Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I hope this message finds you well. As we near the holiday season and begin to reflect on and give thanks for the things and people we cherish, I wanted to take a moment and share an update with those that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with over the years.
One year ago my family and I made a decision to dedicate our time and resources to helping others; sharing our good fortune with the people and causes important to us, and with the organizations and charities we felt would create the biggest impact. It was with that decision that we established the Friese Foundation, and what a year it has been!
We set out to make a difference in people’s lives. We have. Our first priority was to establish the foundational pillars of where we felt we had the biggest obligation and the greatest capacity to create positive change. We’ve since identified those causes: Veterans and Active Military, Mental Health, Humanitarian Aid, Healthcare Services, Child Poverty, Youth Programs, Animal Rights, and, last but not least, the Glass Industry.
I’m happy to report that we’ve already fulfilled grants to some amazing organizations such as: Salvation Army, USO, American Red Cross, National Veterans Foundation, St. Jude Research Hospital, ChildHelp Inc., and many, many others.
This year at GlassBuild America, the National Glass Association (NGA) recognized our contributions to support recruitment and education within the glass and glazing industries. We saw this as an opportunity to give back to the very industry that not only provided for my own family, but also the families of the thousands of people I employed over my decades-long career at C.R. Laurence. You can read more about this HERE and watch the video interview below.
These are just a few of our accomplishments over the last year. While we’re very proud, we’re not done. We will continue to support the organizations we believe in, and constantly look to identify new opportunities and deserving causes. It is our hope that our acts of philanthropy will inspire generosity in you and others. We welcome your ideas, and would be happy to discuss how you can help get involved with the great organizations we’ve partnered with. Please keep in touch.