Pepin Academy is a great cause to support in Tampa

A Great Cause to Support in Tampa – Pepin Academies

For over a decade, Health Insurance Innovations (HIIQ) has been a proud sponsor of Avila Charity Tennis Tournament. This year, HIIQ continues its streak as part of numerous charitable efforts planned for 2018.

This longstanding tennis tournament will return to the Avila Golf & Country Club April 13-15, 2018. Every year, all proceeds from attendees, players and sponsors alike are given in the form of donations to non profit organizations focused on children.

Now celebrating its 26th anniversary, the Avila Charity Tennis Tournament will benefit the Pepin Academies Foundation.

Since 1999, Pepin Academies have empowered students with learning and learning-related disabilities to flourish in stimulating, low-threat learning environments as they progress from third through 12th grade.

At the high school level, Pepin emulates the traditional public high school experience – offering classes in drama, music, art, physical education, chemistry, biology and more.

This allows students to meet their respective county’s graduation standards in a setting suited to their unique needs.

And it doesn’t stop after graduation.

Pepin helps students transition from the class to the workforce through their Pepin Transitional program, which gives 18 to 22-year-old graduates the knowledge they need to join the local workforce and eventually establish a lifelong career.

Today, Pepin serves more than 1,000 students attending their public charter schools in Tampa, New Port Richey, and Riverview.

Thanks to these tuition-free facilities, these students, and countless Pepin alumni continue to reach levels of academic and social success they might have never achieved in a traditional public school.

“We wouldn’t have a place for not only our students but our staff to consider a second home without donor support,” said Kelly Cassidy of Pepin Academies.

“We really rely on that and I thank everybody who supports our school because…without it, there would be a big void not only in my life but our students’ lives.”

There’s no shortage of worthy organizations to donate to and causes to support today. However, the Pepin Academies Foundation needs consistent donations – from events like the Avila Charity Tennis Tournament; companies like Health Insurance Innovations; and people like you.

Take it from current Pepin student, Roberto who says he has great and caring teachers but lacks the supplies he and his classmates need to succeed.

Whether you’re convinced the Pepin Academies Foundation is one of the best charities to donate to for children, considering new fundraising ideas, or simply looking to support students in need, click here to learn about all the ways you can give to the Pepin Academies Foundation.

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HIIQ encourages all of its employees, customers and agency partners to give back to those in need. Whether you donate online to charity or spend a Saturday serving at the soup kitchen, giving back gives purpose and hope to all lives involved. Don’t know where to start? Check out Charity Navigator to find the most efficient charity organizations in your community today!


HIIQ Outperforms Fundraising Goals for Tommy’s Charity

Last August, a number of Health Insurance Innovations (Nasdaq HIIQ) executives lead by CEO Gavin Southwell cycled 80 miles from London in a fundraising effort for Tommy’s, a non-profit organization focused on research into stillbirths, premature births, and miscarriages.

With a fundraising goal of just over $7,000, Southwell and his wife Laura deemed this effort the London80. They rounded up a crew of 21 riders including HIIQ Founder Mike Kosloske; Vice President of Sales, Gerod Vernon; Senior Vice President Bryan Krul; Insurance Distributor, David Abraham; and President of Health Coverage Fast, Dan Jones.

The route would take them from a start at London’s famed Trafalgar Square, over the Thames River, and all the way out to the Surrey Hills – a route that closely matched the 2012 London Olympics road race course.

Shortly thereafter, the donations started pouring in. In addition to raising funds for Tommy’s, HIIQ and the Southwell’s were also supporting 4Louis, a charity that provides bereaved parents memory boxes free of charge who suffer a stillbirth or neonatal death.

Seven months and 80 miles later, HIIQ raised more than $31,000 for Tommy’s and $21,000 for 4Louis – surpassing its goals by 445% and 301% respectively.

You can read more at to understand why it’s such an honor to be recognized as a Standout Supporter.

And, if you’d still like to donate, you can! Click here to contribute to either of these important organizations as they work to ensure happy, healthy births for future parents around the world.