Daniel and Maria Staton are philanthropists and advocates of great causes in the communities where they live. They also support initiatives by organizations close to their hearts, including:
The Staton Family endorses MIT Edgerton Center which offers hands-on outreach programs for local public school students and teachers (kindergarten – 12th grade) including topics on mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer programming, biology, optics and photography, and forensics. For example, in a current program, middle school students are mastering basic chemistry concepts by building atoms, molecules and chemical transformations with LEGO bricks. The LEGO Chemistry lesson teaches tough abstract ideas in concrete ways while keeping students excited and interested. Daniel and Maria Staton believe education is the core of success and feel strongly that all children deserve the opportunity to receive a solid education. This is a belief they are also instilling in their own four children.
The Staton Family co-founded The Wellness Community of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky in 1990. The Wellness Community was founded as a non-profit organization whose mission was to help people with cancer and their families enhance their health and well-being by providing a professional program of emotional support, education and hope. In a comfortable, home-like setting The Wellness Community has supported thousands of people affected by cancer. As a result of his admirable efforts with The Wellness Community, Daniel Staton was honored as Cincinnati’s Man of the Year in the late 1990’s – which he described as a “very humbling experience.”
In 2011, The Wellness Community of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky changed its name to Cancer Support Community Greater Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky. Its mission remains “to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.”
As an initial investor of Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Staton Family called on their relationship with the children’s company to underwrite a project that sent more than 1,000 bears to children affected by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana in 2005. The Staton’s brought the “Build-A-Bear Mobile” to Boca Raton, Florida where students at Pine Crest School stuffed the bears and wrote notes to the children in Louisiana. The bears were delivered to the Baton Rouge, Louisiana Fire Department who distributed them to the victims of the storm. The experience was a life lesson for the children making the bears as well an uplifting surprise for the kids receiving them. Build-A-Bear Workshop has a strong sense of community involvement, which made them the perfect partner for The Staton Family in this outreach project.
The Staton Family provides scholarships to students for tuition and uniforms at Boca Ballet Theatre. These scholarships allow young dancers, who may not have the opportunity otherwise, to continue their education in dance and pursue their dreams of performing locally or even on national stages.
Boca Ballet Theatre, established in 1991, is the 6th largest dance company in Florida and one of the top civic companies in the United States. Over the last 16 years, The School of Boca Ballet Theatre has educated more than 5,000 young people and has performed for over 112,000 audience members from the Tri-County area and beyond. 500 students, including 100 adults, study in the 11,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility each week. Annually, Boca Ballet Theatre performs a schedule of 13 performances in 4 different programs at the Esther B. Griswold Hall at Florida Atlantic University and for the community at Mizner Park Amphitheatre.