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Filipp Chebotarev and Polina Chebotareva, partners at Cambridge Companies SPG, a Newport Beach based strategic opportunity investment firm, provided over 400 new pairs of athletic shoes to students at Franklin Elementary School in Santa Ana.

On the morning of December 20, Cambridge Companies SPG launched the holiday vacation at Franklin Elementary School by gifting the entire student-body with a new pair of shoes, individually measured for each child, so all students can attend class in comfort and with dignity, better prepared to learn, play and thrive.

“We are honored to partner with Franklin Elementary and Shoes That Fit,” said Filipp Chebotarev, Managing Partner at Cambridge Companies SPG. “This is our third year being involved with Shoes That Fit and we've experienced first-hand how inspired, empowered and deserving the children that the organization serves are. We believe that these children, regardless of their socioeconomic status, deserve the chance to be future leaders in our community. With the right focus on education, a strong self-esteem and empowerment we hope to inspire positive long term change in the parts of the community where it is needed.”

“Shoes That Fit is an organization near and dear to our hearts, as Filipp and I as children experienced what it's like to only have one old pair of shoes and the embarrassment and insecurity that goes with this when we immigrated to the U.S. as children in 1993,” said Polina Chebotareva, Managing Partner at Cambridge Companies SPG. “We are so proud to partner with Shoes That Fit. These efforts help empower, build self-esteem, and effectively prepare these kids for future leadership positions and becoming highly productive members of our community.”

A big thank you to Fillip, Polina, Cambridge Companies and Franklin Elementary School for making this a holiday to remember!

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