Cancer Free Generation Supports Young Leaders in Southern California

In recent years, few organizations have done more to support innovative cancer research than Cancer Free Generation (CFG), the young leadership division of Tower Cancer Research Foundation. CFG sets out to nurture promising young talent, including cancer researchers, medical professionals, and visionary doctors, throughout the Los Angeles area. To help its “CFG Innovators” develop and implement elective cancer and blood disorder treatments, the organization offers a range of grants and honorariums. In particular, CFG attempts to address a shortfall in National Institutes of Health funding for cancer research, which leaves more than 90 percent of applicants with no government support. Through its “CFG Healers” program, the organization also funds patient assistance programs and community education initiatives to help young people and families struggling with cancer diagnoses. Utilizing its dual approach of research and patient support, CFG hopes to lay the foundation for a truly cancer-free generation.


Harvard-Westlake Benefits from Annual Giving Programs

One of the most prominent private academies in Southern California, Harvard-Westlake School enjoys a reputation for top-quality academics and a wealth of arts and athletic programs. Annual giving plays an important role in the success of Harvard-Westlake, which utilizes contributions to support a broad range of programs and initiatives. Annual giving allows the school to implement important improvements such as updates for its many computer labs. It also enables administrators to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for classrooms and provides valuable support for athletics and arts programs. In addition to providing for a high safety and security standard throughout the school, Harvard-Westlake’s annual giving program has increased financial assistance opportunities for students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Harvard-Westlake accepts gifts of all sizes and maintains that no contribution is too small to make a meaningful impact. To learn more about annual giving at Harvard-Westlake, visit the school’s official website at

Casey Federman Supports Local Jewish Federation

A longtime supporter of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Southern California-based lawyer and real estate and financial professional Casey Federman serves as the Managing Director of Martell Capital Group LLC (dba “Irongate”), which develops upscale properties. Through participation in fundraising efforts for his local federation, he contributes to his community’s ongoing pursuit of tikkun olam (“repairing the world”).

In addition to its connection to the national Jewish Federations of North America, the LA federation hosts a variety of educational, cultural, and social service programs that benefit the Jewish and general communities of Southern California. Popular events it has recently advertised include musical evenings, plays, film screenings, a 3k walk, a Chanukah shopping boutique, and the Jewish Women’s Conference of Southern California.

The federation counts its collection of donations to benefit people of the East Coast affected by Hurricane Sandy among its charitable activities. It also sent a delegation to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Moreover, it maintains a strong community presence through Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of social media.

Through the assistance of Casey Federman and an extensive network of donors and volunteers, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles continues its legacy of care.

Casey Federman: The California Wellness Foundation

Over the course of his career in real estate, investment banking,
and law, Martell Capital Group LLC (dba Irongate), Managing Director,
Casey Federman has upheld a strong commitment to philanthropic service,
giving to a number of groups that sponsor medical research, education,
and community health. To this end, Mr. Federman is proud to support The
California Wellness Foundation (TCWF), a unique organization that seeks
better health for all Californians through education, community
outreach, and grants for traditionally underfunded areas of health care.

Rather than focus its energy on direct medical treatment, TCWF
works to address the root causes of health problems for Californians,
from sanitary living environments to nutritious diets, as well as
violence prevention and higher-quality educational opportunities for
underserved individuals and families. Since its formation in 1992, TCWF
has raised more than $815 million in grants for these and other such
initiatives, gaining widespread recognition along the way.

More information on The California Wellness Foundation can be found at

A Brief History of Harvard-Westlake School

As Managing Director of Martell Capital Group LLC (dba Irongate), lawyer and real estate executive Casey Federman has built an impressive professional and academic history that started while he was a student at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles. Widely considered one of the top private secondary schools in the United States, Harvard-Westlake School traces its roots to the early 1900s as the separate Harvard School for Boys and Westlake School for Girls. Originally a boarding and military academy, the Harvard School for Boys remained both until the late 1960s and early 1970s, when it began to assume its present form as a day school. The Westlake School for Girls, meanwhile, spent its first 60 years teaching girls at the elementary and secondary level before taking shape as an exclusive middle and high school. With the merger of the schools in 1991, Harvard-Westlake School quickly became a leading secondary institution, recently ranked by Forbes as the 12th-best prep school in the country. To this day, Casey Federman maintains involvement with his alma mater and has served as a Board member of the Harvard-Westlake Alumni Association.

Tips for Positive Youth Sports Coaching, By Casey Federman

When working with children, coaches should exhibit positive behavior and avoid criticism, which can destroy self-esteem and lead to a lack of motivation. Coaches should focus on what young players do well and highlight each success, which encourages kids to try harder and ultimately perform better. Youth coaches should treat all players with the utmost respect, avoiding any sort of ridicule or sarcasm, which can have a monumental effect on the developing mind. The coach should constantly keep an eye on each child’s demeanor and personally ask about any potential problems.

Ultimately, the coach becomes one of a child’s most prominent role models. If the coach demonstrates personal concern for the player, that will lead to a boost in the child’s self-confidence and the establishment of a positive personal relationship between coach and player. Coaches should emphasize teamwork and having fun over winning and competition, which will help kids to succeed not only in their future sports endeavors but also in their lives in general.

About the Author:

A veteran investment banker, lawyer, and real estate executive, Casey Federman acts as the Managing Director of Martell Capital Group LLC (dba Irongate), a real estate development and investment firm based in Los Angeles. Outside of work, Casey Federman enjoys playing a variety of sports and coaching his kids in sports.

The Importance of the Special Olympics

The Special Olympics has an immeasurable impact on the lives of the athletes who compete in the games, providing them with a sense of belonging and camaraderie that many have never before experienced. Participation in Olympic events allows them to participate and enjoy a true sense of achievement. Beyond its impact on the lives of participants, however, the Special Olympics has created a significant change in public perception of individuals with disabilities. This change may prove the program’s greatest contribution to the world. By showing people around the globe the feats capable by these talented individuals, regardless of their handicaps, acceptance has started to grow.

About the Author: Casey Federman, the Managing Director of Martell Capital Group LLC (dba Irongate) in Los Angeles, dedicates time and resources to a range of philanthropic programs, including the Special Olympics. Other initiatives that Casey Federman supports include the California Wellness Foundation, Tower Cancer Research, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, and the American Cancer Society.