of development, Shriners Hospitals for Children “In a short five years, the [RYG] foundation has raised so much awareness and money for our hospital, we’re truly thankful.”

Today AJ is a vibrant 8-year-old who has been through multiple surgeries to correct his feet and allow him to not only walk, but run. The same goes for the sweet and sassy 6-year-old Reece, whose condition keeps improving.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is grateful for the Raise Your Glass Foundation, as the money that has been received has helped many kids like AJ, Reece and more!

About Raise Your Glass Foundation
Our mission is to assist charitable health-related organizations that make the impossible, possible for children of all ages, races, creeds, and needs. We were inspired by the outstanding humanitarian and philanthropic mission of Shriners Hospital for Children to provide superior care for children with challenging physical disabilities and special health care needs, and never turn away a single patient regardless of the ability of the patient or family to pay. We are dedicated to identifying and recognizing the exemplary achievements of such organizations by raising funds and awareness and also by our own thoughtful contributions focused on making a difference in these children's lives.

For more information about the Raise Your Glass Foundation, visit RaiseYourGlass.org, follow the foundation’s efforts on Facebook @RYGFoundation, or email.

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