Dear Donegan Burns Foundation,
I am pleased to announce that we are in escrow to purchase the new permanent home of the Oahu SPCA. Thanks to your donation and efforts we were able to open the escrow with the earnest money of $10,000. We have secured 2.3 acres of Agricultural land with a view of Kaneohe Bay and we anticipate to begin construction of our temporary facility before the end of September. This is a historic event, for the Oahu SPCA is the first SPCA in Hawaii and the largest shelter with a no-kill philosophy.
We can not put into words our gratitude and appreciation that you have sponsored our Mission. I am looking forward to you visiting the new site and facility.
Warmest regards and mahalo,
Founder and President
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My son Tahmiere had struggled with school since about the 2nd grade, he did not comprehend like some of his peers in class. By the 5th grade his teachers were extremely concerned that Tahmiere was not going to do well in middle school. My husband and I turned to a well know tutoring company here in AZ. Tahmiere went 3 times a week for an year and half and $20K later he made minor improvements but still fell far below the standards.
I started him on Fast ForWord in the summer of 2012. He was assessed in 4 areas phonological awareness, decoding, vocabulary and comprehension and scored at a 1st grade reading level, he was about to start the 6th grade. Fast ForWord is a neuroscience web based program that focuses on the foundation skills and hard wires the child’s brain and feels in the “gaps” that a brain maybe missing. Tahmiere was on the program 64 days and gained 3 years and 4 months of Reading Level gain, his confidence and his ability to process at normal speech improved dramatically. By the middle of 6th grade I was approached by several of his teachers stating that Tahmiere was having a hard time with the curriculum in his class and they wanted me to test him for Special Ed, I agreed, even though I knew he was making great progress with Fast ForWord after such a short time he was still at the 4th grade reading level. Tahmiere was placed in Special Ed in the fall. Now with additional support of teachers and curriculum and doing Fast ForWord every night Tahmiere was making HUGE progress in class and on the program. This past spring Tahmiere took his AIMS (AZ state standard test) and received a meets for Reading, Writing and Math. This December Tahmiere is taking a test to test out of Special Ed. Fast ForWord changed my son’s life! He loves a challenge and no longer afraid to TRY and give it his all.
The Donegan Burns Foundation has partnered with Leading Legacies of San Diego to provide literacy support to encourage disadvantaged students to become proficient readers.
FALLBROOK – The “Viva Las Vegas” themed auction and dinner gala raised over $110,000 in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County’s programs and their 1600 youth members. The event was held on April 26 at Pala Resort Spa and Casino with presenting sponsor Donegan Burns Foundation. The gala was attended by over 230 guests from the Fallbrook community.
Guests were treated to a silent and live auction, along with delicious food and fabulous entertainment. An Elvis impersonator was on hand for guests to have the chance to take a picture with “The King.” The band City Limits had the dance floor packed all throughout the event’s after party. Exciting items, such as VIP tickets to the New York Yankees, a trip to Costa Rica, and a luxury suite at a Padres game were sold to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County.
This year the club took the opportunity during dinner to recognize some of its important supporters. Deborah L. Zoller was awarded Volunteer of the Year for devoting her time and efforts to helping achieve the mission of the club. Bob Lucy of Del Rey Avocado Company was presented with the Helping Hands award for their outstanding support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County. Bettye Burns was given the club’s highest honor, the Champion of Youth award for her continued support and advocacy of the club.
A special tribute was paid to the late Arlyne Ingold in recognition of her incredible service to the club and children of Fallbrook. Arlyne’s daughter, Renee Ingold, was presented with an inscribed vase in honor of her late mother.
“We are so appreciative of the support from the community that makes this fantastic event possible,” said Allison Barclay, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club. “We truly believe that our club is making a difference here in the community of Fallbrook, and the support of our caring sponsors and guests here tonight tells me that we’re not alone in that belief.”
Representing the Donegan Burns Foundation from left, Bettye Burns – President DBF, Dan Woodard -Legal Counsel DBF, Jen Woodard -Board member DBF
Courtesy of Fallbrook Village News –Thursday, May 1st, 2014, Issue 18, Volume 18.
Board member Liz Vasek-Kane of the Donegan Burns Foundation was greeted by scholarship recipients as well as California State University San Marcos staff when she presented scholarship checks to Director of Financial Aid, Vonda Garcia.
Jennifer, Liz, Vonda, and Michele, – Financial Team
The three students who were given scholarships are:
Carolyn Proskow from San Marcos is a psych major and wants to go into forensic sand readily admitted that NCIS was influential in her choice. Her brother and sister are graduates of CSUSM and are working in the San Diego area. She works at Brookfield assisted care part time and rides the Sprinter to school. She will be a sophomore next semester school achievement so far because of her AP classes from high school.
Ashley Crayton lives in Murrieta and commutes daily to the CSUSM Nursing School. The highly rated school has a 5 year program and Ashley want to be a L & D (Labor & Delivery nurse) or a peeds nurse (pediatrics) . She volunteers at the Loma Linda Emergency Room in Murrieta and also has a part time job.
Nathan Lovell, another new freshman is from Los Angeles and lives in the campus dorms and is quite a cook as his room is equipped with a kitchen. He is a business major whose favorite subject is macro economics and who eventually wants to become a Senator. He’s fallen in love with the campus and the San Marcos weather.
The students and staff expressed appreciation to the Donegan Burns Foundation for the financial aid.
Dustin Gowan and Heather Hamblin will teach literacy in a pilot after school program at TOW.
