WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 23, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Opus Group® and the Opus Foundation® announced Wednesday that Operation Breakthrough was the top vote-getter among nine regional finalists for the first-ever Gerry Rauenhorst Building Community Award. The prize is $62,000 for Operation Breakthrough’s daily programming for 400 Kansas City children from low-income families.
Opus associates in each of the company’s nine regional offices chose their favorite charity to compete for the prize, which honors the philanthropic and entrepreneurial spirit of the late Gerry Rauenhorst, who founded Opus 62 years ago. Each charity created a short statement and a one-minute video, which were posted on the Opus web site. (http://www.opus-group.com/BuildingCommunityAward) Online visitors cast more than 18,000 votes. “The other finalists are doing great work in places like Phoenix, Chicago and Denver,” says Operation Breakthrough CEO Mary Esselman.
“Operation Breakthrough is honored to have been chosen for this award.” The Opus Group, a family of commercial real estate development, design and construction companies headquartered in Minneapolis, has awarded more than $23 million in charitable grants since 2000 through the Opus Foundation. “The Opus Foundation has granted funds for our children’s education for the last five years,” says Operation Breakthrough Co-Founder Sister Berta Sailer.
“This award will be a big help in continuing our work with some of Kansas City’s most vulnerable children.” Operation Breakthrough, founded in 1971, provides all-day, year-round educational programs for 400 children, from birth to age 13, and supportive services for their families. One in four children is homeless. The average enrolled family survives on less than $15,000 a year. Operation Breakthrough’s mission is to prepare children for success in school and to empower their parents to become self-sufficient and engaged caregivers.
Contact: Marsha Gillespie, 816-329-5258, marshag (at) operationbreakthrough (dot) org Oscar Healy, 913-486-2810, Oscar.Healy (at) opus-group (dot) com
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