Marty Burbank has done well for himself.
The attorney fell in love on a boat, got married on a boat and was just about to buy the boat of his dreams until one day, his pastor talked about money.
Not how much to tithe or what kind of car to buy, but how to give it to charity. Moved by the sermon, he and his wife, Seon Chun-Burbank, decided to go above and beyond and give to the point it hurt.
After Marty did the math on what a boat would cost to store, to maintain and to purchase, he felt convicted and knew there were better things to do with that kind of money.
Through their church, the couple met Tessa Ashton, a kindergarten teacher at Rio Vista Elementary. Tessa’s class was full of English-language learners, most of whom belonged to low income and single parent families. Because of their financial situations, most of the kids in Tessa’s class wouldn’t be able to afford college.
For the past four years, Marty has been volunteering and donating supplies and money to the elementary school and its teachers, but he felt like there was still more that he could do.
“For the cost of buying a boat and the maintenance and the storage over the next 12 years, I can put these kids through school, and that seemed like a better investment,” Burbank told local news channel FOX 11.
So that’s what they did.
The couple is going to pay for two years of community college and two years at a California state university for all 26 of Tessa’s students.
That means that they’re going to spend over $1 million of their own money to give these kids a future.
Not only does this mean no boat for the Burbanks but it also means that Marty is going to have to put off his retirement.
“They say give until it hurts a little, and this hurts. But we feel it’s the best investment we could make,” he told CNN.
Marty wasn’t looking for publicity but it definitely found him, now he just hopes that what he’s doing will inspire others to follow along.