2014 Year In Review
In 2014, the Steve Smith Family Foundation launched two flagship events; the Strike Out Domestic Violence Bowling Tournament and the Lace Up Son Family 5K. Each event was handcrafted by Steve, Angie and family with the help of our talented board of professionals. By combining S2F2’s passionate philanthropy with a common denominator – family – success was born. While it’s true success can be measured in dollars and cents, S2F2’s primary goal and preferred form of measurement is the lives we’re impacting in the communities we serve.
Through a partnership with Safe Alliance, Charlotte’s top agency in providing services to survivors of domestic violence, S2F2 hosted a day-long bowling tournament. Steve, Angie and family wanted to create an event that fostered a safe environment for domestic abuse survivors and their children to partake in a family-friendly, fun activity. During a private event, 22 families, or 60 individuals, received transportation to 10 Park Lanes where they enjoyed the company of the Smith family, S2F2 board members and their families, food and bowling. The public portion of the event, focused on generating support and awareness for the work of Safe Alliance, raised enough funds to send 61 Safe Alliance child beneficiaries to YMCA camps over the summer.
If you are in a domestically violent situation and in immediate danger please call 911. If you are in a place that is safe to talk, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. They will help assess your situation and link you to your nearest domestic violence program for help.
With a commitment to child health and wellness, S2F2 also teamed up with the YMCA to launch the inaugural Lace Up Son Family 5K; a family-friendly event and Memorial Day celebration. Esteemed guests included wheelchair and Special Olympic athletes, amputees and members of our military. The race, hosted by downtown Matthews, was held at the Siskey YMCA and included a pancake breakfast, military recognition, a kids fun run, inflatables, music, group exercise classes, admission to the Siskey YMCA’s outdoor pool and more. The proceeds of the 5K benefited both the Simmons and Siskey YMCAs.
The Simmons YMCA, located on the east side of Charlotte, serves a high number of low-income families and provides financial assistance to over 80% of its members allowing them membership.Proceeds received from S2F2’s Lace Up Son Family 5K provided 84 kids with a free week-long stay at summer day camp, while 67 children received free swim lessons and 62 more received a free week of after school care.
The Siskey YMCA provides financial assistance to nearly 40% of its members, allowing them membership. Proceeds received from S2F2’s Lace Up Son Family 5K provided 110 children the financial assistance needed to participate in youth sports, while 75 kids enjoyed a free week-long stay at Camp Eagle Rock.
When Steve, Angie and their family aren’t hosting events, they’re still active in the community. In 2014 alone, on behalf of S2F2, the family gifted over 1,200 pairs of shoes in the Charlotte and Baltimore communities. Be it a random act of kindness or a S2F2 fundraising event, the Smiths are dedicated to serving the underserved.
There are big things in store for the future of the Steve Smith Family Foundation and our partners and we look forward to serving the community’s needs in 2015. S2F2 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, federal tax ID 30-0778749.