One major tenet of the iLEAD Program is encouraging our young professionals give back to their local communities. The Young Agents of North Carolina have a long-standing tradition of supporting charities that have a statewide impact. Over the years, organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, Victory Junction and the Special Olympics of NC have received significant volunteer and financial support from IIANC's young professionals. For the last several years, we have partnered with Make-A-Wish of Eastern NC and Make-A-Wish of Central and Western NC to help grant the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. They believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer for the children they serve and this belief guides them in everything they do.
Our premier fundraising initiative for the last two years has been the Annual YAC Charity Golf Tournament, with all proceeds going directly to the two NC Make-A-Wish chapters. Thanks to tremendous support from not only IIANC members and company partners but from the larger community, we have been able to raise over $80,000 through the golf tournament, which equates to over 10 wishes granted for deserving kids. Several iLEAD members have taken their commitment to Make-A-Wish even further by participating in their own fundraising efforts like the 28.3 Trailblaze Challenge or Walks for Wishes and even becoming Wish Granters themselves.