Alternative Financial Services contributed to local organizations in support of those in need through inspirational outreach programs.
With a donation of toys to a local church, AFS helped spread Christmas cheer to local needy families and their children. And, with the purchase a dozen wreaths, they supported Wreaths Across America whose mission it is to REMEMBER our fallen U.S. veterans, HONOR those who serve, and TEACH our children the value of freedom.
“This wonderful organization was especially helpful during this difficult and divisive year,” says AFS founder Lisa Corcoran. “It’s so important to honor those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of preserving our freedom.”
On December 17, 2016, AFS and 40 others gathered at Greenwood Cemetery in Brielle, NJ. Final resting place of 1501 veterans, it was just one of 1100 cemeteries nationwide that participated in the laying of Remembrance wreaths. After a brief welcoming ceremony, commemorative wreaths were placed for each branch of the military, POWs, and MIAs, then at veteran’s headstones.
“I was particularly moved by the manner in which the wreaths are laid,” notes Corcoran. “Volunteers carefully searched for the gravesites of veterans, respectfully clearing headstones of snow and slush from the previous night’s storm, then spoke the veteran’s names aloud as a wreath was laid to honor them and keep their memory alive.”
Wreaths Across America teaches that “A person dies twice: once when they take their final breath, and later, the last time their name is spoken.” This ceremony is not intended to decorate the veteran’s graves, nor to remember their deaths, but rather to commemorate the lives they lived. For more information on honoring fallen veterans through the national wreath-laying program, visit WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.
Lisa Corcoran recognized as a leading consultant on
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I’d like to thank all of you who took the time to cast your vote. I was honored to be named a Top 100 ProAdvisor by Insightful Accountant for 2016. Your confidence and good wishes mean the world to me. We are so very fortunate to work with such a wonderful group of clients and colleagues.
Lisa L. Corcoran
Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor
Alternative Financial Services, LLC
by Gary DeHart May 02, 2016
Congratulations on a job well done and a recognition that is well deserved.
Insightful Accountant's 2016 Top 100 ProAdvisors (listed alphabetically):
Christy A. Bertani
Judy E Borland
Dawn W Brolin
Jonyce J Bullock
Victoria R Cameron
Susan R Cook
Lisa L Corcoran
Kathleen "KC" Courtnier
Jeremy N Craig
Maureen O Diem
Wendelyn M Duquette
William S English
David A Enix
Esther E. Friedberg Karp
Christine M Galli
Diane C Gilson
Nancy D Gomez
Keith S. Gormezano
Tim A Grant
Susan P Hawkins
Christine M Hoke
Caleb L Jenkins
Katherine Wynne Jones-Emeritus (2014 ProAdvisor of the Year)
Carrie H Kahn
Debra L Kilsheimer
Michelle L Long
Diane R Lucas
Diane E Margulies
Lane F Maurer
Michael J Mehr
Teresa E Mueller
Nancy J Orben
Debra J Rockwell
Rhonda G Rosand
Hal E Rosen
Reaeann M Salter
Heather D Satterley
Nancy A Schreiner
Wilna Sepulvado Emeritus
(2015 ProAdvisor of the Year)
Stephen M. Smith
Richard S. Stanfield
Judith V Syms
Jeanne M Tarazevits
Haiden W Turner
Sharon M Vetsch
Elizabeth Anne Way
Jim L Wells
Cathy E. Wool
Donations to Caitlin Elizabeth Russell Foundation and Local Food Bank
“By providing much-needed funds and supplies to outreach programs in our communities, we’re able to spread Christmas cheer and help local needy families,” says AFS founder Lisa Corcoran.
AFS donated a cartful of groceries to an Ocean County church food bank to help fill holiday tables and bring joy and nourishment to the festivities of local families.
AFS also contributed to the Caitlin Elizabeth Russell Foundation. “This wonderful foundation is dedicated to fighting the causes of premature birth and the complications preemies face,” states Corcoran. “It provides the hope, education, and comfort that affected families desperately need in a growing epidemic of premature births.”
Born weighing only 1 pound, 7 ounces, and measuring 12 inches long, Caitlin Elizabeth Russell courageously battled the Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) that inflicted her intestinal system, until her passing at only 130 days old. Through the foundation, her parents are making a difference by educating and bringing comfort to families and their babies in what is one of the most difficult and stressful times of their lives.
Since its inception in 2006, the foundation has raised nearly $500,000. Their first initiative was funding a modernized, comfortable NICU Family Lounge for families at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital NICU at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, along with a brand new computer room where parents and siblings can stay connected to their work and school responsibilities while at the hospital.
Other projects included medical research funding to help fight against NEC which took Caitlin’s life, purchasing an interactive multimedia teaching tool (NICU Knowledge) for use at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital to better equip and empower parents to understand the medical conditions their children face, and a petty cash fund to help support the short-term needs of families during their difficult stay, including necessary comfort items and public transportation assistance to and from the hospital.
To learn more, visit www.CaitlinRussellFoundation.org
Lisa Corcoran is recognized as a leading consultant on
Intuitive Accountant’s 2015 Top 100 ProAdvisor List
You may agree or disagree with the outcome, but I assure you that you will not find a list of ProAdvisors that has been as thoroughly researched and vetted as this one has been over the past months. If you were not able to participate in the nomination or voting process, we highly encourage you to take part in both next year. The greater the participation from ProAdvisors like you, the greater the likelihood that we will have the most comprehensive list of leaders.
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Kathleen "KC" Courtnier
Esther Friedberg Karp
The day had finally arrived! To toast our tenth anniversary, clients and colleagues joined AFS in creating our custom blend. After much anticipation, and some TLC, the journey that began in November 2013 was finally complete. It was time to bottle our long-awaited anniversary wine.
Almost thirty wine-makers joined the AFS team to tackle the bottling. We transferred wine from barrel to bottle, inserted corks, applied the capsules and affixed the specially designed labels. After bottling was complete, everyone enjoyed some great food, sinful brownies from Devil Brownies and plenty of wine. Each guest went home with a bottle of our creation and the suggestion that the wine be allowed to age for a few months. Opening it for Thanksgiving dinner sounds about right!
Thank you to all who helped us achieve our ten years, and create our celebratory wine. None of this could have happened without you.
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