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Giving Back from Afar: Four Ways to Volunteer

Now more than ever helping others may seem impossible or too restricted as many people are staying home and social distancing to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. But, with a little creativity and effort, there are many ways to give back and make a difference from afar.

For example, popular musicians are performing free concerts from their homes or other remote locations to raise funds for front line workers. Many others are volunteering to shop for groceries for the elderly or those at highest risk for contamination. We’re all witnessing people taking actions, large and small, that are proving to not only make a difference in others’ lives but that are bringing to light the true value of altruism.

Below are four examples of volunteer efforts that can make a difference in your community.

Give to a Food Bank
Consider donating food to your local food bank. With thousands of workers furloughed or unemployed, many people are turning to food banks for their next meal. The need for support has never been greater.

Donate blood
The need for donating blood has never been greater now that quarantine orders have suspended community blood drives. But, many donation centers are open and eager to receive donors to help replenish inventories that local supply chains rely on to provide life-saving support. If you are able to donate blood reach out to your local blood bank to see how you can help.

Tutor a Student
Schools closures throughout the country have forced students to now rely on technology to be homeschooled. But as great as this technology is, remote classroom learning can be difficult for some.

Reach out to your local school or learning institution to explore what opportunities are available to help. Or, if you know a student who is struggling with their assignments or needs extra attention with homework, consider tutoring via Zoom or other remote video platform.

Support Your Favorite Charity
Now more than ever charity organizations need your support especially as many of their traditional donor sources have been stalled by the pandemic. As a long time supporter of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), BG Capital Group Chairman Bobby Genovese knows first hand the value of philanthropy through good times and bad.

Through his chairmanship of their annual Car and Boat Rally Scavenger Cups, which began in 2007, he has helped raise more than $16 million. “Our efforts will help the spectrum of what’s needed — from groundbreaking research and treatment to practical advancements like “chemotherapy backpacks” that free young patients from confining hospital stays,”said Genovese. “By working together we can help provide critical resources and support for pediatric cancer initiatives at SickKids. It’s not only my honor to have helped lead this initiative but I feel it is our duty to help support this very special hospital where children come from around the world to receive the most advanced treatments available, providing them with the best possible chance of surviving their diagnosis.”

Genovese is also a longtime supporter of the Vancouver- based Face the World Foundation, which has raised millions for a host of non-profit organizations in Vancouver, BC. In its 30-year history, Face the World has raised more than $19 million to assist more than 400 organizations devoted to everything from securing access to shelter and hot meals to contributing to anti-bullying campaigns and supporting music and sports programs for kids in need.

If you have the means, please continue to donate to the charities that you are most passionate about and encourage others to do the same. “Giving to others is something that I have done throughout my life,” says Genovese. “It is both a responsibility and a great privilege.”

Adapting to an Uncertain World

Never before in my lifetime has the world experienced a  more significant crisis than the one we are facing now — especially with this scale and breadth, such dire consequences.

As I write this, thousands of people have died — a number that, sadly, grows higher each day — as doctors attempt to treat the sick and dying while scientists race to find a cure. 

I want to give personal thanks to those doctors and nurses, caregivers and first responders — people working on the front lines and putting their lives at risk every day to help others — and scientists and researchers working around the clock to find a cure. All of their efforts cannot be celebrated enough. I urge everyone to support their local community in any way they can.

I am also finding tremendous inspiration by the many acts of altruism and generosity shown by our many colleagues and neighbors throughout the world and across every sector of the economy. When people unite in a common cause, great things can happen — reminding me of the power that we each possess to effect great change.

On the business front, companies both large and small, have closed their doors in a race to stem the tide of this worldwide pandemic. Hardly an industry has been left untouched by this devastation. The need to persevere through these difficult days has never been greater — to persevere with the knowledge that we will emerge stronger than before.

Within our BG family of companies we are working hard to support our team members by diversifying positions to preserve as many jobs as possible. Although most project initiatives in the BG pipeline have been slowed or halted, we are poised to resume with full force and renewed commitment once the all-clear has sounded. 

In the interim, we are utilizing this time to reflect and shed light on new opportunities and creative strategies for us and those in our world. For example, as we move through our annual refresh of facilities and infrastructure at BG Ocala Ranch we are taking inspiration from the neighboring World Equestrian Center that is slated to open next year. An unprecedented milestone for Ocala, this 1,000 acre, indoor/outdoor, world-class equestrian sports venue will be the United State’s largest and feature state of the art amenities that can accommodate numerous disciplines within the equine Industry. When complete it will represent an unparalleled economic boost for the region.

