Community Impact Awards: Lions Bridge Financial
By Angela Blue
2110 William Styron Square, Newport News. 757-599-9111. LionsBridgeFinancial.com
Number of Employees: 11
What They Do: A leading provider of investments and comprehensive financial services for families, businesses and their owners, Lions Bridge Financial Advisors guides their clients along the path of life, from accumulating and preserving wealth to planning for important goals like college, retirement, health events and leaving a legacy.
How They Help: The Lions Bridge team volunteers on the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank Board, the City of Newport News Retirement Fund Board, the Investment Committee for the City of Newport News Pension Fund (having $1 billion in assets) and the City of Newport News Education Foundation.
Their company sponsors an Athlete of Year recognition where they select 100 area football stars and recognize them with small gifts and invitations to apply for the company’s college scholarship, awarded each spring to two local seniors who have overcome obstacles to succeed in high school.
Lions Bridge sponsors four education scholars, two in Kenya who wouldn’t be able to attend school otherwise, and two in local colleges.
They sponsor the LPGA Women’s Day (a $10,000 investment) and provide all the women golfers with gifts and recognition. Their staff donates time and financial support to Alzheimer’s Association, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, Union Mission, Compassion International, An Achievable Dream Academy and World Wildlife Fund.
Finally, they are interested in finding solutions to homelessness and hope to find a way to expand ForKids to Newport News and Williamsburg to assist homeless children.
To our company, community impact looks like: raising your hand and being willing to write a check. We should all want to make our community the envy of the country, and we can do that by giving back of our talents, time—and showing we care. We can change things—we just have to work at it and find those things we are passionate about.