SPRING BENEFIT IN NYC
First Responders Children’s Foundation hosted “A Day at the Zoo“ on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at The Central Park Zoo in New York City. This family-friendly benefit event featured a tent picnic plus a FDNY fire truck, NYPD mounted police, Zoo animals, and a special appearance by Wali Collins from Comedy Central, HBO, and VH1. Board member Scott Cullather, CEO of INVNT, received the Corporate Hero Award, and Officer Tommy Norman received the Public Service Hero Award. Foundation Chairman Al Kahn announced special thanks for significant support from global communications firm Edelman and CSX Corporation. Brian Tucker of CSX spoke about the profound CSX corporate commitment to first responders. Funds raised will support the children of first responders.
BOARD MEMBER & CORPORATE HERO AWARD WINNER
My name is Scott Cullather, and I am the Co-Founder and CEO of INVNT, the global live brand storytelling agency™. Established in New York in 2008, we help many of the best-known brands – and charities such as the First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) – in the world share their stories in live environments. Our offices are strategically located across eight cities, five countries and four continents, in New York, London, Sydney, Detroit, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Stockholm, and Singapore.
I have been an FRCF board member since 2015, and help to strategize and implement tactics that support the successful operation of the organization, ensuring it is equipped to raise funds for the children and families of first responders lost in the line of duty and drive awareness about the critically important role that first responders play around the world.
What is your connection with first responders?
Apart from being a board member, I am thrilled and honored to be recognized as the Corporate Hero at the inaugural FRCF “A Day at the Zoo” which took place in New York on Saturday, May 18 at the Central Park Zoo. INVNT also provides a range of pro bono services, including planning, creative support and fundraising to this incredible organization.
What prompted you to be a part of FRCF?
I met Al Khan, the founder and president of the FRCF, during a business trip to China. He told me about FRCF’s mission, values and purpose, and I was instantly inspired to support his vision to help the families of those first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
What aspects of the foundation speak most to you?
As an advocate of the power of live experiences, I really respect that the foundation hosts events which are designed to spark joy in the lives of families who have suffered immense loss. Even during those dark, difficult times, these events help to bring financial support, happiness and relief to the affected families.
How do you express gratitude to first responders?
I am in awe of the bravery of our first responders who risk their lives every day to selflessly help us when we are in danger. Supporting an organization such as the First Responders Children’s Foundation is an important way to give back to these men and women by both assisting their families and driving awareness about what they do for our society every day.