The Security Traders Association of Chicago has made community service a priority and as a result, garnered the STA 2014 Biggest Heart Award. Below are some examples of how STAC members are giving back and how you can help.
Ronald McDonald HouseThe Security Traders Association of Chicago (STAC) has partnered with the Ronald McDonald House® near Lurie Children’s (RMH) as part of its efforts to increase community service. Monthly Board of Director meetings are held at RMH and the Directors and Advisors stay after the meeting to lend a hand with whatever needs to be done.
In September 2015, STAC will be sending a volunteer group for a second year to participate in their Meals from the Heart Program, where we will cook and serve dinner for the families with hospitalized children who are staying at the home.
The Night Ministry
The Security Traders Association of Chicago proudly supports The Night Ministry. With and open heart and an open mind, The Night Ministry provides housing, health care and human connection to members of the Chicago community who are struggling with poverty or homelessness. You can support The Night Ministry by shopping on Amazon and registering at smile.amazon.com today. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to The Night Ministry.
ScholarshipsThe Security Traders Association of Chicago has established a charitable fund in part to provide scholarship opportunities for ANY student that meets the eligibility requirements determined by the STAC Fund Board.. While STAC members, their spouses and/or their dependent children are eligible, relationship to a STAC member is not required to apply. The opportunity is promoted to colleges and universities across the state and also through various non-profit organizations such as After School Matters and the Posse Foundation. In 2015, the STAC Scholarship Fund made $30,000 in scholarship grants, nearly a 70% increase over 2014, awarding six $6,000 scholarships to these deserving students.
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Next Generation OutreachSTAC’s Next Generation Outreach is a program designed to introduce undergrad upperclassmen and graduate students to security trading as a career option. STAC has 30 student members as a result of this program and the next event is a mock trading session at the CBOE on August 4.
STAC members and students interested in security trading as a career option take part in a mock trading session courtesy of the Chicago Board Options Exchange.
The Security Traders Association of Chicago’s charitable arm, the STAC Scholarship Fund hosts various fundraising activities throughout the year to cover the costs of scholarships, community service activities and charitable grants. In addition to raffles held throughout the year, the STAC Fund plans the following fundraisers:
Texas Hold ’Em TournamentHeld in the fall this popular events draws 200+ poker players competing for prizes and bragging rights. This year’s event takes place October 15 at the iconic Gibson’s Steakhouse and features other gaming activities for non poker players. More than $16,000 was raised for the STAC Fund.
STAC Fund Face-Off
STAC held its second annual STAC Fund Face-Off on July 16. Participants had a terrific time, $15,000 was raised for the STAC Fund and only a minimal amount of blood (and one tooth) was shed!
The STAC Board will continue its monthly volunteer service with the Ronald McDonald House and open up opportunities for the STA Chicago membership at large to volunteer as well. Upon hearing of the partnership, STAC members were very vocal in their strong support of the initiative, with many making generous cash donations.
Plans are to continue volunteer service at the Ronald McDonald House and Night Ministry.
Thank you for your consideration for the STA Biggest Heart Award.
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