May 31, 2016
May 25, 2016
Kids show how much they’re grown since their days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Miracle Babies was founded by Dr. Sean Daneshmand in 2009 to provide financial support to families with a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). He understands the struggles NICU families face because of his own experience caring for his daughter who was born prematurely at 34 weeks.
The Sundt Foundation’s $3,000 grant helps the organization’s Family Assistance Program (FAP) provide support to disadvantaged families facing a prolonged NICU stay. Many low-income families require basic transportation to visit their babies.
“Support from the Sundt Foundation has helped us fulfill our mission by providing vital financial and supportive services to families in the NICU,” said Miracle Babies Director of Operations Joelle Felton Lackey. “The majority of NICU stays are unexpected, overwhelming and often life-changing.”
The FAP seeks to improve health outcomes for NICU babies by making it possible for families to bring breast milk to their babies and provide them with “kangaroo care,” a method in which infants are held skin-to-skin with a parent, usually the mother, for as many hours as possible every day.
By offsetting the cost of transportation and other expenses that might impede parents’ ability to visit the NICU, Miracle Babies support allows parents, especially those struggling financially, to meet the most basic immediate needs of their critically ill babies in a way that no one else can: a constant, loving embrace and nutrient-rich breast milk. Frequent visitation improves the health and well-being of parents and their newborn and improves family bonding.
“Miracle Babies is a very small group that has a large impact,” said Sundt Employee-Owner Jessica Beyer, part of the Foundation committee that chooses grant recipients. “They are there to give hope when it is needed most. It is our pleasure to support them in their mission to assist families of babies who spend time in the NICU.”
Last year, Miracle Babies served more than 1,300 families through its FAP. In 2016, the organization hopes to serve at least half of the 6,000 families with newborns admitted to Level III and Level IV NICUs in San Diego County.
“Although many people in San Diego need NICU support services, local resources are few, and many families lack the resources and financial support they need to weather a prolonged NICU stay,” Joelle said. “Miracle Babies responds to the unmet need to provide financial, educational and emotional support to San Diego families caring for a baby in the NICU.”
May 17, 2016
Rob Foster (left) and Brad Kirsch (right) have been recognized as up-and-coming professionals in the San Diego area.
Two of Sundt’s employee-owners have been named winners of 40 Under 40 awards from The Daily Transcript in San Diego.
Rob Foster and Brad Kirsch earned the honors as rising stars in the community. Rob is a Lead Estimator who has been in the field for 10 years. Brad is Vice President for Preconstruction in our California District and has been in the industry for 15 years.
Rob has been a key team member at our largest projects in San Diego. He was a Project Building information Modeling Manager and the lead for Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Systems for the $272 million San Diego International Airport (SDIA) Terminal 2 Landside Expansion. He held a primary role in reaching a Guaranteed Maximum Price Agreement, preconstruction planning and subcontractor procurement for SDIA’s $232 million Rental Car Center.
He has shown that he is a results-oriented, focused team leader as well as an active member of the community through the Sundt Foundation and volunteer activities. He has worked with Embrace’s Helping Our Heroes’ Homes, which restores the houses of low-income, disabled veteran homeowners.
Brad has assembled an impressive resume of successful, well-executed projects valued at more than $742 million, including key work in the San Diego community including Cathedral Catholic High School, Mater Dei High School, Sony Electronics Corporate Headquarters, the SDIA Terminal 2 Landside Improvements and the SDIA Rental Car Center.
He is involved in the construction industry through the Associated General Contractors of America, San Diego Chapter. Brad has given to the Sundt Foundation for 15 years and is active on the San Diego committee selecting charities to receive grants. He also has been involved in numerous volunteer efforts and events.
Awardees came from real estate, construction, law, financial services and government. Some were individual business owners and operators.
March 18, 2016
Our Northern California employee-owners and trade partners turned out in big numbers last Friday to raise $28,500 for ALS research during Sundt’s latest Mike Gaines Golf Tournament.
