CF Cycle for Life - INO Cares

It was a beautiful morning! Although chilly and very windy, it was still a great day for a bike ride. We bundled up, broke out the spandex and jumped on our bicycles to participate in the Cystic Fibrosis Ride for Life at Herrington Harbour in North Beach, Maryland. Our November INO Cares project was a great success. We helped the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation raise over $40K and we had two newbie cyclists each finish a 20 and 40 mile race! Family and friends came to cheer on our riders and join us for a great after-party.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a fantastic organization that funds research in hopes of finding a cure to this fatal genetic disorder. Learn more about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the nationwide Cycle For Life events.

Best,

Lindsay Bittinger
The INO Cares Team

Duffey Footprints 5K & Toni Hansen - INO Cares

We had so many amazing organizations and events that we wanted to select for our August INO Cares Campaign. We just couldn’t choose between them, so we decided to carryover the giving into September.

If you recall, in August we sent a donation to Hope For Guatemala, as a close friend of the INO.com family was traveling to the area on a missions trip. Read all about the organization and Richard Lusk’s adventure.
Duffey Footprints
This month, we would like to highlight two causes that are very near and dear to our hearts!

INO.com partner, David Maher and his wife, Amy Maher, are very involved in the youth program at their church in Moorefield, West Virginia. Amy and Dave are passionate about personal and spiritual health in their tight-knit community. Along with other church members, the Mahers helped the youth group and community members train and prepare for a 5K. The final event was the Duffy Footprints 5k/1Mile Race to raise money for the new Family Life Center and youth programs at Duffey Memorial United Methodist Church.

This self-improvement program used the Run For God curriculum. Run For God began as a 2010 Bible study that paralleled faith and endurance. Since then, tens of thousands have walked successfully though this program and many have adopted new lifestyles which value both physical and spiritual health.

The Mahers also recognize that their home state of West Virginia is a state with one of the highest obesity rates in the country. The CDC reports that 67.4% of adults living in West Virginia are overweight and adolescent obesity is on an up-trend. The Duffy Footprints 5k/1Mile Race was an amazing opportunity to promote healthy living and exercise in their community, while also raising money for a Family Life Center that will help strengthen families in their spiritual faith.

The Duffy Footprints Race took place on August 2nd, 2014. There were approximately 115 runners and the event raised $3,100.

INO.com was proud to sponsor this race and provided the t-shirts for the runners. Because of this, 100% of the registration fee and race proceeds were given to the Duffey Memorial UMC to support their Family Life Center program. We hope that the congregation will make this an annual event!

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There was also a cause that came up quickly and we felt compelled to send aid. In August we wrote about Traders For Toni. This fundraiser was set-up by some of the most well-known and respected traders in the industry to help fellow trader, Toni Hansen.

Toni Hansen is a mother, author, trader, teacher, and friend to many people in the trading community. She has personal relationships with those here at INO.com and her call for help has been heard loud and clear!

After blacking out at home, Toni was taken to the ER. After numerous hospital visits, spinal taps, CT scans and MRIs, Toni has been accurately diagnosed with a spinal fluid leak. The doctors were able to treat her and she is currently in the recovery process. Unfortunately, her insurance company has denied a bulk of her claim and her medical bills have become unmanageable.

INO.com has made a donation to Toni to help ease the burden of out-of-pocket costs for her procedure. To learn more about Toni’s story or to make a contribution, please visit her fundraising page.

If you have any ideas for a future INO Cares campaign, please send them our way!

Best,

The INO Cares Team

Traders Paying It Forward

Hi Traders,

For our INO.com Cares campaign, we usually select an organization that is near and dear to our heart. It is rare that we come across an organization or event where we can weave our love of trading together with our desire to help others. That is why we had to tell you about TRADERS FOR TONI.

Toni HansenToni Hansen is a mother, author, trader, teacher, and friend to many people in the trading community. She has personal relationships with those here at INO.com and her call for help has been heard loud and clear!

After blacking out at home, Toni was taken to the ER. After numerous hospital visits, spinal taps, CT scans and MRIs, Toni has been accurately diagnosed with a spinal fluid leak. The doctors were able to treat her and she is currently in the recovery process. Unfortunately, her insurance company has denied a bulk of her claim and her medical bills have become unmanageable.

Her friends in the trading community have decided to setup and host TRADERS FOR TONI. This charity benefit will feature an all-star lineup of traders, each sharing their best trading setup or favorite strategy. Every single penny raised will go to Toni and her family, so these expert traders are doing this out of the kindness of their hearts!

The TRADERS FOR TONI event will be held THIS SATURDAY, August 16th. Access to the all day, online event is only $25. If you cannot make it, you can access a recording of the event.

See the lineup below. Please help us help Toni! INO.com will be making a donation for our September INO Cares Campaign to show our support and we hope our blog visitors will consider attending this great fundraiser!

Speaker Lineup
9am - Price Headley: Options 1:30pm - Rob Hoffman: Futures/Stocks/Options
9:30am - Pat Barham: Futures 2pm - Mark Helweg: Futures
10am - Ron Haydt: Stock/Options 2:30pm - Brian Stickney: Forex
10:30am - Adam Mesh: Stocks 2:30pm - Vince Vora: ETFs
11am - Aamar Hussein: Futures/Forex 3:30pm - John Seville: Stocks
11:30am - Corey Rosenbloom: Futures/ETFs 4pm - Bob Lang: Options
12pm - Damon Pavlator: Futures 4:30pm - Steve Place: Options
12:30pm - AJ Brown: Options 5pm - Andrew Keene: Unusual Options Activity
1pm - Norm Hallett: Discipline

Learn more about TRADERS FOR TONI!

