Left to Right: Dr. Moliterno, Tim Evans and Dr. Schell. Drs. Randy Schell and David Moliterno of Lexington, Kentucky’s University of Kentucky Medical School rode from the Canadian border near Bellingham, Washington to San Diego on the Mexico line – 2,400 miles to raise funds for burials assisted by The Unforgettables Foundation (www.unforgettables.org).
The Unforgettables Foundation (“TUF”) has a chapter in a few states across the United States, as well as in the province of Ontario in Canada. Based in Redlands, California, of the Inland Empire and Inland Southern California region, the 22-year-old 501 (c)(3) non-profit is unique in its mission to aid and support at-risk, grief-stricken, and cash-strapped parents who are struggling with a child’s funeral costs.
The Unforgettables has existing extension affiliates in Ohio, Nevada, Tennessee, as well as, soon in Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico, the generation group cares about families.
Last summer, Drs. Randy Schell and David Moliterno of Lexington, Kentucky’s University of Kentucky Medical School rode from the Canadian border near Bellingham, Washington to San Diego on the Mexico line – 2,400 miles to raise funds for burials assisted by The Unforgettables Foundation (www.unforgettables.org).
It was called Dr. Randy’s Unforgettable Ride 2.0. About a year after Randy’s Ride through the mountains and coast of Washington, Oregon & California during about 30 days in August and September 2021, Kentucky experienced some terrible natural disaster flooding and some children drowned and died.
TUF will be doing what it can to help defray the burial costs for the pending funerals in Kentucky. Volunteers, including Lois Schell, RN and Brooke Pernice, country western/gospel recording artist and chaplain in Kentucky, will be working with the Board of TUF in the headquarter office in California to step up.
Says TUF CEO and Founder, a former children’s hospital chaplain in Loma Linda, California, Tim Evans, “We care about families who have lost children and try to help cover some of the funeral costs in order to show that the community cares about the concerns of the parents on a spiritual, emotional, social and financial level. All can donate at www.unforgettables.org”.
Drs. Randy Schell and David Moliterno who rode together all the over 2,400 miles of last summer/fall’s Dr. Randy’s Unforgettable Ride 2.0 will be doing an international version in 2022 on the Bamboo Road through Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia called Drs. David & Randy’s Unforgettable Global Ride 1.0.
Some of the funds raised will go to setting up the new Kentucky chapter of TUF and in specific to the special Kentucky for Kids special flood crisis fund.
Donate at the website at www.unforgettables.org. All donations go to the mission of assisting cash-strapped, at risk and grief-stricken parents struggling with the child’s funeral costs.
The Unforgettables Foundation (“TUF”) ushers in a new board term in July each year for the past generation. This year’s 2022-23 team will be in office for 18-months as opposed to 12 in a switch to January thru December.
Incoming Co-Chairs, Todd Underwood and Brandon Harrison are also leading out in the annual TUF Board Retreat scheduled for July 15th & 16th in Palm Springs at the B&B home of a core Desert Committee member during this busy new board month.
The Executive Committee group joining Todd, a retired Allstate franchise owner and former President of both the Redlands Optimist and Redlands Chamber of Commerce and Brandon, a CPA and partner of Eide Bailly in Rancho Cucamonga are the following community leaders.
Secretary, Jo-Lynn Acrey of Riverside, a senior care executive with The Key; immediate past Co-Chairs, Christine Carrillo, owner of Beamer Tax & Business Services in Yucaipa, along with LeAnne Chavez, owner of Advanced Wellness Physical Therapy, a mobile PT practice; Stan Morrison, the Emeritus Co-Chair from Riverside; former Co-Chair and Las Vegas Chapter liaison, Thomas Slaughter (a nationally known business and tech consultant); Co-Chair Elect, Reggie Jackson, a well-established financial planner in Redlands; along with the 3 members at large, Patrick Casady, past Co-Chair from Corona, and the advisor for fundraising event collaborations; Greg Dieterich, a retired executive in the International Trucking Company and former Optimist Club of Redlands President, along with Kevin Tetley, a Raymond James Tetley Wealth Group financial consultant and current Riverside Kiwanis Club President, leading the budget and finance area.
