ABA Gives Back

Since Marketplace 2007, ABA Gives Back has raised more than $347,000 for local charities. The Marketplace Advisory Committee selects a charity with a tie to the host city to raise funds for during the week of ABA Marketplace.

2019 ABA Gives Back Charity: Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs

The Backside Learning Center is an independent, non-profit organization serving the equine workers and families at Churchill Downs. They provide adult education programs, after-school and summer youth programs and social services. 

Their goal is to build community and enrich the lives of equine workers and families by providing the educational opportunities and resources they need to empower themselves and their children. 

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ABA Gives Back History

2018 Marketplace Charity: Isabella Santos Foundation

Established in 2009 in Charlotte, N.C., The Isabella Santos Foundation was founded in honor of Isabella Santos who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at the age of two. Neuroblastoma is a rare cancer that affects approximately 750 children a year, with the survival rate of less than 40%. Isabella battled the disease for five years, but due to the lack of funding for pediatric cancer, she sadly lost her battle. The Isabella Santos Foundation continues in honor of Isabella’s mission to find a cure for pediatric cancer. Since 2009, The Isabella Santos Foundation has donated more than $1,500,000 to Neuroblastoma cancer research and local children’s charities. 

2017 Marketplace Charity: Providence House

Providence House is a crisis nursery that provides emergency shelter and care for children, newborn through 10 years old, who are at risk of abuse or neglect due to family crisis.  While children stay at Providence House for up to 60 days, their parents engage in services to stabilize, strengthen and preserve their families.  This year 400 babies and children will be served by Providence House.

2016 Marketplace Charity: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

As the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to accelerating a cure for Parkinson’s disease and improved therapies for those living with the condition today. The Foundation pursues its goals through an aggressively funded, highly targeted research program coupled with active global engagement of scientists, Parkinson’s patients, business leaders, clinical trial participants, donors and volunteers. In addition to funding more than $500 million in research to date, the Foundation has fundamentally altered the trajectory of progress toward a cure. Operating at the hub of worldwide Parkinson’s research, the Foundation forges groundbreaking collaborations with industry leaders, academic scientists and government research funders; increases the flow of participants into Parkinson’s disease clinical trials with its online tool, Fox Trial Finder; promotes Parkinson’s awareness through high-profile advocacy, events and outreach; and coordinates the grassroots involvement of thousands of Team Fox members around the world.

2015 Marketplace Charity: Stray Rescue of St. Louis

Stray Rescue’s mission is to lead the way towards making St. Louis a compassionate city where every companion animal knows health, comfort, and affection, and no stray is euthanized merely because he or she has been abandoned, abused, or neglected. As part of our mission, Stray Rescue is out on the streets daily taking a progressive, proactive approach to establishing a permanent resolution to the stray companion animal problem through dedicated rescue efforts, sheltering, community outreach programs, education, collaborations, and the encouragement of responsible pet guardianship.

2014 Marketplace Charity: Thistle Farms

Thistle Farms is a social enterprise of women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction, and life on the streets that is run by the women of Magdalene. By hand the women create natural body care products. Magdalene is the 2-year residential community. We believe love is stronger than all the forces that drive women to the streets.

Thistle Farms employs over 40 Magdalene residents or graduates. While working at Thistle Farms, women learn skills in manufacturing, packaging, marketing and sales, and administration. It is a supportive workplace where women acquire the skills they need to earn a living wage. Employees have the opportunity to put a percentage of their earnings in a matched savings account provided by Magdalene. Through Thistle Farms, the women of Magdalene gain much needed job skills, and learn responsibility and cooperation.

2013 Marketplace Charity: A Child's Place

A Child’s Place (ACP) works to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education. ACP began in 1989 when a group of women were walking through the cemetery in downtown Charlotte and noticed a group of kids playing. When asked why the kids were not in school the children explained that they were not allowed to enroll in school without a permanent address. The group of women began offering school for this group of 27 children in a one room schoolhouse provided by First Presbyterian Church with a teacher from CMS. In 1989, the McKinney-Vento Act was passed protecting the educational rights of homeless children ensuring they are provided the necessities they need to regularly attend school. Since that first class of 27 ACP client children we have grown to help 2,228 homeless children during the 2011-12 school year.

2012 Marketplace Charity: GRACE (Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange)

GRACE demonstrates compassion for those less fortunate by providing assistance to individuals and families in crisis and guidance toward self-sufficiency.  GRACE provides assistance to those who are suffering from chronic low income or those who've experienced a recent emergency.

2011 Marketplace Charity: Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). At the age of 4, Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of volunteers across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $30 million towards fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 100 research projects nationally.

2010 Marketplace Charity: Yellow Ribbon Fund

The Yellow Ribbon Fund was created in early 2005 to assist our injured service members and their families while they recuperate at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center. Our mission began when the father of an injured Marine introduced two of our volunteers to staff at Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval and they told us what needs were not met by other donors.

2009 Marketplace Charity: Carolina Breast Friends

Established in November 2003 by Kristy Adams-Ebel, CBF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to uniting and helping women with breast cancer in all stages of survival. The organization centers around those who want to create a social and educational outlet for women united in a sisterhood of survival and hope.

2008 Marketplace Charity: American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

2007 Marketplace Charity: Joey Wilkins Foundation

The Joey Wilkins Foundation was founded in 1999 as a result of an accident that left an employee of the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau partially paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury. Since its inception the Foundation has invested over $300,000 in home remodeling and transportation to help those recently paralyzed due to spinal cord injury, continue to live a productive life of independence. Since 1999 the Foundation has focused assistance on over 20 individuals in Grapevine and the surrounding communities.