In a thrilling finish to the St. Louis Brackets For Good competition on Friday, Marcone and its associates helped H.E.R.O.E.S. Care come within 200 points of becoming this year’s champion. In a month-long elimination tournament involving 64 worthy non-profit organizations in St. Louis, H.E.R.O.E.S. Care won each round needed to make it to the final, raising $33,000, of which Marcone and its associates contributed over $7,000. Nervously excited supporters for both finalists watched late Friday as the two jostled for the lead, but in the final moments, St. Louis-based Athletes For Animals took in buzzer-beater donations to put it on top by a score of 18,073 to H.E.R.O.E.S. Care’s 17,887.
In a tournament where everyone truly wins – even the losers – the exhilaration of the closing hours of the competition continued even after the winner was declared. About the experience, H.E.R.O.E.S. Care Vice President, Dave Woolley said, “Even though we weren’t victorious in our bid for the championship, we were nonetheless truly blessed!” Marcone CEO, Jim Souers was overheard saying, “I’ve never enjoyed a fundraising competition as much as this one and I couldn’t be more proud of all that H.E.R.O.E.S. Care has accomplished. It feels like we all won!” Woolley expressed his appreciation for Marcone’s help, saying, “Once again, you proved you are champions in your own right. We are, and will always be, grateful for your incredible generosity!”
H.E.R.O.E.S. Care is a respected charitable organization that acts as a hometown support program, collaborating with national charity partners to provide a system of coordinated, one-on-one care for military families before, during, and after deployment. Since their founding in 2009, H.E.R.O.E.S. Care has assigned over 2,800 caregivers in 25 states to military families, providing them with dedicated access to emergency material and financial aid, confidential mental health care, and job training and placement services made available free of charge. Marcone has been a passionate supporter for over 5 years.
Brackets For Good is a charitable organization that helps build awareness, raise funds, and expand marketing capabilities for local nonprofits through competitive, online fundraising tournaments one month only, each March. In their first 4 years, during that one month, Brackets For Good have raised over $1.3M for local charities in Indianapolis, Louisville, and Washington D.C. This is their first year holding a tournament in St. Louis.