We had 107 players show up at Sacramento’s Woodcreek Golf Club for a day of fun and fundraising. The events are held in honor of Mike Gaines, a longtime Sundt employee who died in 2002 from ALS complications. The company hosts five golf tournaments and a trap shooting event each year to raise money and awareness in the battle against the deadly disease.
The next Mike Gaines event is June 10 in San Diego. Tournaments have already been held this year in Tucson and Phoenix.
February 15, 2016
Aly Gartin, third from right, organizes all six MIke Gaines charity events Sundt puts on every year.
Today is the first Mike Gaines Charity Golf Tournament of the year, one of six events Sundt hosts in memory of a beloved former employee-owner. Mike died in 2002 from ALS complications and the company hosts five golf tournaments and a trap shooting event each year to raise money and awareness in the battle against the deadly disease.
Sundt Estimating Coordinator Aly Gartin plays a crucial role in organizing the events, which are held in Tucson, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio and San Diego. Her hard work and commitment to the cause are the result of her friendship with Mike, an employee-owner who served the company for more than two decades.
Aly, who has been with Sundt for 33 years, recently took time to talk about Mike and the importance of the events that keep his memory alive.
What kind of person was Mike?
Fun. He was very team-oriented. ‘Let’s have a happy hour, let’s have a family picnic, let’s celebrate.’ Something else that speaks to what kind of person Mike was: His original doctor from MDA is now the Executive VP and Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at MDA and still attends the Tucson tournament when she’s in town. She speaks fondly of Mike and his courage and drive to fight as long as he could.
How did you get involved in planning the events?
Mike wanted me to watch the $20,000 Hole-in-One hole. I stepped in to do the finances and paperwork at year two. (Former Sundt employee-owners) Monty Suttle, Corky Collins and I are the champions because of our longtime friendship with Mike, to keep it about his memory and raising money for ALS research.
How much have the events grown over the years?
Sundt’s been so great to let us spread to the different offices. Each office has had a connection to Mike and we’ve been able to carry his memory on to the next one. We’ve watched each tournament grow and become more popular. We want to be the charity event of choice when people can only spend ‘X’ amount of money out of their discretionary budget. They spend it on golf for ALS research.
What kind of reactions do you get from players after the events?
Everyone always has such a good time and seems to appreciate the opportunity to do a good deed. They know their money’s going to the cause. It’s a good time to network and catch up with friends; we have retirees golf, upper management comes out, our own former President and CEO J. Doug Pruitt even plays the Phoenix tournament each year.
What does it mean to you to carry Mike’s legacy forward?
Mike was a great guy, a hard worker, and a good friend. He deserves to be remembered. I’m proud to be part of that effort! I keep thinking and hoping it’ll be that next tournament’s donations that help pay to find the cure.
Mike Gaines golf tournaments are held in Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Sacramento and Tucson.
The first Mike Gaines event of the year tees it up at Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson on March 18.
Sundt keeps the spirit of a former employee-owner alive through golf tournaments and trap shoots that raise money for ALS research.
Mike Gaines died in 2002 after battling ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He spent his last years teaming with the Sundt Foundation to establish the Mike Gaines Charitable Fundraising Events. He wanted to ensure that a cure would be found for the progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS usually strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and approximately 20,000 Americans have the disease at any given time.
The first golf event was held in Tucson in 2001 and tournaments were added in Phoenix, San Diego, Sacramento and San Antonio. A trap shoot was later added in Tucson. All the events raise money, almost $1.6 million to date, for research by the Muscular Dystrophy Association and ALS Association.
“He had no idea we would keep going,” said Sundt Employee-Owner Aly Gartin, a friend of Mike’s who plays a crucial role in organizing the events. “He probably thought the events would end when he passed.”
The first event of 2016 is a golf tournament in Tucson on March 18 at Arizona National Golf Club. Our company invites our many friends to join us as we raise money and awareness in the fight against ALS.
For a list of events, please click here.