Newsletter Summer-Fall 2016

 

As The Stone and Holt Weeks Foundation website states, “Through unbearable sorrow and unending love, the Foundation has as its mission to try and carry on the dreams of Stone and Holt in their spirits....”


The Foundation has grown organically around support for organizations that were important to Stone and to Holt -- and a certain rhythm of giving on their behalf has evolved. These are all organizations that they were excited about, and they were eager to support for a very long time.


One way we go on living is through finding Holt's and Stone's ongoing and inspiring spirits by giving on their behalf from season to season. In many cases, the organizations recognize and encourage volunteerism in honor of Holt and of Stone.


In the summer, Muscular Dystrophy Association camps are held in the Chicago and Washington areas -- and in honor of Stone's MDA camp volunteer work, the Foundation sends special gifts and sponsorship help. Also in the summer, We Kare-eoke in Houston -- organized by dear friends of Stone and of Holt -- raises money for and awareness of The Beacon Day Center for the Homeless. Through Houston friends, Stone discovered the essential work that the Beacon does and he joyously introduced Holt to its mission. They had high hopes to set up a partnership between The Beacon and Rice University students.


In the fall, Stone's fraternity at the University of Delaware, Pi Kappa Phi, holds a We Kare-eoke night in Newark -- where Stone had such good times -- to benefit the fraternity's national charity, The Ability Experience. The Foundation sends event support and additional contributions.


In the spring, The Foundation makes generous donations to the following organizations through their respective creative endeavors on behalf of Holt and Stone. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society stages the Holt Weeks Trailblazer Award Challenge, a competition among high schools in the Washington metropolitan region to see who can come up with the most original fundraising idea for LLS -- as Holt had done. Rebuilding Together of Washington DC awards a green-conscious volunteer in honor of Holt's work and Environment America awards an organizer in honor of Holt's and Stone's work. There are also school awards in memory of Holt and of Stone. 


In spring and fall there are nature field trips in honor of Holt and Stone

for DC public school children at Audubon Naturalist Society’s Woodend Sanctuary, a place that Holt and Stone dearly loved.


In the winter, an annual We Kare-eoke event in Washington is held during the Christmas holidays. This year again, the event is being staged by many dear friends of Stone and of Holt.


And, when disasters occur that would motivate Holt and Stone to compassionate action, the Foundation makes strategic donations -- such as our recent grant to Partners in Health to aid their relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged Haiti. We identify with “Loss Beyond Measure”.


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Other Recent Foundation involvement: 

In June and July, campers with Muscular Dystrophy and camp counselor volunteers gathered in the Chicago and the Washington areas. The Foundation sponsored campers in financial need and sent additional fun gifts for this year’s Olympic themed camps. Volunteer awards were presented in honor of Stone. At the Chicago camp, Maddie Mier and Dave Cousins were chosen by their peers for their outstanding work. Chicago camp photographs are here. John Diegert was awarded for his more than three decades of service at the Washington camp. Washington camp photographs are here.

A young camper and counselors at MDA Camp, Washington 2016

In August We Kare-eoke *Houston* was organized by dear friends in Houston -- to help the Foundation benefit The Beacon. This year’s volunteer award named in honor of Stone and Holt was presented to Diana Whitney who was unable to attend. She was represented by her parents, Judy Levison and Simon Whitney. Again, we extend deep gratitude to Jennifer Condi, Breen Eitel, Kyle Tenas, Andy Le, Kia Hawkins, Bola Olowu, and Sabrina Favoriti for making the night such a success. Photographs are here.

And in early November, We Kare-eoke *Delaware* was organized in memory of Stone and Holt by Theta Nu chapter -- which Stone helped found -- of Pi Kappa Phi at The University of Delaware. Proceeds plus a generous contribution from The Foundation benefit the fraternity’s national charity for disabled persons, The Ability Experience. Photographs are here. Thank you to these compassionate and caring young men.

Supporters at We Kare-eoke *Houston*

We Kare-eoke *Delaware* presented by Pi Kappa Phi at The University of Delaware

We Kare-eoke *Washington* is coming up this year on Thursday, December 22 at Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD. Thank you to dear friends of Stone and Holt, Sarah Taylor Bower, Rob Bouknight, Nathan Barash, and Caroline Lacey for leading the organization of this meaningful night to benefit The Foundation -- for Holt and for Stone. More information will be posted by Friends of the Foundation on The Stone and Holt Weeks Foundation Facebook Page soon.

Last fall’s Audubon Naturalist Society Nature Field Trip -- benefitting DC Public School children

The Foundation is sponsoring three separate nature field trips for DC school children in mid-November at Audubon Naturalist Society. H. D. Cooke Elementary School will send kindergarteners to explore and learn. With the new ANS bus, which the Foundation helped to fund, more children in smaller groups will be able to visit and stay longer. We thank ANS for making it possible for us to bring more inner city children into meaningful contact and communion with nature.

We Kare-eoke *Washington* 2015

As always, thank you for all of your support.

And love, always on behalf of Stone and of Holt,

Linton and Jan

Stone and Holt in the Fall, 2000