BluJay’s SOAR 2018 Customer Conference was packed with all-new networking and educational experiences, exclusive customer appreciation celebrations, entertaining and inspirational keynotes, and the annual Soaring Performance Customer Awards. Along with the new, BluJay kept its tradition of giving back through its Global Giving program, this year supporting a local Orlando non-profit organization, The Russell Home for Atypical Children.

The Russell Home was founded in November of 1951 by “Grandma Russell” as the first non-profit organization in the United States for brain-damaged children. Having welcomed hundreds of people throughout the years, the non-profit has given specialized care and love to individuals whose handicaps have prevented their independence in the Orlando community. The home currently operates without the benefit of federal, state, or local funding, to eliminate possible restrictions that would defeat the founding principle of the home: acceptance based solely on the need for the services offered.

See The Russell Home’s Legacy

On the final evening of SOAR, BluJay’s Joy Meier, Executive Vice President Legal and Human Resources, had the honor of presenting a $25,000 donation to Vantrease Blair, Executive Director for The Russell Home for Atypical Children, to support the continued service they provide to those in the community.

Mrs. Blair, the granddaughter of founder Grandma Russell, shared her personal and heartwarming story with SOAR attendees, and how the home encourages each and every child to develop to his or her highest potential.

The Russell Home runs on donations and volunteers, relying on the community for all of its needs. In her remarks, Mrs. Blair noted the significance of the donation, which may be their largest single contribution this year. BluJay is honored to support the work and care provided by The Russell Home. If you’d like to get involved with an organization that never turns a child or adult in need away, visit The Russell Home for volunteering and giving opportunities.