Thursday, August 17, 2017

Revisiting the 2017 World Series

Raymond Gault is the senior vice president of Capitas Financial in Sarasota, Florida. Prior to starting his estate planning career in Sarasota in the 1980s, Raymond Gault was a professional baseball player who played for the minor league affiliates of the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians.

Coincidentally, the most recent World Series was played between the Cubs and Indians, with Chicago defeating Cleveland in seven games after overcoming a 3-1 deficit. The two teams entered the World Series with the longest championship droughts in Major League Baseball: the Cubs had not won a championship since 1908, while the Indians last won the World Series in 1948. 

Cleveland took the first game of the series with a score of 6-0 on the strength of an impressive pitching performance from Corey Kluber, who struck out nine batters and allowed only four hits in six innings. The Cubs evened the series at one game each with a 5-1 win in game 2, but the Indians won back-to-back games in Chicago to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. 

The Cubs staved off elimination with a 3-2 win in game 5 and recorded a 9-3 win in game 6 to send the series to a seventh, deciding game. Chicago led 6-3 going into the bottom of the eighth, but the Indians scored three runs to tie the game and send it to extra innings. Ben Zobrist and Miguel Montero drove in a pair of runs in the top of the 10th, and the Cubs held on for a 8-7 win. Zobrist was named World Series MVP.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Team Youth and the March of Dimes

Sarasota, Florida-based Raymond Gault, senior vice president at Capitas Financial, supports multiple philanthropic organizations in his spare time. Having served as the president of the Sarasota March of Dimes, Raymond Gault encourages those of all ages to raise awareness about premature birth, and to become volunteers for this important cause.

The March of Dimes is a nationally recognized foundation inspired by President Franklin Roosevelt and his battle with polio, called infantile paralysis. Today, the organization seeks to prevent birth defects and infant mortality, donating to research and education for medical professionals. 

Team Youth is a program for young people of all ages, from elementary school to college, to make a difference in this cause. The team currently has hundreds of thousands of volunteers throughout the nation, educating peers, creating community awareness and leading fundraising programs. 

Various events at different age levels take place each year. The Wonderwalk, for example, is a fundraising event for preschool and elementary-aged children, while those in high school can participate through school clubs like the Key Club and Future Business Leaders of America.