In recent years, the team has become very active in supporting the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and Foundation. Rebecca is a board member and Jessica is on the Young Professionals Committee. They support and sponsor a number of events including the annual Women’s Fashion Show and the Christmas in July Toy Drive.
Christmas in July is a month-long community-wide fundraiser to help raise funds for activities, experiences, and toys for St. Joe's kids. Every year, corporations, civic organizations, and individuals help bring some mid-year cheer to the kids that need it most. Bast Financial Group is honored and inspired to support such a great organization and provide a positive impact on the children that need it most.
Bast Financial Group is also committed to supporting The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Rebecca’s daughter Callie was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes a few years ago. Therefore this cause has become a deeply personal one. Each year the team participates in the JDRF One Walk - a community celebration for those living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). It's where dedicated families, friends and companies raise money to improve the lives of those living with T1D, until it is no longer a threat. More than ever, the JDRF One Walk isn't just about walking — it's about being a community and a commitment to finding cures for T1D.
The JDRF One Walk is the largest T1D event in the world, raising more than $1 billion for T1D research. As the leading global organization funding T1D research, JDRF's mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.
As part of her devotion to the community, Rebecca Bast is involved in supporting Starlight Children's Foundation. In a span of a few months, Rebecca and her team raised $75,000. The funds raised were used to transform a basic playroom space at John Hopkins All Children's Hospital into a beautifully enhanced pediatric cancer playroom area.
Thank you to all those who donated to help Rebecca and her team reach their goal in order to create Starlight Site at John Hopkins All Children's Hospital. Without your generous support they would not have been able to raise the funds to create a beautifully designed and inviting hospital space for pediatric cancer patients.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
On September 20, 2016, two years and $75,000 later, the playroom at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is finally complete. RJ’s Dog House was created to bring a sense of normalcy to the pediatric cancer patients whose childhood may be spent in a hospital. Anthony and Sofia, two patients at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, were able to play in the room during the event. The dedication took place at the pediatric oncology outpatient clinic with several people in attendance. Rebecca Bast of Bast Financial Group had the honor of cutting the ribbon to make it official. All members of Bast Financial Group were in attendance to witness their hard work, dedication and commitment come to fruition.