HYP supports a variety of charitable causes, but there is one charity that is very dear to us-The Scott Weingard Memorial Fund.

Scotty Weingard worked at HYP part time from the company’s inception in 1991 until his graduation from the University of Michigan in 1993, and then full time from then until January of 2001. Scotty’s title at HYP was "Director of Operations", but he was so much more than that-he knew more about the company than anyone, was a tireless worker, and was always helpful to everyone, all while keeping a smile on his face.

Scotty left HYP to work for Cantor Fitzgerald in 2001, and he was tragically killed in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Along with Scotty’s family and friends we started the Scott Weingard Memorial Fund to support causes that were important to Scotty. Since 2002, the Fund has raised over $1,250,000 and has achieved the following:
  • Endowed in perpetuity two four year Dean’s scholarships at the University of Michigan for students in need of financial assistance who have a family member that is a firefighter, police officer or emergency medical technician (“EMT”) or was lost in the World Trade Center attack. Six students have already graduated Michigan from under these scholarships, with more to come!

  • Set up a grant at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. The funds are being contributed to the research team lead by Dr. Mark Weiss. His multidisciplinary team of physicians and scientists are exploring new approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia ("CLL"), the most common form of leukemia in the United States, with the goal of developing curative therapeutic strategies. These investigations will probe the underlying causes of the disease, attempt to define factors that will predict its response to treatment and its course, and will explore new avenues of drug discovery and development.

  • Donated over $100,000 to Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
Much of our fundraising is done through a unique annual event that brings Scotty’s family and friends together each year, and captures his spirit beautifully. The Scott Weingard Play Ball Weekend is held each September in upstate New York, and involves 12 three person teams competing in various sports-three on three basketball, doubles tennis, softball home run hitting, golf closest to the pin, and a mini triathalon. Each team is responsible for raising at least $10,000. The event is truly a celebration of Scotty’s life. Other fundraising events include an annual Scott Weingard Poker Tournament, the annual Autism Walk at Jones Beach, NY, Scott Weingard Family Fun Day, and other events, all of which reflect Scotty’s unique spirit. In 2013, Scotty’s brother and HYP partner Rob Weingard singlehandedly raised over $25,000 by finishing the New York City Marathon.

The Fund is a tax exempt charitable organization according to section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Service tax code and donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. If you are interested in contributing or learning more about the fund, please visit the Scott Weingard Memorial Fund.

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