Thursday, June 07, 2007
Peter C. Zuras, CLU, ChFC, of Potomac, Md., secured a $6,250 grant from the MDRT Foundation on behalf of the Preeclampsia Foundation.
Zuras, of New York Life and a 32-year MDRT member, is an active supporter of the Preeclampsia Foundation and nominated and endorsed the grant application. The Preeclampsia Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports women who have been impacted by preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. The MDRT Foundation grant will help fund a program to produce and distribute a series of educational DVDs about this important health issue that affects one in 12 pregnancies.
“I am personally committed to the cause of preeclampsia education, since my first granddaughter died as a result of this dangerous disorder,” explained Zuras. “Like most pregnant women, my daughter and her husband knew nothing about this condition and were not advised by health care providers to take her symptoms more seriously. After fighting for her own life and mourning the tragic death of her baby, my daughter began to work tirelessly to educate other women, heath care providers and other influential stakeholders.”
Representing the MDRT Foundation, Zuras will present this grant to the Preeclampsia Foundation on June 15, 2007, at the 2nd Annual Silver King Banquet at Gasparilla Marina in Placida, Fla. The banquet is produced by preeclampsia survivor Alli Creek and her husband, former Major League BaseballÒ player Doug Creek, as a fundraiser with the professional tarpon tournament community.
About the MDRT Foundation
The MDRT Foundation was created in 1959 to provide MDRT members with a means to give back to their communities. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated $17.6 million in 63 countries around the world and all 50 U.S. states. This year, the MDRT Foundation will award grants to more than 100 worldwide charities.
The MDRT Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Million Dollar Round Table, the Premier Association of Financial Professionals. MDRT is an international, independent association of more than 35,000 or less than one percent, of the world’s best life insurance and financial services professionals from 476 companies and 76 nations and territories.