Hereford Philanthropist Gives Big and Wins Big [VIDEO]Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
Nonprofit Co-founder Wins $250,000 Mega Millions Prize
Marco Avila’s lunch last Wednesday followed the usual routine: he went to a convenience store, waited in line and paid for his meal. Avila then scanned the Mega Millions ticket he bought a few days prior and, unlike his regular lunches, his sandwich and soda came with a $250,000 cash prize.
Although the married father-of-two didn’t tell his family his good news right away, he did ask his daughter a provocative question on the ride to school the next morning: “What would you do if you won the Lottery?” Without hesitation, she said that she would give it to “the foundation.”
The foundation his daughter referenced is The Healing Hands Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides surgical care free-of-charge to children in areas lacking resources throughout the world. Avila co-founded and serves as executive director of The Healing Hands, which is based in Baltimore County. Avila has made his philanthroply a family affair: his wife is an active participant and he has taken his children to countries such as Ecuador and Sierra Leone on the group’s medical missions. Avila plans to donate a portion of his winnings to The Healing Hands Foundation (thhfoundation.org) and will use the rest for bills and his children’s education. The winning ticket was purchased at the White Marsh BP, located at 5250 Campbell Blvd. in Baltimore County.