Founders Story

The founders, Robin Quivers and Brendan Murphy, came together while working on another charitable event for the United Nations Girl Fund, in early 2009. After the event, Robin and Brendan realized that they shared similar aspirations and goals and agreed to come together to form the 15 Foundation. Both founders wanted to make the art of giving a fun process; one in which anyone could participate. Robin and Brendan agreed to combine their resources to maximize the exposure they could provide to worthy charities. Most importantly, Robin and Brendan agreed that the best way to be effective was to put together fun, dynamic events that would bring like-minded, charitable people together for exemplary causes.

Robin Quivers

Robin Quivers is best known as the witty, dynamic, female counterpart to Howard Stern on one of the country’s most popular radio shows. Such success following her humble start makes giving back a priority for her. She says, “Seeing someone else blossom as a result of some little thing you do is an irreplaceable feeling.” Previous charitable endeavors include rallying her girlfriends to raise money for women in a Sudanese refugee camp, sitting on the board of the Child Abuse Prevention Program and appearing on Celebrity Jeopardy to raise money for The Seeds School of Maryland–a non profit boarding school. With the founding of the 15 Foundation Quivers dreams of giving back just got a lot bigger.


Vida Mulec – Director

After a professional career in tennis, a BA in Finance at Baylor University and an MA in International Affairs at the New School in New York, Vida chose to embark on an investment banking career at Deutsche Bank. While working on Wall Street, she started volunteering with the International Rescue Committee and seized opportunities that led to travel in several developing countries. During this discovery phase, she realized that her true passion was social change. In 2009 she was part of the international marketing team that launched the MASSIVEGOOD project, a major global fundraising initiative led by the Millennium Foundation and the billion dollar not-for-profit organization UNITAID. In April 2010, Vida took on another exciting challenge alongside Robin Quivers as Director at the 15 Foundation. Contact: [email protected]

Kris Braaten

Mr. Braaten is the owner and president of a chain of natural health food stores in the Midwest/Chicago area. In addition Kris is a successful real estate developer and expert in green building. Kris brings his expertise in organizational management and strong contacts in the retail business to the 15 Foundation board. Kris is the happy father of 3, a great athlete, and a valued member of the 15 Foundation board.

Jose Andino

Mr. Andino serves as the current Vice President at NBC Universal. Jose spends his time in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles and has developed very strong contacts throughout the broadcasting and television world. A native of Brooklyn, via Puerto Rico, and a graduate of Cornell University, Jose will play a vital role in helping the foundation develop its programs and will serve as the director of the nominating committee.

Neil Everett

Neil Everett is the host of the #1 watched sports program in the world ESPN SPortscenter. Neil brings years of experience and contacts in the sports and broadcasting sector. A former resident of Hawaii and current resident of Venice Beach, Ca., Neil brings a welcome” West Coast” energy to the 15 Foundation. Neil will serve as the voice of the foundation at all of our events and tremendous access to the world of professional sports.

Ken Sadowsky

Beverage industry expert who has been a director of Glaceau (vitaminwater) and his former family-owned distribution company Atlas Distributing of MA. He is currently a director of Vita Coco coconut water, Hint water, and a publicly traded company Millennium Biotechnologies. He also serves as Senior Beverage Advisor to Verlinvest, a Belgian family fund with ties to Anheuser-Busch InBev. He also serves on a Dean’s Advisory Council at Tulane U. Ken brings his contacts, business acumen and philanthropic efforts to the 15 Foundation.

Kerry Egan

Kerry lives in San Francisco and owns and operated the Villagio Inn & Spa in Napa Valley, as well Kerry owns and operates the Vintage Inn and V marketplace, also in Napa. Kerry is well known for his creative hospitality and is considered an expert in fine wine as well. Kerry also brings a tremendous experience and success in the hotel and hospitality business and will serve as key member of the board in organizing some of the upcoming 15 events.

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