The Maag Toy Foundation was started by Michaelle, Zack, and Al Maag in 1991. The objective is to bring smiles to children who are in need. The first fundraising program was a golf and tennis event at the Oak Brook, IL complex that was attended by 60 people and raised approximately $1,500. The program has grown due to the consistent support of family, friends, softball teammates, business associates, co-workers from Avnet and Molex and of course many sponsors who attend events each year in Scottsdale (since 2001) and still in Oak Brook. Today the foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization, that supports children and teens around the world with approx $20-25,000 netted from their two golf and two softball event efforts each year. Plus over 400 toys valued at over $10,000. Not one penny is for salaries.
Al notes, “I was on assignment from Molex’s John Krehbiel Jr to create videotape on the vital activities of the Infant Welfare Society in Chicago. While there I will never forget seeing a little girl looking at the in-house store’s toys from an outside a window. The used toys had a price tag of 25 cents to a dollar…the mother still could not afford the toy. That face of disappointment was something I was not use to…and wondered what could I do about it. Eventually, the light bulb went on…We moved to California for Avnet in 1989…and returned home in 1990. Upon coming home we wanted to re-acquaint ourselves with our friends and family…and we thought that we could use this venue as a way of raising the funds to help kids. Thank goodness it has worked for three decades…we have all made a difference by adding comfort, smiles, and memories for so many.”
“We have always been surprised that it still going on each year with approx 130-150 people still coming in Chicago and 125 in Scottsdale. I think it is a tribute to the culture of Molex, Avnet, and Maagcommplus employees and clients…plus Business Marketing Association peers, Softball pals, and the last folks we know from our cherished grammar school and Bagger days that they enjoy the events because they are seeing old friends and supporting a good cause. My guess is 25 of those folks have been to 95% of our events. In Arizona, it has become a significant program in Sloan’s Az community support strategy.”
Both golf events are sponsored by Molex. The Scottsdale event is held around the end of spring training so out of towners can catch the Cubbies. The key sponsors and supporters are ex-Avnet executives.
Oakbrook is the site in late July…which is backed by Molex.
In addition, Al organizes a Christmas event in Tempe with business friends and two 16-inch softball tournaments each spring in Tempe and Mesa at Sloan Park home of the Cubs. Sloan is a key supporter.
Most of the profits are derived from hole sponsors, donations, or investments sold at the live or silent auctions. The cost to play and eat has a small profit margin…but one tradition remains…everyone must bring a toy to enter…thus starting our programs on the right track.
Of note: Richard Black has co-hosted with Al every program and auction in both locations.
Tax ID #36-3853560
Special Thanks to:
MTF Attorney: Keri-Lyn J Krafthefer
MTF Accountant: Cynthia Creed
Event Coordinator: Tiffany Hoffman (Chicago and PHX)
Behind the Scenes, Chicago: Teri Gaglione, Frank Ruffino, Bob Ryan, Rich Hellgeth, Chris Lapinskas, Marilyn Krafthefer, Mary Jo Black, Nick Gaglione Jr., Mike P. Flores, Michelle Corso, Brian Krause, Fred Bell, Nancy Cannova, Skip and Karen Landwher.
Behind the Scenes, Scottsdale: Dawn Hurrelbrink, Faith Krause, Mary Jo and Richard Black, Mike P. Flores, Skip and Karen Landwher, Peggy Gilmore, Pat and Gloria Jewett, Colltey Sheldon, and Ryleigh Williams.
Promotional Items: Art Lurie, Total Promotions
Printing: Bob Anderson, Prisma Graphics, Phoenix, AZ
Art Director: Tiffany Hoffman, Alison Nicolosi, and Tara Nichols
Mary Jo and Richard Black
Tiffany and Mike Flores
Skip and Karen Landwher
Pat and Gloria Jewett
Hazel and Ed Maag