Muscular Dystrophy Association Provides Summer Fun

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Muscular Dystrophy Association
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George Argyros, Jr. has leveraged his expertise in launching new business ventures into a leadership position for his company, Elite Financial Group, LLC. Additionally, George Argyros, Jr. has donated to many good causes including the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Since 1950, the MDA has led efforts to mitigate the effects of muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases. Besides sponsoring some 200 research projects, the MDA organizes week-long summer camps, to encourage children to improve their quality of life in a barrier-free environment.

Camps benefit both children and caregivers. The children get to enjoy sports such as hockey, soccer, and baseball with disability-friendly options. Dances, arts and crafts, and talent shows stretch the capabilities of campers, increase self-esteem, and foster friendships. Camp staff provide adaptive measures that allow any child to take part in any activity.

Parents and guardians get a break from their caretaking responsibilities, knowing their children are receiving top-notch care for the mind and body alike, and fully trained volunteers and medical specialists are never far from the children.

The ABA and the Fast Break for Reading Program

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American Basketball Association
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As the president and CEO of Elite Financial Group, LLC, located in Newport Beach, California, George Argyros, Jr., leads a team that provides a complete range financial products and services in the insurance industry. Involved in his Southern California community, George Argyros, Jr., previously served as chairman of the board for the American Basketball Association’s (ABA) Long Beach Jam.

The ABA is a semiprofessional basketball league founded in 1999. The organization encourages its teams to contribute to their local communities by participating in programs like Fast Break for Reading, a literacy initiative sponsored by the International Reading Association (IRA).

The Fast Break for Reading program encourages students to read for a minimum of ten minutes each day by offering them unique incentives to do so. The program partners with several ABA teams to provide students who achieve their reading goals with game tickets, participation awards, and certificates from the ABA and the IRA.

Fast Break for Reading is a nationwide program that takes place over the course of four months. The goal of the program is for students to complete a total of 4 million minutes of reading. In its first year, Fast Break for Reading reached and exceeded its aim for 1 million total minutes of reading when participants logged 2.1 million minutes.

Supporting the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation

Throughout his career as the president of Elite Financial Group, LLC, George Argyros Jr. has supported a broad range of charitable organizations in his community and beyond. George Argyros Jr. regularly contributes to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to curing childhood cancers. PCRF relies on the support of its extensive donor and volunteer network, which provides financial support and manpower for the organization’s many initiatives.

PCRF welcomes donations of all sizes, which can occur as one-time or recurring gifts. Many donors take advantage of employer donation matching programs, which can have a tremendous impact on the funding provided to nonprofits of all types. In addition to making financial contributions, individuals can volunteer their time and spirit in support of children with pediatric cancers. Many volunteers host third-party events such as auctions and golf tournaments, as well as luncheons and dinners with raffles.

To learn how to support the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, visit the official website at http://www.pcrf-kids.org.

Muscular Dystrophy Association Raises Funds through Its Muscle Walk

As the founder and CEO of Newport Beach, California-based Elite Financial Group, LLC, George Argyros, Jr., oversees the daily operations of the private financial insurance company. Prior to this venture, he had established Leveraged Life, Inc., another insurance company where he functioned as the CEO. A philanthropic individual, George Argyros, Jr., aids several charitable organizations, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

A nonprofit health organization aimed at finding treatments and cures for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and other neuromuscular diseases, the MDA also funds research and advocates for those dealing with these diseases. Moreover, it provides support to MDA families through its many branches, seven of which are in California.

Individuals can contribute to the MDA in various ways, including via the annual Muscle Walk. As the largest event of its kind, the MDA Muscle Walk allows participants to raise money that benefits the organization through support groups and state-of-the-art clinics. It also goes toward the MDA summer camp, which is a place for kids dealing with muscle disease to be with others sharing similar experiences. The 2015 MDA Muscle Walk of Los Angeles occurred on April 18 and raised more than $67,000.

Operation Smile Has Presence in More Than 60 Countries

Since 2003, George Argyros Jr. has served as president of Elite Financial Group, LLC, a private provider of financial and insurance products. George Argyros Jr. shares his success with others by making contributions to many causes, including Operation Smile. A charity focused on ensuring children around the globe receive safe surgery to repair cleft palates and cleft lips, Operation Smile has been in existence since 1982.

Founded by plastic surgeon Dr. William Magee Jr. and his wife, Operation Smile today has a presence in more than 60 countries, with a network of medical volunteers from 80 countries. Every year, the organization conducts hundreds of missions to countries around the globe. Because medical infrastructure varies in different parts of the world, Operation Smile assesses conditions in each country to understand the best approaches to assist as many children as possible. In every country, the team collaborates with local health professionals to deliver quality care in native languages to child patients.

To support patients’ need for ongoing care, Operation Smile also has developed centers for patients who need longer-term assistance or more complex treatments.

American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart Event

An entrepreneur and executive based in Newport Beach, California, George Argyros Jr. serves as chief executive officer of Elite Financial Group, LLC, and Leveraged Life, Inc., a national firm that offers turnkey life insurance programs. George Argyros Jr. is also involved with a number of charitable organizations and donates to causes including the American Heart Association.

As part of its mission to raise awareness and encourage heart health, the American Heart Association sponsors national events, such as the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. Cosponsored by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), the event invites elementary and middle school students to engage in heart-healthy activities, like jump-roping, while raising money for various American Heart Association programs.

In addition to learning the importance of exercise, participants experience the benefits of community service and can take pride in helping children with special needs. To learn more or to organize a Jump Rope for Heart event, visit http://www.heart.org.