Living Up To Their Name
The San Carlos Treasure Hunters Team, The Fighting Irish, were crowned champions of this year’s event and collected a nice cash prize. It is what team members, Patrick Shea, Morgan Lynch and Julia Kelly did after collecting that prize that makes that makes them a perfect example of what San Carlos is all about for many of us.
Dr. Young of Young Orthodontics and myself started San Carlos Treasure Hunters seven years ago as a way for us to give back to the community and in the process, have the kids of San Carlos learn about the history of their home town. This year, we decided that we would add a local charity component to make kids and their parents aware that there are causes and people in San Carlos that are perhaps in situations where a little extra help is needed. For this year’s hunt, we chose Chris Mahoney, Director of the Charter Learning Center in San Carlos. Chris has been battling a variety of difficult health issues and is dire need of an immediate liver transplant.
San Carlos Treasure Hunters is free for everyone who wants to participate. However, this year, with our added charity element to the event we told all teams that they could donate directly to Chris Mahoney. We set up a donation table at check-in on the day of the event. Teams were more than happy to do so and we were able to deliver a check to Chris and his family.
Last week, I came into my office and there was an envelope sitting on my chair. Inside the envelope was a letter from team Fighting Irish. The envelope contained cash and a note from the Fighting Irish saying that they wanted a portion of their winnings to go Chris Mahoney and his family. When we first started San Carlos Treasure Hunters, it was this type of awareness and generosity that we were hoping to one day achieve with this event. We are very proud of the Fighting Irish and hope that their actions are an example for others throughout our town. While the actual gift itself certainly helps, it is the awareness that matters most.
An Open Letter To Patrick, Morgan and Julia,
I write this with my wife who is fighting back tears at your incredible act of generosity with your contribution. My family and I moved to San Carlos about six years ago. We moved here because we heard so many positive things about the children and the families of San Carlos. As someone who works in public education, a family friendly community has always been important to me.
As great a community as San Carlos can be, these last few months have simply blown me away with the acts of kindness and altruism from not only the adults but also from the kids of San Carlos. The three of you exemplify this kind of altruism. We want to thank you, from the bottom of our hearts for your act of kindness. It is certainly will not go unnoticed—and it is certainly much appreciated by my family.
With Much Gratitude,
Chris and Michelle Mahoney