Thanks to a grant, Top of the World Elementary School will be piloting an after school literacy program that provides targeted instruction to struggling readers beginning this month.
“We have invested a great deal of time and money in purchasing research-based programs and I am pleased to report we are seeing great results,” said Irene White, director of special education and student services, who conceded that teachers find it a challenge to provide additional reading instruction in a school day.
An idea surfaced in a meeting with local resident Calvin Nelson, a retired math professor and former Saddleback College dean, who is a board member of Donegan Burns Foundation. The Bonsall-based foundation provides grants for literacy and after-school programs as well as scholarships for deserving youth. The foundation’s grant will fund an after school class four days per week. Dustin Gowan, TOW’s resource specialist, and assistant Heather Hamblin, will teach the class. Students will use the Fast ForWord program over 12 weeks supplemented by instruction based on each child’s individual needs.
By LB Indy Staff on October 18th, 2013 (http://www.lagunabeachindy.com/2013/10/18/grant-turns-page-literacy/)
From Left to Right: Terry Kane, Bettye Burns, Pam Moss, Diane Trappen, Geri Sides, Joy Williams
This year’s Hoedown was an AMAZING success!!! Everyone had a blast! We love seeing all these happy faces!!! Thank you to EVERYONE who helped make it such a huge success, especially our Presenting Sponsor, The Donegan Burns Foundation!!! Please visit our Facebook page for more pictures.
By R.E.I.N.S Therapeutic Horsemanship Program
– REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program invites local residents and their guests to join in the festivities at its 17th annual County Hoedown on Oct. 12, from 4 to 10p.m., presented by the Donegan Burns Foundation.
This “old-time” event is a major fundraiser that helps support the life-changing therapy provided by REINS to disabled children and adults.
The REINS Country Hoedown typically draws over 800 guests from the local community and across the nation. The evening will include a buffet dinner, catered by Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, live entertainment by Left Coast Willie & Friends, a $2,000 gas give-a-way sponsored by “In BonBon We Trust,” a silent auction, and riding demonstrations by REINS very own riders.
This year’s riding demonstrations feature a special tribute to all wounded veterans, so guests are asked to come decked out to show their American pride.
All proceeds from this event go directly to support REINS, which currently provides over 7,000 therapy sessions to children and adults with disabilities each year.
The exceptional form of therapy on horseback that REINS provides brings improved health, recreation and joy to the lives of special riders.
Tickets to the fundraising event are $50/adults, $25/kids 12 and under, $45/military and seniors, and $20/military kids. Family pack of 2 adult and 2 kid’s tickets is $130. Sponsorships with many benefits are still available.
For more information, or tickets, call Jennifer at (760) 731-9168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courtesy of Fallbrook Village News – Thursday, Sept. 26th, 2013, Issue 39, Volume 17.
Randy Geurin Presents a $25,000 check to TROT
Donegan Burns Foundation Board Member, Randy Geurin of Green Valley, presents a $25,000.00 check to TROT to be used in their Heroes for Horses program. This is a program of therapeutic riding for veterans who have suffered injuries from lost limbs to traumatic brain injury. Because there is no fee charged to Veterans, Heroes on Horses is completely funded by private support. To learn how you can help, contact TROT at www.trotofarizona.org or call (502) 401-0661
New Research on Dyslexia Shows Auditory Processing Skills are Key to a Child’s Reading Ability; Fast ForWord Program Addresses Reading Skills and Cognitive Skills Central to All Learning
OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — One in 10 people has dyslexia. On average, children with dyslexia aren’t diagnosed until the third grade, after falling behind their peers. The Donegan Burns Foundation is an organization that helps schools, afterschool programs and children’s organizations provide appropriate instruction to prevent and close these gaps. The foundation has selected the Fast ForWord(R) program from Scientific Learning Corp. (OTCQB:SCIL) as the intervention for its Dyslexia Testing and Intervention (DTI) Grant.
“In our current education system, children at risk for dyslexia often fall two or three years behind before receiving help. These children may suffer bullying, lose confidence and self-esteem, and ultimately drop out of school,” said Bettye Geurin-Burns, president of the Donegan Burns Foundation. “We researched many different programs for children with reading difficulties and found that the Fast ForWord program best met our needs. With Fast ForWord, we’ve seen children advance one or more grade levels in three to nine months of reading intervention.”
The Donegan Burns Foundation’s DTI Grant provides for the implementation of dyslexia testing and intervention for children in kindergarten through grade three in school, and for children ages five to 15 in afterschool programs. Through the grant, children participate in the Fast ForWord online reading intervention 30 to 50 minutes a day, and advance at their own pace. The Fast ForWord program builds reading skills and concurrently develops foundational cognitive skills, like memory, attention, processing, and sequencing, which are central to all learning.
New DTI Grant Recipient
The Donegan Burns Foundation has awarded five DTI Grants to date, the most recent to Foothill Oak Elementary in the Vista Unified School District in California. Foothill Oak Elementary plans to use the Fast ForWord online reading intervention as part of an afterschool program for struggling readers in grades two and three.
“While we’ve been very good at identifying and providing services for students who qualify for special education, we haven’t had the resources to provide individualized attention to students who struggle but do not qualify for these services,” said Dr. Erin English, principal of Foothill Oak Elementary. “We’re excited to receive the DTI Grant and to implement the Fast ForWord program because it will help us meet the needs of students who might otherwise slip through the cracks. By helping children develop their memory, attention, processing and sequencing, we can help them become better learners.”
This article originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal as a press release on August 15, 2013