Daily Archives: August 24, 2012
A billionaire who ended up lost as he travelled around Santa Barbara, California left a $20,000 tip to a woman who pointed him the right direction.
Ty Warner, the man responsible for the once-popular Beanie Baby toys, offered a massive some to a woman just lending a helping hand. Mr. Warner drove into a car park, after straying off-course on his journey and wanted to find his way back on-track. Who the 67-year-old tycoon would find was Jennifer Vasilakos, a local who was raising money for the stem cell treatment she needed.
The pair spoke, and she revealed details about her ordeal: having kidney failure late last year, being rejected for a transplant, and being unable to raise the funds needed to do so. Ms. Vasilakos had been tracking her journey with kidney failure via her blog. In it, she details, everything she’s had to undergo in the past few months, including this chance meeting with a billionaire able to change her life.
“He’d rolled up in his nondescript car, while I was fundraising,” Ms. Vasilakos wrote on her blog. “ He was lost and needed directions. Not one to miss an opportunity, I handed him my flyer and he made a fifty dollar donation.” However, that wasn’t the end of the story. He returned later that day to tell her that her: “he would send a check after he returned to his offices during the week.” The fundraising was over. A sum of $20,000 greeted Jennifer, later that week.
A heartwarming letter addressed to Ms. Vasilakos was attached. In Jennifer’s words: “It was the type of letter you keep forever, and accompanying it was the check. A check that could change my life in an instant. Streaming tears of relief and amazement fell uncontrollably from my eyes, as I walked out of the room back towards the exit. I was flooded with indescribable emotion!”
It’s said that the money will cover all of Jennifer’s needs, in regards to treatment, accommodation and all other eventualities. Another extract from the blog reads: “I wonder what people think, when they visit my fundraising page. What makes them decide to donate or not to donate? Especially the people, who personally know me. If someone I knew (even if for only 5 minutes), asked me to donate to save his or her life, then I would likely open my wallet on the spot and give at that very moment. So, I can’t help but wonder why everyone doesn’t do this. What stops them? What compels others to instantly give?”