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Brandon Epilepsy Services Foundation wins grant


Published:   |   Updated: July 11, 2014 at 09:50 AM

Brandon resident Bryon A. Holz, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, CASL, on behalf of the Million Dollar Round Table’s Worldwide Grant Program, presented a check for $5,000 to Tom Orth, executive director of the Epilepsy Services Foundation, June 26 in Tampa.

The grant, “one of our biggest grants ever, is very meaningful and much needed,” said Orth. “It will go toward a new program, the Grace’s Hope Hospital Visitation Program, which helps families who have recently had a child diagnosed with epilepsy. All the volunteers either have epilepsy or are parents of a child affected by it and can walk through the new diagnosis with them.”

Holz recently returned from the Million Dollar Round Table in Toronto, where about 8,600 of the world’s top producing financial services professionals gathered for their annual meeting. Grants, ranging from $3,500 to $25,000, were awarded to members’ designated charities. The top eight, including the Quality of Life Grant Holz won, were announced from the main stage.

For 31 years, Holz, president of Bryon Holz & Associates in Brandon, has helped people with financial planning. He began volunteering as a fundraising committee member with the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation more than a dozen years ago and is a Gold Knight contributor.

The Million Dollar Round Table Foundation was created in 1959 and has donated more than $28 million to U.S. and worldwide charities, including social service and medical agencies as well as educational and advocacy programs.

“The whole idea of the Quality of Life Grant program is to exemplify Million Dollar Round Table’s ‘Whole Person’ concept,” said Holz. “This means that as a whole (MDRT) we are more than ourselves, and the quality of our lives is measured by what we can do for others ... MDRT meetings and programs help members develop their entire life, from personal to professional development, mental and physical health and spiritual awareness.”

Only members of their local professional association may become members of the Million Dollar Round Table. Holz is a former president and 27-year member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors-Tampa. He also is a past president of NAIFA-Florida.

NAIFA-Tampa has supported the Epilepsy Services Foundation through annual golf tournaments, Ribs for Kids and other events, raising more than $100,000 for them during the last 12 years.

“It was natural for me to apply for this grant, since these two worlds are appropriately connected,” said Holz. “I’m so grateful that we’ve been able to (help) send dozens of children with epilepsy to a special summer camp, Boggy Creek Camp, which has special provisions for youngsters with physical challenges such as epilepsy.”

The Epilepsy Services Foundation was started in 1973 in Tampa to help West Central Florida children with epilepsy. The foundation provides scholarships for children, families, students and medical professionals for camp, weekend retreats, college and technical schools and neurological studies and seminars. Visit www.epilepsysf.org or call (813) 374-8907 for details.

Send news of community interest to Barbara Routen, freelance correspondent, at Barbara.Routen@gmail.com.

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