That evening, approximately 600 people attended a banquet for GKTW with a silent auction and other fundraising efforts.
Insurance professionals do this every day as part of their jobs, and all of those who participated at GKTW as part of the WCEC volunteer effort demonstrated that insurers comprise individuals who have chosen this field because they care about improving the lives of not only their policyholders, but also those who are experiencing a wide variety of trials and challenges, and in some cases, literally fighting a battle that is life or death.
I signed up for the work day, and 29 other unsuspecting conference organizers and participants and I loaded up on a bus and headed off to GKTW. The temperature was just under 98 degrees, but the humidity and dead still air made it feel closer to 125.
Immediately afterward, I signed up to become an individual volunteer at GKTW. My very first assignment was in the kiddy spa; I'd had a particularly stressful day at work, and I was grouchy as I spent 90 minutes in traffic to get to the camp.
My time spent with GKTW since then has been a wonderful journey.
Since that group of 30 insurance/legal/medical professionals headed out to GKTW on that hot August day, we've returned each year during the conference.
Naval Academy and Columbia Business School, came to GKTW, he found an organization with great fundamentals and a first-rate team of people.
As he says, "Don't assume that just because it's a nonprofit it doesn't require the same level of discipline and rigor as a public board." Short's success in advancing GKTW is a testament to his having taken his role with the board seriously.
Short's role with GKTW can best be described as a Promoter: He has played a leadership role in taking a good organization to new heights.
(Everything included in a visit to these attractions is donated to GKTW by the attractions themselves.)
GKTW has become an escape from the routine of doctors and hospitals.
In response, he founded GKTW in a small office at his hotel, and was able to serve 329 families that year.