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Oahu SPCA in escrow for their new facility with the help from Doneganburns foundation

SPCA Building



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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Meet my 8th grade son, Tahmiere. He went from a 1st grade reading level to 8th grade reading level in 1 ½ years and is on his way to testing out of Special Ed all by using Fast ForWord!



Hi Bettye,


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. 


Tara Socia

Tucson AZ

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Boys & Girls Club annual gala raises over $110,000

 Village News


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

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.

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San Marcos Students Receive Scholarships

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

Jennifer, Liz, Vonda, and Michele, – Financial Team


The three students who were given scholarships are:

SMSU Scholarship RecipientsCarolyn 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.



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Grant Turns a Page on Literacy

Dustin Gowan and Heather Hamblin will teach literacy in a pilot after school program at TOW.

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/)

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17th Annual Country Hoedown!!!

From Left to Right: Terry Kane, Bettye Burns, Pam Moss, Diane Trappen, Geri Sides, Joy Williams

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



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REINS Hoedown slated for Oct. 12

 Village News      

    – 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.

Scare CrowThis 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 jennifer@reinsprogram.org.

Courtesy of Fallbrook Village News – Thursday, Sept. 26th, 2013, Issue 39, Volume 17.


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Donegan Burns Foundation Presents Check to TROT (Therapeutic Riding of Tucson)

Randy Geurin Presents a $25,000 check to TROT

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

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Donegan Burns Foundation President, Bettye Burns makes presentation to Dr. Erin English, School Principal

Donegan Burns Foundation President, Bettye Burns makes presentation to Dr. Erin English, School Principal

Foothill Oak Elementary School located in Vista, CA was awarded $25,000 towards using the Fast Forward Reading Intervention Program in an after-school program starting in the fall of 2013. This after-school program will focus on incoming second and third graders who, despite efforts during school and at home, do not progress in the area of reading. Thank you to Bettye Burns and the Donegan Foundation for their generosity and commitment to providing support that will ensure children attain the skills they need to become literate.

Published on the Foothill Oak Elementary School website



Dr. Erin English and students thank the Donegan Burns Foundations

Dr. Erin English and students thank the Donegan Burns Foundations

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