Hope For Guatemala - INO Cares

Hope For GuatemalaWe were so incredibly fortunate to be told about a wonderful organization doing amazing things in Guatemala. INO.com President and co-founder, Adam Hewison, learned about this mission work from his daughter’s father-in-law, Richard Lusk, who has been participating with Hope For Guatemala for over 3 years.

When doing mission work for Hope, Richard Lusk primarily teaches micro-entrepreneurship to the Guatemalan locals with the hopes that they will be able to create and sustain profitable businesses which will remove them from the poverty that is so rampant in Zone 18, the poorest section in Guatemala City.

Hope for Guatemala also provides nutritional breakfast and lunch meals to over 250 children, as well as educational instruction, extracurricular activities and vocational training to over 120 families. Among having farmers donate produce, the organization is also farming and starting a fishery to create a sustainable food source for the families of Zone 18.

Mr. Lusk was kind enough to hand-deliver an INO Cares check to the founders of Hope For Guatemala during his trip. We selected this amazing organization for the month of August, even though we sent funds a tad early.

Mr. Lusk sent a little note once he returned to the states,

"Adam, 

I just returned from Guatemala last night and I wanted to share some pictures of the Hope for Guatemala visit we made. It was a great visit and God's love definitely shows to these little kids that are served by this ministry!!

Jose and Erin Armas (the founders of Hope for Guatemala) were so grateful for your donation. Jose and Erin are about 35 years old. He is from Guatemala City and she is from the US. They have 3 kids of their own. They started Hope about 8 years ago. They feed around 275 kids a day, 2 meals per day, 5 days a week. They also help with school work, learning a skill/craft for the older kids as well as improve their nutrition levels. They have recently acquired a horse, and the reward for good grades is a ride on the horse. They have the only library and computer lab in Zone 18 (the poorest zone in the city).

This funding will help them tremendously and they really appreciate it so much. They make a dollar go sooooo far with their hard work and volunteer staff and the kids are in desperate need of nutrition, teaching and for someone to give them care and love. 

Your contribution will help insure that this will continue to happen. It was a pleasure to present them with your donation on your behalf.

Thanks again for thinking of Hope for Guatemala and your generosity.

All the best,
Richard"

Learn more about Hope for Guatemala, how you can contribute or even volunteer! We wish Jose and Erin Armas the best as they continue this important work. Thank you Richard again for taking our donation right to the founders!

Best,

The INO Cares Team

INO Sponsors 5 Nepalese Students - INO Cares

Traders,

I wanted to share an incredible story with you in the spirit of our INO Cares campaign. It is amazing how one person can make such a tremendous impact and how a chance encounter can turn into something so wonderful!

INO Cares - Nepal SchoolAfter graduating from college in January of 2005, Maryland resident, Mikey Church, decided to take a bicycle ride with his friends from Amsterdam to Cairo and then from India to China. They day they entered Nepal, the King dissolved the government and declared martial law. This caused Maoist Rebels to declare a strike across the country resulting in a halt in travel and commerce. Mikey and his friends happen to cross paths with local village residents and brothers, Ujjwal and Bol Bhat.

Ujjwal encouraged Mikey and his friends to stay with his family until political tensions eased. During this stay, the American boys spoke often with Ujjwal about the poor access to education in Nepal, especially for girls and the desperately poor, and also about Ujjwal’s dream to open a school. Mikey safely returned home, but did not forget the conversations he had with the Nepalese brothers.

Mikey and Ujjwal kept in touch for a few years. When Mikey married his wife in 2008, he asked his guests to make donations in lieu of wedding gifts. Mikey was able to send this money to Ujjwal to open the doors of the Mikey Medium English School, a three room school house in Bauniyan, Kailali to 40 students, 20 of which were girls.

In a letter sent to family and friends, Mikey said, "I am a firm believer in the parable, 'Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.' The benefits of basic education need not be reiterated here. They are plentiful and convincing. Never the less, here is a refresher. Girls who are educated are better able to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS, marry later in life, have healthier children and have work opportunities beyond the home. Boys who are educated may be able to break a family cycle of hard labor and typically earn more than their non-educated counterparts."

Read the full story about Mikey's journey and the Mikey Medium English School.

Today, the Mikey Medium English School enrolls 100 students and employs 5 teachers. Fifty percent of the students are females and fifty percent are desperately poor. Class size does not exceed 20 students. For only $200, Grassroots Education Nepal provides a student at the Mikey Medium English School year-round education, textbooks and supplies, two student uniforms (including socks and shoes), a backpack and sweater.

For our June INO Cares campaign, we are proud to offer scholarships to 5 students so they can attend the Mikey Medium English School for 1 year!

This is such a wonderful story and we could not be more honored to give the gift of education to a handful of Nepalese youth, as well as continue the dream of an American kid and a pair of Nepalese brothers!

To contribute to Grassroots Education Nepal or sponsor a student of your own, please visit Mikey Medium English School’s page.

I hope you enjoyed this story. If you have any ideas for a future INO Cares campaign, please send them our way!

Best,

The INO Cares Team