But, as bright a future as this signals, we are living in an uncertain world — one of the most trying times in modern history that is compelling us to face this challenge with intelligence, compassion and faith.We see heartbreaking tragedies unfold on a daily basis despite encouragement from our leaders that an end is in sight. And until the end of this pandemic we must continue to support one another, stay strong and safe, and never lose hope. 

That, I believe, is our greatest strength.

Paying it Forward: Bobby Genovese Gives Back Through 2020 Boat Rally for Kids Event

Please join us in Muskoka, Ontario as we gather in support of a world of possibilities for kids with disabilities at the 8th Annual Boat Rally for Kids, July 24 and 25, 2020

This exciting boating event raises much-needed funds to a variety of important organizations that support children in need. This year’s funds will be donated to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital — Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital focused on improving the lives of children and young people with disabilities.

The fun-filled weekend on Muskoka’s Lake Joe and Rosseau will start on Friday with the Celebrity Draft Party where Boat Rally teams that have raised $20,000 or more will have the opportunity to draft a Celebrity Team Navigator. The highest fundraising team will have first draft pick. The remaining teams will draft in order of funds raised. Then, on Saturday, the Scavenger Cup, one of my favorite events, will give Boat Rally teams the opportunity to embark on a journey following a series of clues posted at various stops along the way. Participants will also have the pleasure of meeting and interacting with some of the inspiring children benefitting from this event.

Without question my involvement in these two annual events has been one of the great honors of my life. 

Not only have they raised more than $25 million since the Car Rally began in 2007 and the Boat Rally in 2012 but they demonstrate how successful we can be in coming together for a common cause. I’ve truly enjoyed being involved with the rallies, and working with an amazing team of volunteers behind the scenes.

I’ve also enjoyed supporting Toronto Hospital for Sick Kids, helping to raise money for pediatric cancer research. 

Through raising funding, we are able to help provide critical resources and support for their pediatric cancer initiatives, from research and treatment to practical advancements like chemotherapy backpacks that free young patients from confining hospital stays.

Another top charity that I’ve been passionate about supporting is the Vancouver-based Face the World Foundation, which is dedicated to helping Vancouver’s less fortunate. 

This year’s annual Face The World Foundation Gala, which I’ve been proud to support for decades, will be held on May 30, 2020. In its 30 year history, this event has raised over $19 million for the worthy organizations that it supports.

Through grants, the organization offers financial support to local non-profit organizations whose services relieve poverty, provide medical, artistic or educational aid for children, assist with shelter, alleviate hunger, or assist those dealing with physical, mental or substance abuse.

The Dalai Lama once said, “our prime purpose in this life is to help others.”  There are many reasons people donate their time and money, though the act of ‘paying it forward’ is not a new concept. The phrase has taken on a larger, more impactful meaning as I’ve matured. Moreover, in today’s climate, social awareness is at the forefront of many minds. For businesses, pursuing philanthropic causes is practically a necessity for attracting both consumers and employees. While we know that many large corporations donate money to charities, it’s not uncommon for individual donors to promote causes they care about as well.  

On an individual level, if you can’t afford to donate financially, volunteering your time is equally valuable. Start a community garden. Become a mentor to underprivileged youth. Nonprofits are always looking for volunteers, whether it’s to feed the homeless at a shelter or to hand out water to survivors of a natural disaster, there are thousands of organizations that need support in a variety of ways that are not financial. Not only will you give back to your community and make a difference, but you’ll feel good about yourself in the process.

B Beyond Magazine talks philanthropy with Bobby Genovese

The ability to identify opportunities is a quality all successful people share. Turning your own qualities into an opportunity, however, is something Bobby Genovese could claim a patent on.

A natural people connector with an engaging personality, easy charm and formidable marketing nous, he parlayed all of these into a business, introducing players in the financial industry to one another.  He would have understood the value of mutually beneficial, peer to peer networking before the word was even coined.  As his clients prospered, so did he and somewhere along the line, the BG Capital Group was born. BG Capital is an evolved version of the “turn your qualities into an opportunity” concept – it is a “turn your interests into working assets” proposition and works spectacularly well because of Genovese’s unique skill of relating to people in general and utilising the relationships he creates to cross-fertilise the BG brand.

