Community Champion

The MBA Opens Doors Foundation is pleased to present the 2019 MBA Opens Doors Community Champion Award to Jonathan Corr, President, and CEO of Ellie Mae and a long-time supporter of the Foundation. Our awardee has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the Foundation both personally and professionally.

The Community Champion award, created in 2013, recognizes an individual, group or company that has dedicated significant time and effort to advance the Foundation’s mission. Jonathan Corr exemplifies those traits and has led the Ellie Mae team in supporting the MBA Opens Doors Foundation personally and professionally through the Ellie Mae Classic Golf Tournament, which first selected Opens Doors as the beneficiary of the Classic’s 2018 Monday Community Pro-Am.  EllieMae and other sponsors raised $40,000 in the first year and raised the awareness of ODF through promotional efforts with HousingWire and other media.

In 2019, Jonathan was instrumental in working with the PGA Tour and Opens Doors to sponsor a wine auction dinner and the Ellie Mae Classic Community Pro-Am that raised more than $113,000.  Combined with Jonathan’s generous personal support, Opens Doors has received more than $170,000 through the generosity of Jonathan and Ellie Mae.  Equally important, Jonathan has encouraged the involvement of the whole Ellie Mae team, its officers, as well as PGA Tour staff, who have also stepped up with support.

In 2020, Jonathan will again work on behalf of Opens Doors with the goal of raising $100,000 through a golf event, bringing awareness of Opens Doors to new companies and new communities.

For these reasons and so many more, we are pleased to present the 2019 Community Champion Award to Jonathan Corr.

Founder's Award

The MBA Opens Doors Foundation is pleased to present the MBA Opens Doors Foundation Founder’s Award to Dr. Karen Fratantoni, MD, M.P.H, Pediatrician and Medical Director, Complex Care Program, Children’s National Medical System.

The award recognizes significant contributions to the Foundation’s mission of helping vulnerable families with critically ill or injured children remain in their homes while a child is in treatment. The award recognizes one or more individuals whose demonstrated action has occurred over a sustained period of time. Honorees exemplify the core values, spirit and essence on which Opens Doors was founded.

Dr. Fratantoni has served on the Opens Doors Board of Directors since 2012 and has spearheaded the Foundation’s relationships with a network of hospitals, helping Opens Doors to define a grant program that would lead to impact while not creating a burden for applicant families and social workers during a period of extreme stress.

Her leadership on the board and on the Grant Review Committee has been instrumental in rolling out a scalable grant program that serves families whose children have critical and complex health issues. As a pediatrician, Dr. Fratantoni knows first-hand the impact the Opens Doors program has on families with sick children.

"As a pediatrician and the medical director of the Complex Care Program at Children's National, I see first-hand what families go through as they try to manage the care of their medically complex child while simultaneously meeting the competing needs of family, work, and life in general. The emotional toll and financial burden can be overwhelming. The Opens Doors Foundation provides families with a much-needed lift in difficult times. Knowing their home is secure enables a family to focus on their child and family, providing an easier path to recovery."

 For her vision and leadership, we honor Dr. Karen Fratantoni with the MBA Opens Doors Foundation Founder’s Award.

The Spirit Award

The MBA Opens Doors Foundation is pleased to present the Spirit Award to Radian.

The Spirit Award recognizes a group of individuals, from one or more organizations, whose enthusiasm and support for Opens Doors brought new people and organizations to the Opens Doors roster of supporters and whose efforts amplified the impact the Foundation has on vulnerable families in America.

As the Premier sponsor of Concert MBA for the past nine years, including the 2019 Concert MBA, the Radian team, led by Rick Thornberry, has infused the MBA Annual Convention with the spirit of giving. In addition to sponsoring talent, such as James Taylor, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson and Keith Urban, who have donated personal guitars and other instruments for the benefit of Opens Doors, in 2018 Radian challenged the mortgage banking community to join them in a Lip Sync Challenge.  

The challenge sought to raise $25,000 from the community and in return, Radian matched those donations bringing in $50,000 for Opens Doors. Combined with the Concert MBA auction, Radian’s efforts resulted in $100,000 in donations to Opens Doors in 2018.

Radian’s efforts brought new donors to the Opens Doors community and raised visibility for our work.

For their spirit and effort, we honor Rick Thornberry and the team at Radian.



"Thank you so much! It means the world to me that you have been able to help me pay one month's mortgage while we are going through this difficult time in our lives. God most certainly will bestow his blessings to all of you! Love, hugs and many blessings sent you're guys' way!"
"Thank you for all your generosity and support you have extended to our family. We can't thank you enough for selecting our family as one of the recipients of your generous financial gifts. Your thoughtfulness moved us to tears and truly has helped us through such a difficult time. When your child has a life ending illness you take each day as it comes. Some days are better than others. But the one constant in our lives are the friends, community and complete strangers that pray for our family. We consider you to be part of our family. For all you do, we thank you."
"Thank you so much for taking care of our mortgage payment for the month of July. We can't express enough how truly grateful we are for this grant opportunity during this difficult time. After 37 days in the hospital, Brynn is finally home and is doing well. Again, thank you for this kind gesture. Organizations such as MBA Opens Doors are such a blessing for families such as ours."
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