At the 49th annual CARE conference held in San Diego, California, the staff at Tradewinds Vacations could have had a big night on the town with their winnings from a 50-50 drawing that was held to raise money to augment the annual operating budget of CARE (Cooperative Association of Resort Exchangers).
“We considered giving the money back to CARE for next year’s annual awards banquet,” said a spokes person who attended the conference. “but then our staff huddled to remind us of a bigger picture that we subscribe to – Shriners Childrens’ Hospital.”
Shriners Hospital has helped several children in our home town cope with a variety of ailments, including severe burns and crippling diseases. The Hospital in St. Louis is looking to relocate and build a facility closer to Washington University to have better access to its pool of doctors. “Since all of the Shriner’s doctors donate their time to the hospital, they want to lessen the commute across town to allow the doctors to better serve the kids.” says the spokesperson. “It’s a great cause and our staff embraces its purpose wholeheartedly with an annual fundraising effort that gives thousands of dollars each year.”
Tradewinds Vacations also performs other fundraising activity for St. Judes Medical Center, the Salvation Army, the USO and local area charities along with sponsoring several annual scholarships and class projects for local area schools, and has done so for more than 20 years.