The BG brand itself comprises several divisions: a private equity capital group identifying new investment opportunities, a capital management multi-national business and asset consolidator, and a privately held real estate investment and development trust that actively acquires properties in the US, Canada and the Carribeans.

bobbyOne of the ways his business has evolved is through his personal interests and it’s a measure of the man’s acumen and shrewdness that virtually everything he’s fallen in love with has become a working asset.

Over time he fell in love with beautiful locations and bought homes there, played polo around the world, went yachting in the Bahamas, flew planes and of course, kept making friends everywhere.

The homes, 14 of them, became the BG Luxury Retreats Luxury Portfolio; BG Parks is an ecotourism and land conservation project; BG Polo is two polo clubs in Florida and a polo ranch in Argentina; BG Yachts is not just a reflection of his love of boats (he bought Paul Allen’s former yacht, Charade), but an expanding business that charters yachts in Miami.

unnamed-1“It’s a new industry I fell into”, says Genovese casually, but there is nothing casual about it – not only does he pretty much own the FL charter market, he has plans to expand and grow it on the Med, so stay tuned.

When it comes to philanthropy, Genovese has followed a similar business-like approach and rather than donate to a spade of charities (too many causes to choose from), he bought a company whose model of giving he liked, Solutions with Impact.

The company raises funds through events and the Genovese-inspired car and boat rallies are hugely enjoyable as well as successful in contributing to paediatric cancer research (they have raised $17m to date).

“Giving back is a privilege”, he says, echoing major philanthropists around the globe, but you can bet that Bobby Genovese and everyone involved also have enormous fun doing it.

Investing in relationships that pay dividends and turning personal assets and interests into businesses, not to mention impact philanthropy, is what most of us endeavour to do either or both purposefully and on a subliminal level.  Genovese has turned it into an art form.

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Solutions with Impact Announces Licensing Partnership with Maxim, Inc.

Solutions with Impact partnership brings MAXIM-branded events to Canada

Solutions with Impact, Canada’s leading event marketing company, announced they will partner with Maxim Inc., the leading men’s lifestyle brand, to bring a series of exciting MAXIM-branded events to Canada.

Solutions with Impact CEO Joel Hock, and partner Bobby Genovese, BG Capital Group, and Joe Mangione, who led Maxim between 2011-12, have together formed SWI Entertainment International Inc. to produce the events as Maxim’s licensee.

SWI Entertainment International Inc. will build upon the success of the renowned Maxim Party brand by launching it with a creative and exciting event in Toronto during the same weekend as the NBA All-Star weekend in February.

“We look forward to bringing the Maxim brand to the celebratory atmosphere that surrounds major sporting and entertainment events in Canada, including the NBA All Star game, the Grey Cup, the Toronto Film Festival, the Calgary Stampede, Montreal Grand Prix, Honda Indy Toronto, among others,” said Joel Hock.

Canadian readers of the international men’s magazine will have the opportunity to attend local parties and events previously unavailable to them in each of the cities where these events are held. The Maxim events will include live entertainment, local celebrities, and all of the excitement and media exposure the U.S. events have garnered.

Joe Mangione, the former CEO of Maxim magazine says, “As the former CEO of Maxim I know the power of the Maxim brand. I am proud to join forces with Joel and Bobby to expand and create SWI Entertainment International Inc. They are the perfect partners with whom to branch out into the Canadian Market. The Maxim party is arguably the greatest private event during the biggest weekends in professional sports and entertainment and we want to extend our reach to new markets across Canada.”

“This is an exciting step to create heightened exposure for the Maxim brand in Canada, while we at Solutions with Impact continue to build a totally integrated media, marketing and event company,” said Bobby Genovese, partner of Solutions with Impact.

For over 20 years, Maxim has been the leader in men’s lifestyle. In addition to its U.S. publication, the brand publishes 11 international print editions, distributed in 67 countries worldwide.

About BG Signature/BG Capital Group
With more than 25 years of experience in mergers and acquisition, BG Capital Group Limited and BG Capital Management Corporation are both based in Barbados with associate management offices in the Bahamas, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Florida, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. In 2013, Genovese developed and launched BG Signature, a global portfolio of exclusive VIP experiences and luxury retreats in the US, Canada, Europe, South America and Bahamas, including its flagship property, BG Polo & Equestrian Resort in Ocala, Florida, a 100-acre, year-round luxury equestrian retreat. A fleet of private yachts, private jet and four polo and equestrian clubs complete the collection.

