Starting in 2011, Overseas Brats (OSB) the organization, thought we would incorporate an annual gift-giving project into our annual Gathering each October. It has been met with much support from our Brat community. We are truly moved by your embracement to help others! We are BRATS after all!
In 2011, so many of our fellow Brats who attended school in Japan were extremely moved and devastated by the triple tragedy that impacted their former host country Japan. Many "active duty Brat seniors" still attending school in Japan... had to relocate stateside so they could complete their school year and graduate on time with their peers. We made the American Red Cross in Japan/via our Gathering site's city sister program our Brat Cause recipient this year and raised $2,276.00.
In 2012, we learned of the efforts of Dr. Rick Connell's Ta Touck English School, a village school in Siem Reap, Cambodia. (Rick is a Heidelberg Class of '75 Brat). This particular year we raised $2,526 for the children's school supplies, rain slickers and bicycles with allowed children in remote areas to attend "a" school.
In 2013, we saw our dear friend and visionary, Dr. Tom Drysdale, the founder of the American Overseas School Historical Society (AOSHS), pass away. In Tom's memory we established a Scholarship Fund with AOSHS to be awarded to "active duty Brats." $3,935 was raised.
In 2014, we adopted the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) as our "Brat Cause." MAMF celebrates over two centuries of our military family’s contributions -as the family served with the solider! Although the Museum (headquartered in Albuquerque, NM) is currently an online museum, the organization has been gifted seven historic military housing units from the early 1940s and is in the process of fundraising to rehab them. With the help of donations like ours, (we raised $2,247) MAMF will not only be an online presence but have a permanent physical location for all to view, enjoy and learn from.
For 2015, our Brat Cause was "Brat Pack 11" which is run by 17-year-old Brat Kenzie Hall. An active duty Brat, Kenzie was awarded the Army's Military Child of the Year last year. At just 11 yrs old when her father was deployed to Afghanistan Kenzie started a charity called "Brat Pack 11." BP11 (for short) grants wishes to military kids of wounded and fallen soldiers. With "Brat Pack 11" being a budding charity – which has granted a "few" dreams for young Brats – we wanted to help this Brat teen, grant a few more wishes. Kenzie earned a spot at the distinguished “Teens Can Make it Happen Conference” early in the year. We raised $3,156 for this cause, this year, as of the recent October 2015 Gathering.
If you missed the recent October Gathering and would "still" like to contribute to this Cause:
Donations should be sent to:
P.O. Box 47112
Wichita, KS 67201
Make your tax deductible contribution by CHECK payable to: "Brat Pack 11"
Tax Deduction Note:
Brat Pack 11 just received their 501(c)3 status in July 2015. So
now individuals and alumni associations can officially get the
tax benefit for a deduction to a charitable organization, but to obtain this benefit, your check must be written to "Brat Pack 11" and not to OSB. You may also donate via Paypal (below). PayPal contributions you designate (in the notes) for "Brat Pack 11" WILL be forwarded to Brat Pack 11, but will not be tax deductible as the payment itself will go first to Overseas Brats, and then to Brat Pack 11.
You can also use the PayPal button below to make a donation of $25, $50, or $100.
BRAT CAUSE DONATION for 2015: Brat Pack 11
Want to contribute $25, $50, or $100 to Brat Pack 11 -- the "Brat Cause" for 2015?
Add your donation amount by clicking the PayPal "Add to Cart" button, below:
Note that PayPal payments on behalf of Brat Pack 11 will not be tax deductible -- only checks made payable directly to "Brat Pack 11" are deductible.
Description or Purpose -- Please write 'BRAT CAUSE - Brat Pack 11'
Donations submitted by September 25, 2015, were awarded at our Saturday night banquet at the OVERSEAS BRATS GATHERING, October 1-4, 2015, in Portland, OR. (A total of $3,156 was received.) Donations received after this date will be forwarded to Brat Pack 11.
Thank you so much for your generous support.
Joe Condrill - President OSB
Jeri Glass - Vice President OSB
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