To honor the memory of 2012 Sandy Hook shooting victim
Chase Kowalski, age 6, Brian Mora, senior franchise field vice
president at Ameriprise Financial, runs marathons, raising
money for the CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation,
started in 2013 to honor the life of Chase.
According to Mora, already at age 6, “Chase was an avid athlete and particularly loved running and triathlons. Each summer, CMAK takes a group of kids through a triathlon training
program, and at the end of the summer, the kids participate in
the Race 4 Chase Kids’ Triathlon,” he said.
Since 2013, Mora has completed more than 40 races, including the New York City Marathon and Ironman Florida, to raise
awareness and funding for the foundation. To date, he’s raised
more than $50,000 for the organization.
For 26 years, Kelly Fox, Ameriprise private wealth advisor, has supported the Greater Attleboro
Area Council for Children and is chair of one of the council’s programs — Christmas Is for Kids,
a non-profit that helps to make this time “a little brighter for those in need,” she says.
Through this work, Fox raises awareness of the need in the community, encourages hundreds of volunteers and donors to help
out and ultimately coordinates gifts for 1,000 local children in Southeastern Massachusetts, ensuring they have new warm clothes
and toys. The holidays are meant to be joyful, but for many, the pressure to make ends meet intensifies as the season approaches.
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Jeff Vivacqua, senior vice president of marketing at Cambridge,
has been on the board of Invest in Others Charitable Foundation
since 2016, although he notes that Cambridge has supported the
program for years. Invest in Others recognizes individuals and
firms across the advice industry that are making a difference by
donating their time and money to causes that matter to them.
Vivacqua explained: “By sharing their stories and awarding
funding to these organizations, we raise awareness, encourage oth-
ers to get involved, channel additional resources to those in need,
and demonstrate the generosity of the financial advice industry.”
He added that, “We’re also proud of the independent advi-
sors choosing Cambridge who have also been recognized and
honored for their dedication in giving back across the country and globally.”
Mark Anselmo, president of Anselmo Investment Management, based in San
Diego and Temecula, California, launched the Our Nicholas Foundation in
2005, with his family, following his son Nicholas’ diagnosis of autism.
The purpose of the foundation is to increase autism awareness and provide support
for education, work opportunities, therapies, families and social programs that “enrich
the lives of children and adults with ASD,” according to Anselmo. “Our hope is that we
will provide those on the spectrum and their families the tools they need to thrive.”
To raise awareness, the non-profit holds a Walk in the Vines for Autism.
It also has organized other activities to help fund 3,000-plus items for local
special education classrooms, four sensory integration rooms, peer buddy pro-
grams, playdates, support groups and sports leagues (including Kick With Nick
soccer, one of the largest autistic leagues in the country).
Jeff Vivacqua at the Cambridge 2018 Ignite conference presenting a
donation to I WIN.
A Walk in the Vines event for Our Nicholas Foundation.
Brian Mora running the New York
City Marathon in 2017 on behalf
of Race 4 Chase.
Kelly Fox at the Christmas Is for
Kids donor center.