Community Impact 2018 MM Foundation Community Service AwardIn 2017, Paul Tokarz handed a $10,000 check to the school that shaped his life from adolescence to adulthood.Before entering financial services, Tokarz was a student at Notre Dame College Prep, and went on to become the director of enrollment at the school. He now volunteers on the executive board, plans events, and fundraises for scholarships and student programs. As a Community Service Award (CSA) winner, Tokarz has been recognized by the MassMutual Foundation for his volunteer efforts with a grant to help him serve his alma mater.Tokarz, an advisor with Hoopis Group in Chicago, says one of the most rewarding aspects of his involvement in the school is raising money for the Burke Scholars Program, which provides tuition assistance and specialized education for students with cognitive disabilities.“Winning the award isn’t about me; it’s more about how I can help the special needs kids at the school,” Tokarz said.Peter Hoopis, general agent, expressed his pride and appreciation for Tokarz’s efforts, both at the firm and at Notre Dame College Prep. “Paul does so many things right in this business, and this is another tremendous accomplishment for him,” said Hoopis.Tokarz appreciated the recognition from the MassMutual Foundation and encourages qualified candidates to apply in 2018. “Having the support of the MassMutual Foundation says a lot about our business,” said Tokarz. “When an organization can fund a cause you care about deeply, applying is a no brainer.”About the Community Service AwardsEach year, the MassMutual Foundation awards grants to qualifying advisors for their community volunteer efforts. The CSA donated a total of $225,000 in 2017 in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.CRN201903-224874 When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, we started a drive to collect items to ship to one of our staff member’s family’s community of Lares, PR. Hoopis Group Charity Club cooking dinner for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House while being treated at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in November 2017. The Hoopis Group Charity Club and additional team members partnered with Blessings in a Backpack to help provide food for local students in need. We worked to pack over 500 bags of food for children in need at St. Malachy School in Chicago in June 2017. Hoopis Group Charity Club members raised over $2,000 for PAWS Chicago while participating in the 17th annual PAWS Chicago 5K in June 2017.The Hoopis Group Charity Club climbed 80 floors at the AON Step up for Kids event on January 29, 2017 and raised over $2,000 to support the patients and families at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago! Volunteering at the TLP Golf Open in September 2016.Our CEO, Peter Hoopis, was pleased to present this grant check from MDRT to Teen Living Programs on April 15, 2016 at our firm quarterly meeting.Hoopis Group was a sponsor at the 2016 Teen Living Programs gala.