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ABOUT US

About
Hits For Humanity® is a nonprofit fundraising organization that helps other 501(c)(3) nonprofits accomplish their mission by partnering with them to raise funds.  

 

Our Why

There is always a need in the nonprofit sector for funding.

There is also an opportunity to make a positive impact in the world by supporting organizations that could, with sustainable funding, provide services and programs designed to help those who can’t help themselves.

Hits For Humanity® can help provide that funding.

OUR MISSION

 

The mission of Hits For Humanity® is to improve the lives of our neighbors and strengthen communities throughout the United States by financially supporting mission-centric 501(c)(3) nonprofits that address social issues such as hunger and homelessness.

 

WHO WE ARE

Andrew Jacuzzi - Executive Director, Co-founder

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I come from a very large family. I am third from the youngest of nine children and now have a family of my own. Our parents were amazing and taught us many wonderful lessons about how we should live our lives.

 

As such, I have done volunteer work for as long as I can remember. My father, Tullio Jacuzzi, was a great believer in giving back and always trying to do what was right. He was a true servant leader and I have tried to live my life following his example. He would always say, “A man

never stands as tall as when he stoops to help a child.” I grew up with that philosophy.

 

I also learned at a young age the value of a strong brand. Jacuzzi® my family business is one of the most recognizable brand names in the world. 

For 25 years, I successfully held leadership roles in advertising and marketing, directed client services and developed corporate branding guidelines for many of the world’s leading corporations and brands. My success is firmly rooted in research, identifying opportunities for my clients and their products in the marketplace then designing effective messaging and marketing campaigns to leverage those opportunities leading to increased sales and market share for my clients.

Several years ago, I was introduced to the nonprofit world where I have found my true calling in servant leadership, giving a voice to the voiceless and helping those in need. I realized that my vast marketing experience could be put to a better use creating strategic fundraising campaigns and programs designed to raise awareness and address social issues such as hunger and homelessness in America.

I truly believe, that if you have the ability, you should always try to help improve the lives of others. Giving, whether you give of your time or your money, enriches your life and the lives of those you help. Strengthening the fabric of our society, building better communities and changing lives and families for generations.

Another one of my dad's favorite sayings was, "Always leave a place or situation better than you found it and let it be known that someone cares." This is a practice that is instilled in my soul. 

I do this work because I care.

W. Burt Lockard - Operations Director, Co-founder

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Let me introduce myself... I’m first a disciple of Christ, second a devoted husband and father and finally a successful sales, marketing, and operations executive with over 35 years of business experience. Through my career I have had the honor to work for two Fortune 500 Companies and the world’s leading confectionary company. It is while working in Corporate America that I developed a passion for helping those in need. This passion has led me to co-found Hits For Humanity™

with my lifelong friend, Andrew Jacuzzi. 

 

My goal at Hits For Humanity™ is straightforward... to help meet a need in our society that is prevalent, not only in other countries, but right here in the United States. I believe God’s Word in Deuteronomy 15:11 – For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

 

I have been Blessed by God to the point that I have never had to experience the feeling of hopeless hunger with no idea of where my next meal is coming from.  Even worse is the helplessness that must be felt if a parent has to see their children go through that very experience. It is because I have been blessed that I want to help bless others through the mission for H4H®.

As Operations Director, I work closely with the Executive Director and board members to build long-term scheduling plans — insuring their fit against strategic priorities — and help to build strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.

Elisabeth Ward - Marketing & Communications Director

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Family is the most important thing in my life. My parents raised me on the premise that you can do anything you put your mind to, and have taught me the value of hard work, discipline and learning from your mistakes. They, along with my brothers and their wives, are my biggest cheerleaders, advocates and teachers.

I graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in Public Relations and a minor in Public Health. I have had the opportunity to spend the last 11 years in 

the nonprofit industry, meeting some inspiring people along the way, and have found my niche focusing on corporate relations.

 

In my spare time, I enjoy being with my second family - my triathlon team. We're those crazies that wake up early to run hills, swim laps, or bike. When I'm not with them, I spend time with my dog, Paisley, or working on my embroidery business.

 

Life has a funny way of putting people into your lives when you least expect it, and I truly believe that everyone can teach you something. One of the things I love about this industry is everyone has a story. Every story has a start, and we get to write the chapters in between.

I am so excited to be a part of Hits for Humanity, and I look forward to making a difference in our communities.

Board of Directors

Kallen Esperian

World-renowned Opera Singer, Memphis TN

Christina Feser, DO

Dermatologist, Researcher, Principal Investigator, Nashville TN

William (Bill) S. Parks

Managing Partner, William S Parks PLLC, Memphis TN

Marcus Washington

Sales Manager at Volvo Cars, Memphis TN

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