Calvin Ayre, founder and CEO of online poker room Bodog.com, formally announced the launch of the Calvin Ayre Foundation Web site today. The Foundation, which is federally registered in Costa Rica, is active in supporting charitable causes throughout the world.
Founded by Mr. Ayre in 2004, the Foundation's aim is to achieve meaningful and lasting improvements in the environment and in the lives of disadvantaged individuals and communities.
More specifically, the Calvin Ayre Foundation focuses on promoting greater equity in five broad areas: Environment, Education, Social Development, Child Welfare, and Animal Welfare.
Over the years, Mr. Ayre's Bodog Entertainment Group, which runs Bodog.com, has worked with numerous national and international charities, including the Fisher House Foundation, the L.A. Lakers Youth Foundation, the Humane Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Animal Avengers Organization, and the Sean McCauley Hope Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.
"Through the Calvin Ayre Foundation, we're able to cross international borders," says Mr. Ayre, founder and chairman of the international charitable foundation. "With fewer barriers, we are better able to offer support for meaningful charitable causes."
The Calvin Ayre Foundation supports the charitable initiatives of other organizations as well as those goals it lays out for its own projects.
One of the long-term initiatives it's working on is the sponsorship of the higher education needs of underprivileged youth.
It also supports large-scale initiatives, such as the Sponsor-A-School Project and the Sponsor-A-Family Project. These programs are the core of the Foundation, which directly manages its money and the allocation of funds to the various initiatives under its mandate.
"There are few things that bring greater satisfaction than witnessing the smiles on the faces of the children we are actively sponsoring," says Calvin Ayre. "Our Adopt-a-School Project, to cite one example, allows us to play an integral role in improving the conditions and care for the children attending primary schools in Costa Rica."
Recently, the Foundation was on hand for a telethon in Costa Rica that supported the Critical Care Tower of the National Children's Hospital.
Please see www.calvinayrefoundation.com for further details.