The third annual “Team Kids Innovative Thinkers Forum,” held on October 22 at Oakley’s iconic Headquarters, broke Team Kids’ all-time fundraising records and created the buzz of a Hollywood movie premiere. Fueled by high-profile executives from NASA, Oakley and Ekso Bionics and two-time Academy Award nominated actor/producer Jeremy Renner, Team Kids welcomed 400 guests and raised more than $160,000 in funds to support its mission to empower children to change the world.
“Tonight was about bringing heroes together: our police, firefighters, The Avengers’ Hawkeye, and some of the most brilliant minds in the universe,” says Team Kids’ Founder and CEO Julie Hudash. “But the adults were also incredibly inspired by our kids, who reminded us that they too are heroes, and also the most powerful and renewable resource in the world!”
If you weren’t able to join us for ITF III stay tuned for a video link to the event forum discussion. The four panelists discussed their respective paths to innovation and answered personal questions, including their pivotal moments in life and greatest failures, and left the audience with the gift of their pearls of wisdom. “The panel of global innovators and the kids shared a similar message; be fearless, courageous and work hard” remarked Team Kids Board Member and Event Chair, Joe Burke.