My name is Michael Gelber, President and CEO of Alexis Ventures LLC, which owns and operates RailBridge Cellars Winery, Strings Urban Kitchen, Alexis Catering, Libations by Alexis, The Elks Tower Event Center and our newest restaurant opening in October, RailBridge Cellars & Company. Our mission statement is comprised of one word, “Experience”. This is not just for our clients, but for our employees too, and of course, our philanthropic philosophy of doing what we can to enhance the experience of a child.
I have always found myself being drawn to supporting those organizations that are focused with positively impacting the life of a child, having been a past board member for the Child Abuse Prevention Council, supporting many children’s groups and fundraising activities, and most recently providing support with awareness to the efforts of 3Strands Global, which is fighting human trafficking. And now, I am proud to help support awareness for Sierra Forever Families, with raising as much money as possible to support their efforts. My Facebook home page says it all for me, “Die with memories, not dreams”.
Founded in 1983, Sierra Forever Families is an organization that is committed to placing foster children in healthy loving homes, bringing the total number of children placed to 3,200. SFF believes every child needs and deserves a permanent, loving family, and I could not agree with this more. Through their agency’s innovative programs, most notably Copper For Kids it has become an industry leader known for advocating and finding homes for all children, including hard to place children such as older youth and large sibling groups.
My father would always have a tradition when giving or donating money, to have it be in a multiple of 18. Eighteen is the numerical value of the Hebrew word "chai" which means "life." It is a Jewish custom to give monetary gifts in increments of 18, thus symbolically blessing the recipient of the gift with a good long life. And, when giving to charity, the number 18 has another significance….It expresses our prayer that the merit of the charity given, stand in our good stead, that we bless with life and prosperity. Please provide what you can towards this important organization, and if you would be sure to have your donation be in a multiple of 18, this would be extra meaningful for me, as well as for those children you are helping support to have a life filled with memories, and not just dreams.