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Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is one of seven youth-centered non-profits to benefit

New York City, NY –  Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) is honored to benefit from the fourth annual RBC Race for the Kids on Saturday, September 22 at Brookfield Place in New York City.

Youth INC and Title Sponsor RBC Capital Markets (RBC) hosted a day of athletic challenges and family fun to raise awareness and funds for seven youth-focused charities.  RBC contributed $1.2 million dollars in combined donations from employees and raised a total of $1.7 million dollars. 

“This is one of the best days of the year for RBC, where we, as a firm, come together and give back to our community in such a tremendous way,” said Lesley Kelly, Head of Healthcare Trading, Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets.   “I'm so proud that we could bring the Children of Fallen Patriots' mission to this year's Race for the Kids. It was a great day of building awareness, fund raising, and representing CFP with our very own MSK challenge team of 3 women and 1 man - we all won and are winning,” she added.

Almost 4,000 people were in attendance, including 70 Fallen Patriots supporters comprised of staff, donors and scholars.  Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation employee fundraising total was $134,385, plus $33,535 matching gifts, bringing the grand total to $167,920, which equates to over 26 years of college for Gold Star scholars.

Kelly McHugh-Stewart is among the Fallen Patriots scholars to participate in this year’s event.  She was a freshman in college when her father, U.S. Army Colonel John McHugh, was killed in action in Kabul, Afghanistan.  With the help of Fallen Patriots, Kelly graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication/Digital Journalism-Print Focus.  She also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the New School.  Kelly is now a New York City-based writer currently working on a book about her father.

“Fallen Patriots offered more than a scholarship; it offered me a safety net and a community of other Gold Star families with whom I could share my struggles,” Kelly said.

Fallen Patriots helps bridge a $32,000 funding gap between government assistance programs and the average cost of a four-year degree.  In addition to financial assistance, many surviving military families are comforted to receive emotional support from Fallen Patriots’ Veteran and Gold Star staff members. 

About Fallen Patriots

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation honors the sacrifices of our fallen military heroes by ensuring the success of their children through college education.  Since 2002, Fallen Patriots has provided approximately $25 million in total assistance, including college scholarships and educational counseling to over 1,200 military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.  Nearly 20,000 children from all across America will need future assistance.  Help today by visiting www.fallenpatriots.org.

About Youth INC

Youth INC’s mission is to transform the lives of NYC youth by empowering the organizations that serve them. Youth INC’s network of 80 grassroots nonprofits collectively champion the lives of more than 220,000 young people across New York City. Youth INC provides our nonprofit partners with the coaching, capital, and connections to achieve sustainable growth and maximize their impact. Our fundraising, governance and impact evaluation programs yield incredible results. Over the course of a partnership with Youth INC, our partners experience average growth in revenue of 173%, board size of 33%, and youth served of 157%. Using our pioneering Metrics Platform, our partners helped 80% of their young people surveyed to improve key Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills that scholars agree are the most predictive indicators of success in school, career, and life. Since inception, our venture philanthropy model has raised over $85 million and empowered over 170 nonprofits, impacting the lives of 1 million NYC youth. To learn more visit: www.youthinc-usa.org

About RBC Capital Markets 
RBC Capital Markets is a premier global investment bank providing expertise in banking, finance, and capital markets to corporations, institutional investors, asset managers, and governments around the world. We serve clients from 70 offices in 15 countries across North America, the UK, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. Our more than 7,400 professionals deliver the experience and insights required to raise capital, access markets, mitigate risk, and acquire or dispose of assets for clients worldwide. We are consistently ranked, by third-party sources, among the 10 largest and most significant investment banks globally.

RBC Capital Markets is part of a leading, diversified provider of financial services, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Operating since 1869, RBC is one of the largest banks in the world and the fifth largest in North America, as measured by market capitalization. With a strong capital base and consistent financial performance, RBC is among a small group of highly rated global banks.