Merchants Bonding Company Foundation
The Merchants Bonding Company Foundation was formed in 2008 in celebration of the company's 75th anniversary in business. The Foundation is a charitable organization that focuses on giving back to the community. In 2016, it reached a new milestone exceeding over $1 million in donations since inception. The Foundation holds the Bill Warner Sr. Memorial Charity Golf Classic every two years, selecting a new beneficiary each year.
In 2010, the Foundation sponsored the first Bill Warner Sr. Memorial Charity Golf Classic, which raised more than $70,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In the years following, the Bill Warner Sr. Memorial Charity Golf Classic benefited Youth Homes of Mid-America raising $105,000 in 2012, the Blank Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit raising $130,000 in 2014 and the Puppy Jake Foundation raising $160,000 in 2016.
2018 Bill Warner Sr. Memorial Charity Golf Classic
The Merchants Bonding Company Foundation's 5th biennial Bill Warner Sr. Memorial Charity Golf Classic raised $152,000 to benefit Easterseals Iowa. The support received from 200 golfers, 63 corporate sponsors and many generous donors from across the country will allow Easterseals to purchase new accessible vans to enhance and support its programming.
"Easterseals is a truly exceptional organization that is making an incredible impact on the lives of some very special people," said Merchants President Larry Taylor. "We are thrilled with the support we received from so many people for our efforts to help Easterseals and celebrate Bill Sr.'s passion for life."
For more than 90 years, Easterseals Iowa has been supporting individuals with disabilities and special needs to live independent lives. Easterseals Iowa offers a variety of services, from an integrated child development center and respite programs to assistive technology and job training.
Easterseals Iowa President/CEO Sherri Nelson says, "Transportation is a key component to the independence of our clients. Because of the Bill Warner Sr. Memorial Charity Golf Classic, we can purchase two new accessible vans to ensure our clients have access to the community. Access to health care, access to community spaces, access to shopping and access to social experiences that increase quality of life."
Matching Gift Program
In addition to other donations, the Merchants Bonding Company Foundation matched the charitable gifts of 18 associates in 2018. The Foundation is proud to give back to the community, and is looking forward to fundraising in the future. Merchants Bonding Company Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization.