Gabriel Group Selects KidSmart as 2018 Pay-It-Forward Recipient

Gabriel Group is happy to name KidSmart as our 2018 Pay-It-Forward recipient.

KidSmart’s mission is to ensure that children and their classrooms in the Greater St. Louis area have the basic tools for learning. It fulfills its mission by transferring the community’s surplus supplies and merchandise into the hands of teachers for school children in need, at no cost. Since opening in 2002, KidSmart has distributed over $50 million in school supplies to more than 150,000 economically disadvantaged children in the area.

For six years now, Gabriel Group has chosen a local St. Louis-area charity for our Pay-It-Forward efforts in order to make a bigger impact within our immediate community. Throughout each calendar year, associates participate in numerous fundraising efforts that include tournaments, happy hours and raffle opportunities. At the beginning of the following year, we then present a check to our partner organization in honor of our clients in lieu of a traditional Christmas gift.

Over the past 11 years, Gabriel Group has funded a spring water aqueduct in the Dominican Republic to help provide children with safe drinking water; built four double-family homes for families in earthquake-ravaged Haiti; funded a new classroom at an early childhood education center in Zambia; provided food and clothing to an orphanage in Mozambique; supported relief efforts following the tornado in Joplin; helped children suffering from abuse or neglect; partnered with an organization close to associates’ hearts after losing one of our own to ovarian cancer; fought homelessness and hunger in the St. Louis area; and supported local veterans.

We as a company couldn’t be prouder of all we have accomplished thus far, and can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring to KidSmart and the children it serves. The journey to our $15,000 goal has already begun, and we’re looking forward to yet another year of giving, generosity and fun! Make sure to stay up to date with all of our latest fundraising endeavors on our Facebook page and right here on the Gabriel Group blog!

John Sanders Named Gabriel Group’s Senior Vice President of Sales

Gabriel Group is proud to announce the addition of John Sanders to its team as Senior Vice President of Sales.

After over 10 successful years at RBO PrintLogistix, John makes the transition to Gabriel Group as he takes over the management of the company’s business development efforts. At RBO, John served as both the Vice President of Sales & Marketing as well as the Director of Business Development. Prior to RBO, John was President & CEO of SWM, a leading Inc. 500 Print & Promotional Marketing Services company.

“John has a truly outstanding track record of making a positive difference in the companies he works for,” states Dave Hawkins, CEO. “He has proven to have an unmatched work ethic that has resulted in generating a steady stream of new business throughout his career and we are very excited to have him on board at Gabriel Group.”

“We’re ready to hit the ground running with John in our corner. His leadership skills paired with his past successes and community involvement initiatives make him a perfect fit for Gabriel Group. John will absolutely help us reach, if not exceed, our business goals. We can’t wait to get started.”

When he’s not in the office, John enjoys sports, staying involved with charitable organizations, music and his family. He has coached both soccer and baseball at various levels, including a high school team for Parkway North High School and at the collegiate level for both UMSL and Metro Collegiate. He is a board member, volunteer and sponsor for many local St. Louis charities, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The BackStoppers, Autism Speaks and the Ronald McDonald House. John and his wife, Kathie, have two grown sons, Scott and Mark, as well as one grandson, Paxon.

2017 Pay-It-Forward Efforts Net $16,000 in Honor of Clients

Pictured above: Erin Koury of Gabriel Group with Bill Wallace, President, and Christine Cronin, Vice President, of Missouri Veterans Endeavor

After another full calendar year of fundraising, Gabriel Group’s Pay-It-Forward initiative has continued to impress with a grand total of $16,000 collected for the company’s 2017 nonprofit organization of choice, Missouri Veterans Endeavor (MOVE-STL). Bolstering the largest amount raised to date, Gabriel Group has now completed its tenth year of partnering with a local charity in order to directly impact the St. Louis community through year-round giving in lieu of a traditional Christmas gift to clients.

MOVE-STL is a nonprofit organization that provides long-term supportive housing and comprehensive services to veterans and their family members. MOVE-STL was established in 2012 and currently houses 30 veterans, 16 dependents and 9 children, providing a wide range of services including case management, employment assistance, job training, sobriety support and permanent housing.

On top of traditional fundraising events including raffle basket drawings and happy hours, Gabriel Group associates were also given the opportunity to volunteer at MOVE-STL by using company time to give back. This was the first year an option to directly volunteer for our PIF organization during Gabriel Group hours was available. Following a large end-of-the-year push to break 2016’s record of $15,000, Pay-It-Forward Committee Lead Erin Koury presented a check for $16,000 to MOVE-STL leadership on February 5, 2018.

To date, Gabriel Group has funded a spring water aqueduct in the Dominican Republic to provide children with safe drinking water; built four double-family homes for families in earthquake-ravaged Haiti; funded a new classroom at an early childhood education center in Zambia; provided food and clothing to an orphanage in Mozambique; supported relief efforts following the tornado in Joplin; helped local St. Louis children suffering from abuse or neglect; and partnered with an organization close to associates’ hearts after losing one of our own to ovarian cancer.

We couldn’t be prouder to have continued increasing our annual Pay-It-Forward contribution as we as a company work to make a difference in the St. Louis area. Keep an eye out for our next big announcement where we will be naming our 2018 Pay-It-Forward organization nominee in just a few short weeks! Onward and upward!

Gabriel Group Adds Kathleen Contrino as Senior Account Director

Gabriel Group is happy to announce the addition of Kathleen Contrino as Senior Account Director.

Kathleen comes to Gabriel Group from Blackbaud Inc., where she served as a Principal Consultant. There, she managed the services, projects and staff responsible for the successful execution and delivery of the March of Dimes Enterprise account. She also oversaw staff teams that delivered direct response programs that were responsible for over $210 million in revenue. Prior to Blackbaud, Kathleen spent 25 years garnering nonprofit experience in many arenas, including higher education, public broadcasting, healthcare and human services. Her fundraising expertise includes strategic planning and the development of annual and multi-year programs including annual fund, sustainer, major and mid-level, planned giving and capital campaigns.

CEO Dave Hawkins says, “Kathleen is such a fantastic addition to Gabriel Group. Between her background working within the nonprofit sector and her experience on the consulting side, we think she will be a truly outstanding resource to our clients with her unique perspective of the entire fundraising lifecycle.”

“Her passion is so evident in every interaction, and we can’t wait for her to share it with our nonprofit partners. Her contagious energy paired with her exceptional knowledge is sure to benefit both us as a company and the organizations we work with.”

Kathleen speaks and writes on philanthropy and fundraising and has won national and statewide recognition for her fundraising and marketing programs. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Nonprofit Management Program at Regis University and is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation. When she is not in the office, Kathleen volunteers for a community hospice organization, a county food bank and various organizations involved in cancer research. She is also a top ten ranked member of the Colorado Master’s Swim Association.