An accomplished investment executive who has managed several firms, Jeff Drobny now serves as managing partner of Garda Capital Partners near Minneapolis, MN. Originally hailing from Scottsdale, AZ, Jeffrey Drobny (Jeff) supports several charities, including the Abbey’s Hope organization.
Based in Edina, Minnesota, Abbey’s Hope promotes pool and water safety after a pool drain accident claimed the life of young girl named Abbey. As part of its public education effort, the organization is planning an event called The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on June 18, 2016. It will attempt to beat the world record for the largest single swimming lesson ever.
Record-breaking or not, the event will be a success in terms of water safety education, as it brings together a coalition of safety and training professionals to educate parents and kids about the importance of learning how to swim and how to prevent drowning. Drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental, injury-related death for children under 14.
The organization will offer a free swimming lesson at 10 a.m., which will be replicated at other sites around the country. The lesson will cover entering and exiting the water safely, breathing while swimming, floating and kicking. Parents can accompany children in the water.
Hailing from the Scottsdale, AZ area, Jeffrey Steven Drobny (Jeff) currently serves as managing partner and chief investment officer of Garda Capital Partners. Now working in the Minneapolis, MN area, Jeff Drobny has more than two decades of experience managing hedge funds and fixed income funds. He is also a supporter of the Sharing and Caring Hands charity.
Mary Jo Copeland, who founded Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis in 1985, recently received an award from President Barack Obama for her achievements and contributions to the community. Awarded the Presidential Citizen’s Medal for 30 years of service to the poor, Ms. Copeland is responsible for raising over $100 million for the charity, making Sharing and Caring Hands the largest independently funded program of its kind in the country.
Among other initiatives, Ms. Copeland used the funding to build a 27,000-square-foot building where 1,000 hot meals are served each day. The facility also provides the needy with free groceries and clothing, showers and laundry, and access to doctors and dentists. The organization also has a shelter consisting of 92 family apartments where residents can stay for up to six months while they get back on their feet.
Jeff Drobny, an executive with Black River Asset Management, divides his time between Minnesota and Scottsdale, AZ, and supports a variety of charities nationwide. Among the organizations that Jeff Drobny contributes to is the Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation, dedicated to keeping children safe from pool-related injuries.
In 2007, Abbey Taylor was an ordinary six-year-old girl, enjoying a day playing in a wading pool. But a poorly maintained drain injured her so severely that she spent the next nine months in hospitals as doctors performed multiple surgeries and organ transplants with the hope of saving her life. Abbey lost her battle in March 2008.
Abbey’s parents, Scott and Katey Taylor, turned their family’s personal tragedy into a way of helping other families with their founding of the organization. Scott serves as chairman of the board of directors of Abbey’s Hope, while Katey serves as its president. Katey Taylor has additionally earned a credential from the National Swimming Pool Foundation as a certified pool and spa operator, and advises other nonprofit groups dedicated to child safety.