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The Structure Tone Organization is dedicated to every local community it serves. Recently, Structure Tone NYC has worked with Make-A-Wish to make a child's dream room. Employees frequently volunteer, fundraise, and engage in community-focused events.
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Community Engagement

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From Left: Evan Meyers-Kamco, Brian Donaghy (Make-A-Wish Real Estate Council Member), Dan Finnegan-Structure Tone (MAW Real Estate Council Member), Perry Fine-Ronen Fund, Chris Mee-Gibson Dunn (MAW Real Estate Council Member), Marc Freud-Troutbrook Company (MAW Real Estate Council Member)

The team helped give Romeo a space of his own to hang out.

Sebastian loves to pretend he’s a police officer in his new ‘police station’.

Giving Back: Make-A-Wish’s Real Estate Council 

From meeting A-list celebrities to driving on a real NASCAR racetrack, Make-A-Wish has proven they can make even the most fantastic wishes come true for children with life-threatening illnesses. But without guidance from construction experts in the area, simple construction requests were a major struggle for the Make-A-Wish Metro New York chapter.

 

Knowing Make-A-Wish needed help in Structure Tone’s area of expertise inspired Dan Finnegan and colleagues Brett Phillips and Brian Donaghy to organize the Make-A-Wish Real Estate Council, a group of diverse industry partners committed to granting construction-related wishes in the New York area. “We’re all involved in lots of charities, but it’s not often we get to help by doing what we do every day,” says Finnegan. “We knew we could
make a real difference here.”

 

Between filing a building permit, understanding an architect’s drawings and coordinating subcontractors, the construction process is complicated, especially when it’s unfamiliar territory. The Metro New York Make-A-Wish team said it was often easier for them to send a child to China than to renovate a bedroom! Luckily, Structure Tone recognized Make-A-Wish’s need as an opportunity to bring the AEC community together for a worthy cause.

 

In the last three years, the Real Estate Council has added seven new members and collectively granted a dozen wishes. As the only construction firm in the group, Structure Tone has been involved with eight of them, the most recent being a full kitchen renovation for a family that loves cooking together but couldn’t afford to finish their home remodel.

 

Since it began, the council’s role within Make-A-Wish has transitioned from granting the wishes Make-A-Wish sends their way to helping the NYC chapter expand their reach throughout the city. At one of their quarterly meetings, Make-A-Wish explained the main reason it takes months to grant a child’s wish is there aren’t enough volunteers to handle the volume of wishes they receive, especially in outer boroughs like the Bronx and Brooklyn. “We would get a wish request and then find out that the child made this request last year,” says Finnegan.

 

To help fill this gap in volunteers, Structure Tone hosted a wish volunteer training session in its New York office. Trainees from across the AEC industry were taught how to meet with wish families, record the necessary information and act as wish facilitators. Finnegan, who became a wish volunteer himself, said the training was so successful that Structure Tone is already planning the next one. To continue to leverage that growing interest, the Real Estate Council also hosts an annual holiday fundraising event that has grown exponentially each year. Last November, the event raised over $170,000 for Make-A-Wish Metro New York.

 

Whether it’s transforming a basement into a movie theater, hosting training sessions or raising funds, the Real Estate Council plays a crucial role in giving sick children a bit of joy.

 

“For a sick child, it’s the simplest pleasures that take their minds away from their illness,’’ says Finnegan. “It’s a really humbling experience to be part of.”

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US organizations we support
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International organizations we support
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Non-profit organizations supported by STO Holiday Giving Back

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Donated to local charities

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Bags full of toys donated in Toy Drives.

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Pairs of jeans worn to raise $1,430 for multiple charities

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Bags of groceries collected, plus a $10,000 donation

We’re a family-oriented company, built on a fundamental commitment to create permanent, positive impact in the communities where we live and work.

Since our founding, creating lasting and positive impact in the communities we work in has been an essential part of our core responsibility and values. Employees frequently volunteer, participate in fundraisers, and engage in other community-focused events. We support, encourage and recognize our employees’ brilliant efforts to help address causes and improve our communities.

We are so proud of our employees’ efforts from chairing major events to raising desperately needed funds for surgery, to building a new playground, and working with high school students interested in construction and engineering careers. Staff throughout our organization invest their time and resources to make an essential and lasting difference in people’s lives.

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Structure Tone’s annual golf classic to support kids with cerebral palsy brings together Dublin’s construction community to play golf and raise money annually for a selected child. The money raised goes towards treating their condition and making it possible to travel to the Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri for a life-changing surgery called “selective dorsal rhizotomy,” or SDR. Each year 32 teams compete, with more clients, consultants and employees supporting the post-golf evening event, including a live auction hosted by Structure Tone’s Richard Hemming. To date, the golf classic has raised over €200,000, all of which has gone directly to each child’s family to help fund their SDR quest.

January 19, 2018

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Structure Tone is a sponsor and long-time supporter of the Annual Race Against MS at Belmont Park. The New York City–Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society is committed to helping the 10,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the five boroughs and Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan Counties to move their lives forward. The chapter raises funds locally to support the Society’s critical research initiatives and to provide hundreds of comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS and their families and friends. STO NY, the NY Real Estate community and NY MS chapter teamed up to honor Jean Savitsky of MoMA and raise over $400,000! Well done everyone, especially the event’s committee chair, our own Jim Donaghy. 

July 25, 2018

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11 volunteers from our Pavarini Northeast team donated their time on a Saturday morning to work with Habitat for Humanity. The volunteers helped frame out an historic church being converted into condos. Once completed, the new condos will be home to two deserving families. 

August 8, 2018

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Structure Tone participated in the third annual Keystone Property Group’s Rubber Ducky Regatta benefiting the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center (CSK). For the past 33 years, CSK has been serving breakfast and lunch to those in need. Our NJ office took part in this unique fundraising event and their Castaway-themed ducky won “Best Dressed.” More importantly, the races raised over $6K – way to go, NJ!  

July 25, 2018

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Giving blood takes less than 15 minutes and is a vital way to give back. Our Boston, Woodbridge and Dallas offices participated in local blood drives to support Massachusetts General, Community Blood Services and Carter BloodCare, respectively. In total, 49 pints of blood were drawn. We not only donated blood, we saved a LIFE! 

January 18, 2018

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Friends of Saint Dominic’s is the foundation arm of Saint Dominic’s Family Services, a 140-year-old nonprofit human services agency dedicated to aiding the disabled, disadvantaged or vocationally challenged. Throughout the year and across our organization, Structure Tone supports the Friends of St. Dominic’s through an annual fundraising dinner, golf outing and various toy drives. The Business & Labor Awards Dinner, is attended by over 1,100 business and labor-union leaders and executives in the construction, development and real estate industries and raises over $1.2 million each year. The 2018 dinner honorees were John DeLollis, Executive Director, Association of Wall-Ceiling and Carpentry Industries of New York; Lorenzo Vascotto, Managing Director, VVA; and Susan Boyle, Managing Partner, HLW. 

February 15, 2018

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