BG Capital Group’s Bobby Genovese to Co-Chair Marion Therapeutic Riding Association Benefit; CMA Recording Artist Shane Wooten to Emcee

The MTRA is a premier accredited not-for-profit therapeutic horseback riding organization that has been providing therapeutic horseback riding opportunities to persons of all ages that are physically, mentally or emotionally challenged.

BG Capital Group Chairman Bobby Genovese has been named co-chair of the 2016 Marion Therapeutic Riding Association’s 2016 dance competition benefit to be held on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at the Circle Square Cultural Center in Ocala, Florida.

The MTRA is a premier accredited not-for-profit therapeutic horseback riding organization that has been providing therapeutic horseback riding opportunities to persons of all ages that are physically, mentally or emotionally challenged. Genovese will be joined by CMA Recording Artist Shane Wooten, who is returning as Master of Ceremonies, and co-host Mary K. Thomas, owner of Equistaff.com, FastTrack Staffing, Inc., and MKT Talent.

Called the Florida Fun Mini Match, the benefit will feature amateur, professional and youth ballroom dancers performing and competing to win scholarships, awards, and cash prizes. Dance, Dance, Dance Studios of Wildwood, Florida are producing the event in partnership with Mary K. Thomas, who is also presenting sponsor. A portion of the proceeds raised will be donated to the MTRA.

“As a lover of horses and all forms of horseback riding, I am excited and honored to work with Mary and her team and to help support the MTRA, which is doing amazing things in the community every day with therapeutic horseback riding,” said Genovese, BG Capital Group Board Chairman and owner of BG Signature, a global portfolio of VIP experiences and luxury retreats in the US, Canada, Europe, South America and Bahamas, including its flagship property, BG Equestrian Resort in Ocala, Florida. “I am honored to join Mary in co-hosting what promises to be an unforgettable afternoon of great dancing and camaraderie that provides such incredible support and resources to such a worthy group of people.”

Celebrity judges are Australia’s number one ballroom couple, Mario Cicala (of Italy) and Bianca Tonizzo (of Australia), who will also be performing at the event.

The event will be held at Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 SW 80th St., Ocala, Florida and will begin at 1pm. General admission tickets are available online for $25.00 and $30.00 or at the door. To purchase tickets or for sponsorship information, call 352.432.0873 or email info(at)dancedancedance(dot)biz. Limited VIP tickets are available.

About BG Capital Group
With more than 25 years of experience in mergers and acquisition, BG Capital Group Limited and BG Capital Management Corporation are both based in Barbados with associate management offices in the Bahamas, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Florida, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. In 2013, Genovese developed and launched BG Signature, a global portfolio of exclusive VIP experiences and luxury retreats in the US, Canada, Europe, South America and Bahamas, including its flagship property, BG Polo & Equestrian Resort in Ocala, Florida, a 100-acre, year-round luxury equestrian retreat. A fleet of private yachts, private jet and four polo and equestrian clubs complete the collection.

BG Capital Group’s Bobby Genovese Returns to Co-Chair Literacy Council’s 2nd Annual Team Scrabble Fundraiser

Annual Team Scrabble Event to be held October 29, 2015

Following last year’s incredible success and record turnout, BG Capital Group Chairman Bobby Genovese has agreed to Co-Chair the Marion County Literacy Council’s 2nd Annual Team Scrabble event being held on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the Country Club of Ocala, Ocala, FL. All event proceeds will be used to recruit, train and support volunteers who help adults in the community to improve their lives through literacy.

“I am honored to join such an important organization and cause and look forward to what promises to be another fun and incredibly successful event,” said Genovese of his commitment to the organization and efforts as returning co chair.

The event is staged using tables of eight-member teams that compete against one another in timed trials to create the highest value word combinations. Fun to play and entertaining to watch, participants use a variety of ploys to create high scoring words with the highest combination winning the grand prize.

“I am excited and privileged to work with the Literacy Council organization and team that are doing amazing things in the community every day in addressing the county’s 19% illiteracy rate. Together we can surely make a difference,” said Genovese.

The Literacy Council is the only local non-profit organization offering one-on-one adult basic education services, GED preparation, ESOL group classes, computer workshops, financial literacy education and citizenship classes.

Space is limited for corporate participation. Cost for tables of 8 are $1,000; individual tickets, are $50. For more information and to secure your space, call (352) 690-7323.

