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Commercial Department: Helping Hands: Metro Funding Corp.: September 2008


Helping Hands: Metro Funding Corp.

Each month, Helping Hands features a mortgage professional or group that has volunteered to lend a hand to others in need

Name Ilan Ferdman, senior managing director, and employees, Metro Funding Corp.0809HelpingHandsCOM

Project Sponsoring “We’re All Children at Heart” fundraiser for Love Our Children USA

Site New York

How Metro Funding Corp. donated $1,500 to be a corporate sponsor for a young-professionals-networking event this past Feb. 13 at Manhattan’s Marquee nightclub. About 200 people attended the function, helping raise funds and awareness for Love Our Children USA — an organization whose mission is to prevent violence against children.

In addition to sponsors’ contributions, funds also came from the $75 ticket price and a raffle for gift baskets.

About 10 Metro Funding employees attended the event — but Ferdman didn’t just mingle, he says. He and friend Leon Chernyavsky, another Metro Funding senior managing director, also volunteered to DJ at the fête.

Why Ferdman discovered the event when his fiancee, Fanny Flikshtein, became co-chairwoman for the benefit. She was seeking a community-outreach project working with kids and “fell in love” with Love Our Children USA, Flikshtein says.

Ferdman then asked his company to become an event sponsor because of Love Our Children USA’s grass-roots focus.

“[Love Our Children] goes to the source to prevent [child abuse] before it happens instead of fighting something [that’s already happened],” he says.

Ferdman also says that he thinks young people are looking for ways to give back to society — and “have fun doing it.”

Impact The nearly $20,000 raised at “We’re All Children at Heart” will help fund Love Our Children's programs, including education efforts such as positive parenting seminars and community outreach, and its efforts to curb Internet predators and cyberbullying, says Ross Ellis, its CEO and founder. The nonprofit turns 10 years old on Nov. 1.

Flikshtein says a similar networking event is planned for this coming February or March.

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Jennifer Landree is a Seattle-area freelance writer. For questions or comments, e-mail

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