Community Involvement


Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Recognizes Northwestern Mutual for its Support of Childhood Cancer Research

It’s with heartfelt gratitude that we say thank you to Northwestern Mutual for raising critical funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Together, Northwestern Mutual offices raised more than $515,000 through its Race for Research. These dollars will support 10,300 hours of childhood cancer research. Thank you Northwestern Mutual for joining us in the fight. You are making a difference!

Liz and Jay Scott
Co-executive directors, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation


At Northwestern Mutual we not only want to create an environment for exceptional performance personally, professionally, and financially but we also believe in giving back to the community. The John Theissen Children's Foundation is the charitable organization that we support to ensure the success of their mission of benefiting sick and underprivileged children across Long Island.

Northwestern Mutual Community Impact Award presented to the Quinlan Financial GroupThe Eastern Region’s 2013 Community Impact Award went to the Abbass network office in Melville, N.Y. The team accepted the award for their work with The John Theissen Children’s Foundation, which supports sick and underprivileged children and their families.

Don Larkin, a financial representative, has worked with others in the office to coordinate various fundraisers for the foundation, including an annual toy drive during the holidays.

The foundation will receive a $50,000 grant from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation on behalf of the Abbass network office. The donation will be allocated to grant wishes for sick and underprivileged children, and to assist with medical expenses, family travel accommodations and funeral expenses.

Foundation President John Kordsmeierpresented the award during the Eastern Regional Meeting on Jan. 8. Watch a video from the meeting for more about this inspirational team and nonprofit group.

Background information about JTCF from John Theissen:

"In 1992, I founded The John Theissen Children’s Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. When I was 17 years old I was hospitalized for a brain tumor at a local children’s hospital. During my stay, my family and I befriended a seven-year old girl named Tasha. This little girl was in and out of the hospital throughout the year receiving different treatments for her illness. She received very little family support. She was dropped off and then picked up again when it was time to go home without having a visitor.

Tasha was very excited about a holiday party sponsored by the hospital staff and was expecting her family to attend. They unfortunately did not. I was still too ill but my family agreed to take her. When Santa asked her what she had wanted, Tasha replied, “I would like a teddy bear for my friend upstairs.” I felt fortunate to be that friend. Her positive attitude and generous spirit inspired me. When I got out off the hospital I wanted to help children just like Tasha.

In 1992, I held a toy drive during the holidays to benefit children in local hospitals. During the first toy drive, I collected over 800 hundred new toys in just two weeks and brought them to three different hospitals. Well that was the beginning of what has become a year round organization. Since 1992, we have collected over 550,000 new toys and donate them to sick and underprivileged children in over 185 hospitals and child-care facilities across Long Island year round. We also donate therapeutic and recreational equipment. Donations enabled us to fulfill wishes and help families with medical expenses. In 15 years, we have never said no to a child in need. "

Learn more about The John Theissen Children’s Foundation, http://www.jtcf.org

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