About BG Capital Group
With more than 25 years of experience in mergers and acquisition, BG Capital Group Limited and BG Capital Management Corporation are both based in Barbados with associate management offices in the Bahamas, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Florida, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. In 2013, Genovese developed and launched BG Signature, a portfolio of exclusive luxury retreats in the US, Canada, Europe, South America and Bahamas, including its flagship property, BG Polo & Equestrian Resort in Ocala, Florida, a 100-acre, year-round luxury equestrian retreat. A fleet of private yachts, private jet and four polo and equestrian clubs complete the collection.

Bobby Genovese Returns as Co-Chair for 2nd Annual Rally for Kids with Cancer in Nashville, TN, October 2nd and 3rd, 2015, Benefiting Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital

Heisman Trophy Winner and NFL Alumni Tennessee Titans’ Eddie George Named as Honorary Celebrity Chair for 2nd Annual Rally for Kids with Cancer Presented by Dollar General

Rally for Kids with Cancer, presented by Dollar General, is proud to announce Eddie George, Heisman Trophy Winner and NFL Alumni of the Tennessee Titans, as the Honorary Celebrity Chair of the second annual Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup in Nashville, October 2nd and October 3rd, 2015.

BG Capital Group Chairman Bobby Genovese is joined by J.R. and Kailey Hand of Hand Family Companies as Co-Chairs of the event. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt will be the benefactors of the event. The event’s goal is to raise much needed funds for children’s cancer research, care and treatment, in the hopes of one day soon ending children’s cancer.

“As the event co-chair and co-founder of the Rally for Kids with Cancer, I felt that it was vital that we all worked together to provide much needed resources and support for pediatric cancer initiatives, and with everyone’s help the event raised more than $600,000 last years,” said Bobby Genovese, Chairman of the Board BG Capital Group.

“Through the Rally for Kids event, supporters have the opportunity to inspire hope and help raise invaluable funds for children’s cancer research, treatment and care at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt,” said Eddie George, the Honorary Celebrity Chair. “With your help, this inspiring event can make a difference, help me rally for kids with cancer.”

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a freestanding hospital dedicated to serving only children, is nationally recognized as a leading provider of pediatric health care services. The world-class facilities at Children’s Hospital are a testament to our community’s dedication to the health of children. Constructed in 2004 and expanded in 2012, our 271-bed hospital is a child-friendly place built on the science of healing. Children’s Hospital is a top-level teaching and research facility. No child is denied care on basis of limited ability to pay.

Rally for Kids Scavenger Cup is an event which began in Canada eight years ago and has raised more than $16 million to support pediatric cancer research, treatment and care.

Nashville Rally for Kids with Cancer is an event supporting the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer research, national charity here in the US benefiting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research began in 2005 in Atlanta by a lady named Dean Crowe in response to a local mother’s plea for research dollars to help her 12-year-old son who was fighting a brain tumor. “Raise money for childhood cancer research and fund the best research wherever it may be,” she asked. The Rally Foundation is a national charity in the USA which raises awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. It has raised more than $7 million and funded more than 120 cutting-edge research projects around the country.

The Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup is a unique, exhilarating and memorable event that provides participants with two incredible days filled with fun and excitement. Described as a high-end scavenger hunt meets “Amazing Race,” this event features luxury vehicles and will challenge, inspire and entertain. Car enthusiasts and philanthropists who participate as drivers must raise a minimum of $25,000 each to enter their car and draft a Celebrity Navigator. Fueled by an extraordinary schedule of events and exclusive pit stops, Rally Drivers and Celebrity Navigators embark on a journey of a lifetime.

Past celebrities include: Billy Baldwin – Actor, Gossip Girl, Hawaii Five-0, The Squid and the Whale, Backdraft; Anne Dudek – Actress, House, Covert Affairs, Mad Men; Jason George – Actor, Mistresses, Grey’s Anatomy; Omar Benson-Miller – Actor: Actor, Ballers, CSI Miami; Rick Fox -3 X NBA Champion, Actor, Producer & TV Personality; Rick Hoffman- Actor, Suits and more.

The Rally event will begin with an exclusive cocktail party on October 2, 2015, at the Oz Arts in Nashville to provide Rally Drivers with the opportunity to meet and recruit their desired Celebrity Navigator. The following day begins with the “Start Your Engines” brunch before participants set out on their day-long adventure marked by an extraordinary schedule of pit stops at some of the city’s most renowned establishments and venues. The event culminates that evening with a star-studded gala dinner at the Hilton Nashville Downtown, 121 Fourth Avenue South, where Rally drivers, celebrities, sponsors and invited guests revel in their experiences while enjoying an incredible dinner, award-winning entertainment and live auction prizes during the Scavenger Cup awards ceremony.