Doing something wacky with a group of friends creates good times and happy memories. If you’re somehow able to combine your fun with helping out a worthwhile cause, it makes the occasion even more pleasurable.
For several years, a group of women and men from the Northern Chautauqua County area have combined their love of doing something wacky (participating in the annual Turkey Trot race in Buffalo morning dressed in pink, feathered boas and flamingo hats) with supporting a worthy cause. During the previous three years, the “Flying Flamingos” raised more than $15,000 for TRC’s Kathy Seastedt “Dream On” Fund.
Kathy was a 25-year employee of The Resource Center when she passed away unexpectedly in 2008. To honor her legacy, TRC Foundation renamed its Community Support Fund the Kathy Seastedt “Dream On” Fund. The fund makes dreams come true for area residents with disabilities by providing money for urgently needed items or services.
The selection of the Dream On Fund as the beneficiary of the Flamingos’ fund-raising efforts was appropriate because one of the group’s members, Andrea Tramuto, is Kathy’s sister. Her sister’s passion to support those with special needs led Andrea to suggest that the Flamingos raise money for the Dream On Fund.
“Advocating for people with disabilities was central to Kathy’s being. I can remember going to see her at The Resource Center and the clients lighting up when they saw her. It was amazing to watch the impact she had others,” said Andrea. “I also remember her attending my college graduation and being very upset about a graduate in a wheelchair who did not have proper access to the stage. She let her concerns be known to the college officials.
“That was Kathy – always fighting for the rights of those with disabilities.”
While the Flamingos will be participating in the 2014 Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, they did not have time to organize a formal fund-raising drive this year. But they still encourage people to consider making a financial contribution in support of the Dream On Fund. That’s because the need still exists.
Many people with disabilities face other socioeconomic challenges that can dramatically disrupt their lives. Often, a relatively small amount of money can make the difference between whether someone with a disability can continue to live independently. In this past year, 120 individuals were assisted by the Dream On Fund. Money from the fund was used to purchase items and services such as:
- Furnace repair
- Respite assistance
- Rent assistance
- Utility assistance
- CPAP charge cord
- Household supplies
- Gym membership
- Summer Camp
- Adaptive equipment
- AC unit
- Pest control
- Personal care aide
- Vehicle repairs
- iPod amplifier
- Door alarms
- Orthopedic shoes
Please consider making a donation to the Kathy Seastedt “Dream On” Fund in memory of Kathy. To make a secure, online donation, visit http://resourcecenter.org/support-trc/donate-today/. In the drop-down menu where you can select why you’re making a donation, click on Kathy Seastedt “Dream On” Fund.
If you’d prefer to pay by mail, send a check made payable to “TRC Foundation/Flamingos” (write “Dream On Fund” on the memo line) to TRC Foundation, 92 Fairmount Avenue, Jamestown, NY, 14701.