On September 11, 2001 our family experienced a tragic event that will forever impact our lives. We all lost a wonderful daughter, sister, aunt, relative and friend in Betty when she died. At 45 years old, Betty was an active and happy young woman, living her life long dream of being a flight attendant/purser. Betty had a loving, caring nature and she always placed the needs of others before her own, never hesitating to lend a helping hand, express a kind thought, or share a heart felt chuckle. That's just the way Betty was.
Our family has spent almost 5 years adjusting our lives without Betty. For each of us that means something different, but for all of us it means missing her everyday. As we go through this difficult adjustment period the hardest part has been the realization that Betty is gone. We live every day believing that something good can be born out of this tragedy. That good is the Betty Ann Ong Foundation. The foundation's goal is to serve as a helping hand for overweight and obese children.
Betty believed that having a positive self-image and self-confidence at an early age was crucial to the development of a well adjusted individual. The message Betty shared with children whose lives she touched was that a positive “can do” attitude will always triumph over life's setbacks and problems.
Now, more than ever, the number of children who are overweight and obese is rising at a rapid rate. Obesity in children is a serious disease with many health and psychological-social related consequences. These consequences often continue into adulthood. Implementing prevention programs and working with children to promote lifelong physical activity and healthy eating habits are important in controlling this obesity epidemic.
In memory of Betty, we ask for your generous support. A tax deductible donation to the Betty Ann Ong Foundation will help sponsor and send obese children to the Western Wellspring Adventure Camp this summer. Please help us help children build a positive self-image and self-confidence so that they can grow to become healthy, strong and productive individuals.
Your generous support will make it possible for children to:
- learn about the positive benefits of healthy eating,
- engage in various physical activities in the great outdoors, and
- bond with a group of their peers facing and overcoming the same physical and emotional challenges of obesity.
The cost of sending a child to camp is $4,950.00 and the Betty Ann Ong Foundation will endeavor to send as many children to camp as possible. We want to make it clear that our Foundation is extremely thankful for all contributions received and that every penny will be applied towards our endeavor.
Please help us remember and honor Betty with your generous contribution and support to the Foundation.
On behalf of the Betty Ann Ong Foundation, I sincerely thank you.
Checks should be made payable to Betty Ann Ong Foundation and can be sent to the Foundation at:
The Betty Ann Ong Foundation FEIN 56-2305946
P.O. Box 1108
For those of you who wish to learn more about the Western Wellspring Adventure Camp, please log on to www.wellspringcamps.com.
To request a copy of our 501 (c) (3) determination letter, you may do so by sending an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.