High School Senior Launches Company to Sell Ties to Benefit Pediatric Cancer



Dillon Kab, a senior at Ross School in East Hampton, has started a company, Connecs, that creates fundraising programs for nonprofit organizations. Her first program, Ties For a Cure, benefits The Max Cure Foundation, a pediatric cancer charity.

Connecs sells donated merchandise (ties, in this case) with the goal of benefiting charities that are important to Dillon. Money raised from Ties For a Cure is used to provide financial support for families in need with a child battling cancer. All families benefiting have a child being treated at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

The ties are sold for $25 and 85% of the gross revenue is donated to the Max Cure Foundation and benefits families being treated at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

Reflecting on why she started Connecs, Dillon is quick to answer, “Growing up with two parents who are entrepreneurs I find the business world fascinating, exciting, and inviting. I decided to start my first company in support of a worthy cause and I wanted to contribute and make a difference with my work. My family has been involved with charitable organizations and I felt compelled to combine my business skills with some of the charities that are close to my heart."

Dillon started Connecs, as her senior project and plans to continue with the business after graduation. She has been Student Government Class President throughout high school, is a varsity volleyball player, and has played soccer for LIJSL club for 14 seasons.

Dillon hopes to expand Ties For a Cure across the east end of Long Island into more local stores. She also hopes to expand Connecs with new programs and products to help other nonprofits. Please go to www.connecs.net to contact Dillon, for more information, or to donate.