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Missouri Veterans Endeavor Chosen as Gabriel Group’s 2017 Pay-It-Forward Recipient

Gabriel Group is honored to name our next Pay-It-Forward recipient as Missouri Veterans Endeavor (MOVE-STL).

Missouri Veterans Endeavor 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 while providing a wide range of services including case management, employment assistance, job training, sobriety support and permanent housing.

Since 2013, Gabriel Group has chosen a St. Louis-area charity for our Pay-It-Forward efforts in order to make a bigger impact within our immediate community. Associates participate in many different fundraising opportunities each month with a goal of raising a total of $10,000 for our nominated group by the end of the calendar year. 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. 2017 will kick off with a bang as associates get ready to vie for a festive Mardi Gras raffle basket and an upcoming opportunity to participate in Bring Your Dog to Work Week.

Over the past 10 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 local St. Louis children suffering from abuse or neglect; partnered with an organization close to associates’ hearts after losing one of our own to ovarian cancer; and fought homelessness and hunger in the St. Louis area.

As our charitable giving efforts have continued to grow tremendously over the years, we are happy to report that our associates are refreshed, motivated and ready to make 2017 our biggest year yet with MOVE-STL as we focus on our latest mission to support local veterans. To keep tabs on everything we’re doing to assist this inspiring charity, follow us on Facebook as we inch closer and closer to our goal every day!

Gabriel Group Associates Pay-It-Forward by Honoring Clients with Charitable Giving

Pictured above: Melanie Ortmeyer and Dave Hawkins of Gabriel Group; Darie Gordy, Shelter Case Manager, and Jacki MacIntosh, Executive Director, of Loaves and Fishes for St. Louis; and Arthur Kerckhoff of Gabriel Group

For the ninth year in a row, Gabriel Group has chosen to donate funds to a charity in lieu of giving a traditional Christmas gift to clients. In 2016, associates selected the group Loaves and Fishes for St. Louis as the recipient of our Pay-It-Forward initiative. Loaves and Fishes is a nonprofit organization who serves those who have been struck by economic hardships, providing them with food, shelter and support to help them realize self-sufficiency.

Fundraising occurs throughout the year and is supported by a variety of events and activities. Ideas for 2016 included Paint and Sip nights; washers, pool and table tennis tournaments; and multiple potluck luncheons. Through the hard work of our Pay-It-Forward Committee and the generosity of the entire Gabriel Group family, we were proud to present a check for $15,000 to our friends at Loaves and Fishes on January 23, 2017 – beating our goal of $10,000 by 50%.

To date, 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 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 look forward to continuing on our journey to help those in need as we shift our focus in 2017. Make sure to stay posted via our Facebook page to be the first to know what cause we choose next!

Gabriel Group Names George Miller, CFRE as Senior Fundraising Consultant

Gabriel Group is thrilled to announce the addition of George Miller to its team as Senior Fundraising Consultant. George will be responsible for developing result-oriented direct response fundraising campaigns using his expertise in major gifts and planned giving.

Before coming to Gabriel Group, George worked at Operation Smile as Vice President of U.S. Development. During this time, he managed an integrated development plan for major giving, planned giving, special events and corporate relations; cultivated leadership donors; and led the development team to significant revenue growth. George has also worked in the nonprofit fundraising arena at The Pursuant Group, Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation and Delta State University Foundation.

CEO Dave Hawkins says, “We are pleased to welcome yet another seasoned and highly successful fundraising professional to our team at Gabriel Group. George has proven his development skills and knowledge and will significantly enhance our fundraising capabilities.”

He continues, “The work we collaborate on with our nonprofit clients is not only a large part of our business, but something our associates are incredibly proud of and passionate about. We think George will fit right in in that regard, and we can’t wait for him to start making an impact.”

George holds an MBA in Management in addition to a BA in Finance from Delta State University. He obtained his CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) certification in 2007.

He enjoys staying involved with his community as a Deacon at Life Fellowship Church and serving on the boards of both the Delta State University National Alumni Association and Desoto Grace Ministries. In his free time, George can be found playing tennis and spending time with his wife and three children.