Findlay Automotive supports St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
For over 50 years St. Jude’s Ranch for Children has provided a safe, nurturing home for thousands of abused and neglected children. This remarkable place is one of Southern Nevada’s most successful nonprofit organizations. It offers unique services including housing for homeless families and singles, employment and education assistance, sibling preservation for families separated in foster care, and family support services to provide caregivers skills and resources they need before children are removed from the home. Its mission is to “Transform the lives of abused and at-risk children, young adults and families by empowering them to create new choices and new hope in a caring community.”
Findlay Automotive is a proud supporter of St. Jude’s Ranch. Findlay Strategic Projects Director Kristin Vargas said, “I was drawn to [St. Jude’s Ranch] being from Las Vegas… I didn’t know it was open to the public, or that it has a chapel or thrift store, or that it receives donations and support from some of the largest businesses and organizations in Nevada, including the gaming resorts. Vargas continued, “After obtaining a deeper understanding of the work they do… I was just so inspired to involve myself and find out what we could do to help.”
Vargas is not the only person who has been inspired by the vision of St. Jude’s Ranch’s founder Father Jack Adam, who imagined a place were neglected children could feel loved. Many iconic Las Vegas celebrities have lent their names and talents in supporting St. Jude’s Ranch and its mission. As part of one of the original fundraising galas, stars like Jack Benny, Shecky Greene, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra performed. In fact, the City of Boulder City provided the 40 acres of land for a campus, and many others donated their time and energy to help develop the property.
Findlay’s Chief Financial Officer Tyler Corder said, “St. Jude’s Ranch for Children provides a crucial safety net for some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Their mission to care for abused, abandoned and neglected children is so important that we want to help in any way we can. Our Findlay employees have been inspired each time we’ve visited the campus for a volunteer event. We’re grateful for the work done at St. Jude’s Ranch and we’ll continue to look for ways to support their work.”
A highlight for Findlay was this last Christmas season. Findlay thought these children deserved to have lights on their houses during Christmas time. Through Findlay employees like Vargas and Corder, Findlay was able to organize both the lighting of the homes as well as sponsoring a large-scale toy drive, through Findlay Toyota. St. Jude’s Ranch for Children CEO Dr. Christina Vela said, ”[Findlay] sponsored a toy drive and the amount of generosity from employees and customers from Findlay made sure our kids had an incredible Christmas morning. I can’t thank them enough.” Dr. Vela continued, “The community saw the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children is a cool place for kids to live. Because of Findlay it all was a huge success.”
Findlay Automotive Group is grateful to assist St. Jude’s Ranch in remaining true to its mission: rescue the abused, abandoned and neglected children and provide a safe, nurturing and therapeutic home for them.
For volunteer opportunities or to support St. Jude’s Ranch please visit, https://stjudesranch.org/
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Caption: (Left to right) Tyler Corder CFO Findlay Automotive, Dr. Christina Vela CEO St Jude’s Ranch for Children and Kristin Vargas Strategic Projects Director Findlay Automotive.