Tim Evans, as Founder, also sits on the Executive Committee, ad does invitee Kimberly Krause, a funeral professional from the Palm Springs area who leads the Desert Committee in the Coachella Valley. A Treasurer and a Co-Chair Elect will be named next month.
Beyond the sprinting start to the new board term of a strategic planning retreat are two fund raiser/friend raiser events in July, the Friday the 22nd collaboration golf event at Los Serranos Course in Chino Hills put on by the ICWA through the efforts of Mr. Casady, who is on that water industry board, as well. (It goes 50/50 with Ronald McDonald House and spaces for teams are still available at https://www.icwa-group.com/annual-charity-golf.)
Call 909-335-1600 or 909-855-3130, for more information.
Also, the longtime favorite – Unforgettables Birthday Baseball Bash Picnic at San Manuel Ball Park Stadium in San Bernardino on July 30th is selling tickets at $30 with supper, a seat ticket and a special giveaway – Angels blanket – per attendee. Contact our office at 909-335-1600.
Mike Morrell says “It is amazing how many big hearted people there are doing extraordinary things to help children & families each day.”
Doctor Tomás Morales, President of California State University of San Bernardino, will be recognized.
Carl M. Dameron founder and creative director of Dameron Communications will also be recognized. Photo by Robert A. Whitehead/CSUSB
Redlands, Calif. – The Unforgettables Foundation will host its 5th Annual Heart Awards Luncheon on Friday, February 12th at the Fox Event Center in downtown Redlands. The Foundation will honor the exceptional volunteers, service groups and companies that care for and give to children, families and the less fortunate across Inland Southern California.
California State Senator Mike Morrell did not envision how successful the Unforgettable Hearts Awards would be five years ago when he and Unforgettables Founder Tim Evans mapped out the idea over a lunch in mid December 2011. Morrell says “It is amazing how many big hearted people there are doing extraordinary things to help children & families each day.”
This February 12 at 11am at The Fox Theatre in Redlands, another list of 60 ‘Unforgettable Hearts’ from across San Bernardino and Riverside Counties will join a previous alumni group of over 200 individuals, foundations & business’. The title sponsor is Alaina Matthews of Highland.
Doctor Tomás Morales, President of California State University of San Bernardino, will be recognized, as will 11-year old Faith Powell of Highland and Tyler Nguyen of Rialto, and Anne Rogan of Rogan Building Services in Riverside.
Recipients from 25 different Inland Empire towns example the power of people to do good, like Dameron Communication’s Carl Dameron of San Bernardino and Margaret Muller of Yucaipa who’s idea Knots of Love has created almost 300,000 knit caps to cover the heads of cancer patients.
Over 200 community members have received the Heart Award honor already. One special honor called the Unforgettable Summer Austin Award is given to worthy recipients for exemplary financial commitment to The Unforgettables Foundation. The award honors John & Judy Austin, formerly from Redlands, and their daughter, Summer, who died at the age of 20. Their dedication to the cause has helped raise over $250,000 for families not able to afford to bury their children.
Many local politicians will be present to congratulate the chosen recipients from across the region, including keynote speaker Mike Morrell, Assemblypersons Marc Steinorth and Cheryl Brown and San Bernardino County Supervisors James Ramos and Josie Gonzales and Janice Rutherford-Lim.
Tickets to the event are $75 pre-registration and $85 at the door. Tables of 10 can be purchased and sponsorships are available. Please call 909-335-1600 to reserve your seats.
About The Unforgettables Foundation
The Unforgettables Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded by Timothy Evans in 1999. During a decade of clinical ministry to children and their families, Evans assisted families with many crises surrounding the death of a child-not the least of which are the financial burdens experienced by families with limited resources. For 16+ years the organization has provided burial assistance for more than 5,000 families in Southern California. It is the mission of the organization that every family that goes through the terrible tragedy of losing a child should be able to afford a dignified burial. For more information please call 909-335-1600.