When someone has had the type of success in their career that Stephen Murray had, I tend to believe there is a certain responsibility to give back. I call it sort of an unwritten rule. Not everyone might agree with that assessment, but I know a lot of people that would give back if they had the chance.
There are even people out there without a lot to give, yet they still decide to give back. There is good in people and if they get the chance to display it, they are usually more than willing. Stephen Murray was a private equity investor and also the president and chief executive officer of CCMP Capital.
All of the money he earned and everything he obtained, he did it the old fashioned way. Nothing was handed to him and nothing came easy. Even though he was the president and chief executive officer of CCMP Capital, he still was a blue collar type of man and a blue collar type of worker.
He always rolled up his sleeves, dived into the work, and went full throttle each and every day on the job. He knew the value of a dollar and he knew that some people were not as fortunate as him. Sometimes people get dealt a bad hand in life and it was not their fault.
Stephen Murray recognized these people, but he also recognized that sometimes people just needed a helping hand. They were on the cusp of doing something great, but they needed a little extra help to get to where they wanted to go in life. One of the big causes he supported was Make-A-Wish. Read more: Former CCMP CEO Stephen Murray Dies at 52
To anyone that has ever met anyone in the Make-A-Wish program, you know they are going through a hard time and they could use a boost and they could use some help. That is why so many celebrities spend time with them as they could really brighten up their day. That is how Stephen was. He had the ability to brighten up someone’s day with his personality and his time.
Stephen Murray also gave back to Boston College, which was the first school he gradated from back in 1984. He knows that a lot of times schools need funding or they need to look at someone like Stephen Murray and see that success is possible and they can achieve anything they set their mind to. He was always willing to help out anyone from Boston College.