In our monthly Corporate Partner Spotlight, we speak with corporate leaders about what inspires them to serve as advocates and ambassadors for children’s health. This month, we spoke with Kelliann Caulfield, senior coordinator of engagement at Clark Construction.
Kelliann is from Emmitsburg, Maryland and was once a patient at Children’s National Hospital herself. She reconnected to the hospital through her work, alongside her manager, Jeff King. Clark Construction has supported the Race for Every Child since 2016 and served as a longstanding partner, giving a total of nearly $1 million to Children’s National.
Can you tell us about your personal experience with Children’s National and what motivates you to be involved?
I was very young when I personally had a procedure at Children’s National, and one thing that sticks out to me was the care provided by the nurses and doctors. During my most recent tour a few months ago, those feelings and memories came back when walking through the lobby and meeting those who work in those spaces every day. Their care and patience cannot be matched.
How does Clark Construction support Children’s National through the Race for Every Child?
Our Clark Construction team for the Race for Every Child seems to keep growing. Jeff King, Andy Furman, Ben Eitan and Abdul Al-Abbadi have worked to raise greater awareness and money each year. We’ve supported the Race since 2016 and given a total of $80,000 – and counting!
Meeting all the families at the Race last year and hearing their stories made me want to get more involved, so I joined the Race planning committee.
What would you tell other corporate leaders in the community considering getting involved with the Race?
It does not matter if you have a child or if you can donate millions of dollars. Someone you know has attended the hospital or has known someone in need of care. Every child should have access to quality care no matter the cost. Every amount makes a difference to give these children a better life.
What are you personally looking forward to most about this year’s Race?
I am looking forward to hearing new stories and new successes! And seeing the look on the kids faces as they race through that finish line!
What’s the most rewarding part of working with Children’s National?
As each day passes, you know something has improved for a child in need.
Join Kelliann and Clark Construction at the Race for Every Child on Saturday, October 21 at Freedom Plaza! Register today.