Glenn Barrett and his wife Midge recently donated $500,000 to Two Ten to provide special emergency funds that will help up to 20 footwear families facing extreme financial hardship each year, in perpetuity.
We got a few minutes to chat with Glenn (Chairman and CEO of OrthoLite) and Midge about their generous donation and why they felt it was so important to support the footwear industry.
Q: Why do you give to Two Ten?
A: Frankly, Two Ten was the first place we thought of when we decided it was time to increase our family philanthropy. There are so many problems that people are faced with homelessness, family violence, catastrophic diseases we know that Two Ten helps families face all of these challenges. This is a gift that comes from the heart. We also love the concept of shoepeople helping shoepeople. Along those lines, OrthoLite also supports Level Field Fund, which is a fund where athletes help other athletes.
Q: Why should others support Two Ten?
A: Many of us have been fortunate. Where else can you give back to the industry that made you successful? Id offer up a challenge to others in the industry: its time for you to graduate and put your philanthropic mark on our industry.
Q: What will your gift accomplish?
A: Life can be jarring. Two Ten hears every single day from people who are facing unexpected crises such as a cancer diagnosis or a home destroyed by a flood or a fire. Our endowed gift will enable 20 additional families each year in perpetuity to get financial help during times of crisis. Similar to OrthoLites insoles, that financial assistance is a source of comfort that provides shock protection to these families.