Kidsave is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the adoption of foster youth with a mission of creating change so that children to be adopted grow up in families and connected to caring adults.
“Last month’s Gala was a huge success and the perfect vehicle to support foster youth,” Mitchell asserts. “The Kidsave team produced a powerful virtual event that streamed live on YouTube on July 23th. Additionally, Cushman & Wakefield hosted our own virtual ‘green room’ to hold separate chats during the Gala”.
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It is reported that 25% of all foster kids become homeless in adulthood, so time is of the essence to help support these foster youth. Kidsave’s mission to advocate placing kids in a loving home with families before the legal age deadline is a critical step in supporting their futures. Furthermore, approximately 90% of Kidsave’s youth are Hispanic and African American.
Mitchell, who also leads Cushman & Wakefield’s Financial Advisory in the US, and his colleagues also helped fundraise over $5,000 in just a few weeks leading up to the event. He commented, “I am delighted that our Financial Advisory group rallied together in support of this remarkable organization and cause.”
A special moment at this year’s Kidsave Gala was also the honoring of Mark Green who was the recipient of the organization’s Andrew Lei Memorial Volunteer award. Mark spearheaded a campaign that raised a total of nearly $200,000 through his annual ‘Hike with you Heart’ over the last five years. Continuing his mission, Mark will once again host this wonderful hike on November 7th (contingent on local reopening due to the pandemic). Mark serves as the Global V.P. of Finance for KARL STORZ Industrial-America, Inc. in El Segundo, a leading global manufacturer and distributor of endoscopes headquartered in Germany.
Mitchell commented, “It was truly a privilege to take part in honoring Mark, who is also my friend, at this year’s Gala for his incredible contribution and commitment to help make a difference in the lives of so many children.”
We encourage anyone interested and able to register for the November Kidsave ‘Hike with Your Heart’ event in the Los Angeles area as it may be permitted. Please visit kidsave.org for details.
Randi Thompson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Kidsave. She also championed the Kidsave Family Visit Model in Russia, Kazakhstan and Colombia and was integral to the acceptance of the program in Los Angeles County. Randi is an adoptive mom of two grown children, a proud step-mother of two daughters and one grand-daughter. Kidsave’s Board also comprises numerous top business leaders who can be found here > https://www.kidsave.org/kidsave-board/
In addition to Mitchell’s efforts as Co-Chair, Cushman & Wakefield has had further involvement with Kidsave beginning several years ago, and with other leaders in the firm having also supported the organization in various ways.
Of note, Kidsave also won a 2020 Daytime Emmy for its series on A&E, "The Day I Picked My Parents". The Award was for Outstanding Special Class Series! The series features youth and families in our program who have journeyed through advocacy, mentorship, and hosting. In some of these heartwarming stories, they’ve found their paths to permanency and adoption.