Money, as a theme, permeates the reality TV show Wall Street Warriors. Go figure, right? In a recent episode, one warrior proclaimed he came to Wall Street to get rich or die tryin'.
But Brett Hickey, private equity fund manager and participant on the show's second season on the MOJO cable television network, hopes viewers see past his donning expensive suits, driving a red Ferrari, and livin' it up in the Hamptons.
Those aren't the things that are most important, said Mr. Hickey, co-founder and president of Aegis Capital Group LLC, New York. He sits on the boards of four non-profits and founded Acorn Charities Group, which fights cancer. His mother died from the disease when he was 6, so Mr. Hickey's aunt was like a second mom. When, later in life his aunt beat breast cancer thanks to early detection, that proved to Mr. Hickey that the donations and volunteering to organizations fighting the disease and raising awareness have had an impact.
In March, the Shinnyo-en Foundation, San Francisco, gave Mr. Hickey a Pathfinders to Peace award for his work with Acorn. The other winners were actors Morgan Freeman and Mira Sorvino, and fashion designer Marc Ecko. The Shinnyo-en Foundation promotes service as a way to build harmonious people and communities, according to its website.
Everybody can make little differences, Mr. Hickey said. He hopes viewers will be inspired by his service work, despite having a busy Wall Street job. The show allowed me to get some of those messages out there.
But the money theme is unavoidable: One of Acorn's recent fundraisers was between chukkers at Bridgehampton Polo.Drew Carter