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Westfield launched a new partnership
with the Infinite Hero Foundation –
which served as the official charity
partner for the Grand Opening
celebration of Westfield Century City
on October 3, 2017. Infinite Hero helps
combat the most difficult frontline
issues, both mental and physical,
that face returning military veterans
and their families – while also funding
programs that drive innovation and the
accessibility of effective treatments
dealing with service-related injuries.
In December 2017, Westfield World
Trade Center partnered with Infinite
Hero to host a VISIT dinner (Veterans
Innovation Society Investing &
Technology) in New York City. The
dinner provided an opportunity to bring
thought leaders, business executives,
and military heroes together in an
intimate setting to examine the
most sensitive issues facing the
veterans’ community – as well as the
latest progress being made in the
development of innovative solutions.
The Westfield Veterans Initiative also
included a charitable fundraising and
volunteering component. In 2017,
Westfield Corporation was again a
proud sponsor of The Old Glory Relay
– a prominent event undertaken by
the non-profit organisation Team Red,
White & Blue (Team RWB).
Participants ran a 4,600 mile relay
carrying a single American flag across
the country to raise awareness for
veterans. Three Westfield centres
were part of this journey – including
Westfield Valencia (Los Angeles) and
Westfield Plaza Bonita (San Diego)
which hosted patriotic community
events – as well as Westfield Brandon
in Florida which welcomed the runners
on Veterans Day with a massive
event celebrating the end of the
epic 62-day journey.
The Westfield Veterans Initiative also
partnered with non-profit group Habitat
for Humanity to build a home for a
military family in need in Los Angeles
– which ranks as one of the most
expensive housing areas in the US,
with military families particularly hard
hit by the lack of affordable homes.
Several Westfield team members
took part in the “Veterans Day
Build”, volunteering their time for the
construction of a home.
As part of the Westfield Veterans
Initiative in the United States and in
partnership with a non-profit named
American Corporate Partners (ACP),
Westfield employees volunteered
to become one-on-one mentors
to military veterans and their
families. Participating staff members
volunteered to become personal
mentors for approximately 60 veterans
in need of career development and
networking assistance. Westfield
employees have volunteered more
than 400 hours of counselling and
support in this endeavour. Westfield
experts in our HR, Legal, Finance,
Leasing, Marketing and Social Media
departments also hosted interactive
panels and webinars, while acting
as trusted advisors to help veterans
cultivate basic skills and formalise
actionable business plans.
In the United States, Westfield has
enjoyed a longstanding partnership
with St. Jude Children’s Research
Hospital – one of the world’s
pioneering research hospitals
dedicated to developing treatments
for children with cancer and other life-
threatening diseases.
Throughout 2017, Westfield
supported St. Jude in a variety of
ways – including cash donations,
hosting events that raised funds and
awareness, as well as participation
in the ‘National St. Jude Give Thanks
Walk’ – encompassing 376 company
employees. In all, Westfield raised
more than $161,000 for St. Jude during
the course of the year.
Westfield Century CityVeterans Day Build