Doctors Without Borders

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Doctors Without Borders (DWB) is the real deal. From providing education for HIV prevention to delivering emergency medical treatment to injured civilians in war zones, like Aleppo, these volunteers are amazingly dedicated to helping their fellow human beings. They offer this help to anyone in need, regardless of political affiliation, religious beliefs, race, or creed.

HotWax Systems was psyched for the chance to cooperate with local Salt Lake City artist Laura Sharp Wilson (who also designed the amazing floor across the street in the Eccles Theater) to make a charitable contribution to Doctors Without Borders a few weeks ago. Laura had a great idea: she offered a painting to the person or organization willing to make the largest donation to DWB, and a bidding war ensued! We were the lucky winners, and happy to make the contribution to DWB. Our good deed was rewarded with this fine piece.

Hurricane Rain

Hurricane Rain – Laura Sharp Wilson

It has been a good reminder for us. Business is about more than striving for efficiency and maximizing profits. The best part about a successful business is the good it facilitates. Meaningful jobs and a good living for employees and their families make our local communities better places. Historically and today, the exchange of goods and services offers a great way to combine ideas, gain new perspectives, and enhance cultures, locally and globally. Earning the trust of your clients and customers is personally rewarding and satisfying. These are the most inspiring aspects of doing business.

As Marc Benioff put it, “The business of business isn’t just about creating profits for shareholders — it’s also about improving the state of the world and driving stakeholder value.” We couldn’t agree more. Thanks for the opportunity to do something good here Laura, and for the excellent painting. And thanks to the medical professionals and logisticians at Doctors Without Borders for waging peace and kindness so relentlessly.


About Laura Sharp Wilson

Laura Sharp Wilson was born and raised in New Jersey and received her MFA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She has been exhibiting her work in galleries and museums nationally and internationally for over twenty years, and has been reviewed in Hyperallergic and The Los Angeles Times, among others.  She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, where her commission for a 30,000 square foot terrazzo floor design at the new Eccles Theater was recently completed.

For more information on paintings, please contact Valerie McKenzie at www.mckenziefineart.com



Mike Bates About Mike Bates
Mike Bates founded HotWax Systems in 1997 and is our chief executive. His career in web application sales, marketing, design and development spans two decades, and he is a long time open source software advocate. He has led high-profile web software projects for numerous national and global brands and has taught web development courses at the graduate level. Mike joins other HotWax employees and advisers in periodically posting thoughts here related to HotWax Commerce, OFBiz, digital commerce, and other topics.

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