Instilling their passion for helping Calgary’s youth into the corporate culture at Pinnacle Group has always been important to Paul & Elaine Klassen. They are avid supporters of the phenomenal Calgary’s Safe Haven Foundation that helps at risk teens and recently they lent their support to a group of philanthropic teens at the Glenmore Christian Academy. These incredible students are leaving today on a Mission Adventure to San Pedro, Dominican Republic over Spring Break to build 3 homes for needy families in that country.
Pinnacle generously chose to support this initiative after being approached by one of their valued Client’s daughters who was involved in the trip. We wanted to post the wonderful letter she sent to Pinnacle Group, explaining the scope of the project and their appreciation for Pinnacle’s involvement:
On Friday, March 23, 2012, 47 Grade 9 students plus chaperones will travel to the Dominican Republic over Spring Break to build 3 homes for needy families in that country. We have been responsible to raise money through bottle drives, chocolate bar sales and a school wide silent auction. We were also encouraged to think of friends, family and others in the community who would be willing to support this cause. So, how did Pinnacle Group get involved?
In 2008, Pinnacle Group finished renovating our family home. For our family, it was an awesome experience working with Paul and his Team! We love our “new” home! My parents immediately suggested that I contact Paul Klassen at Pinnacle Group. Their motto “Creating Homes for Life” seemed to fit perfectly with what we were doing. Grant McNaughten, Jessica Schultz and I presented our project to the staff at Pinnacle Group in early December 2011. Each home is the size of a double garage and will house a family who has never had a home of their own. The Team at Pinnacle Group was very encouraging and committed to a generous donation towards one of the homes. We were thrilled and very grateful for their support. Paul Klassen even visited our school to present us with the cheque! We will keep you posted with photos and details of how the houses came together. Thanks again, Mr. Klassen!
Happy New Year! We wanted to share some great news that we recently received. You may recall that in October 2011, we participated in The Safe Haven Street Of Dreams Gala Fundraiser. Along with our trade partners Digital Lifestyles, 4 Star Electric & VanGo Artisans, Pinnacle was pleased to donate a Premiere Home Theatre Package valued at $25,000.00 for the silent auction. Karen & John Sherbut, founders of Safe Haven Foundation, sent us a wonderful letter of thanks announcing that the 2011 Gala was their most successful event yet; a record number of 700 guests attended and revenue projections were exceeded with over $250,000 in net proceeds raised. The auction in and of itself raised $135,000! We are extremely proud to team up with this incredible organization that does so much to build a better future for Calgary’s vulnerable youth. Congratulations to everyone involved in this event; we look forward to continuing to support Safe Haven’s efforts in 2012!
This past weekend, Paul & Elaine Klassen, along with their friends from VanGo Artisans, John & Betty Stiel, had the opportunity to participate in the annual Kids Help Phone Homes For The Holiday Fund Raiser. This tour brings together prominent interior designers and retailers who trim in festive fashion six private homes; the results are nothing less than spectacular!
This year, one of our very own were a part of this tour; Kids Help Phone approached our renovation Client whose home we completed a few years ago in Pumphill. This already beautiful home was transformed with a full range of Christmas Decorations as well as a Style Display by Soul Reflection.
All proceeds from the ticket sales and silent auction support Kids Help Phone, Canada’s only toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous professional phone and web counselling, referral and information service for children and youth.
Next year, if you are looking to gather some great decorating ideas, enjoy the festive spirit and lend a philanthropic hand, we highly recommend checking out this event!