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Most Recent Cleveland Courage Fund Total
As of Tuesday, June 18th, donations to the Cleveland Courage Funds of the Cleveland Foundation and Key Bank total more than:

  • $1,000,000 , with more than 9,100 individual donations!

Note:  see our Events page for upcoming events and news of past events and their success.

Family Ministry Center announces 24-hour prayer vigil and conclusion of special hours for Collection Site

Cleveland, Ohio – June 6th, 2013

An outpouring of love and support has been extended to the four survivors here in Cleveland from New York, Oklahoma, Scotland and as far away as New Zealand, and many more locations around the world!

This news comes from Julie Jones, her staff and community volunteers at the Family Ministry Center.  The Center will conclude the official phase of providing special hours serving as a Collection Site for the Courage Fund with a Prayer Vigil from Friday, June 7th at 3:00 pm to Saturday, June 8th at 3:00 pm.

The regular hours of Monday through Friday from 3:00-7:00 and Saturday from 9:00-1:00 will continue until that time.  After Saturday,  any letters, cards, words of encouragement and goods can be delivered or sent to:

The Family Ministry Center
Attn: Cleveland Courage Fund
[Name of Survivor]
3389 Fulton Road
Cleveland, Ohio  44109

The Center shall maintain their relationship and communications with the official representatives of Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Amanda Berry’s daughter.

Representatives have expressed the women’s deep gratitude for the outpouring of support as well as the respect for their privacy.  Those wanting to help the survivors are encouraged to donate to the Cleveland Courage Fund.  Offers of services can continue to be sent to clevelandcouragefund@gmail.com

The Center’s regular summer business hours are Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.   Prayer will continue to be a central part of what is offered this week concluding with the vigil.  People visiting the Center are encouraged to write their well wishes in memento books that the Center has provided and will be presented to the survivors.

For those interested in participating in the the 24 hour prayer vigil please contact Marlene Morris, Prayer Coordinator at 612-568-3452 with your desired time.

THANK YOU !  The Cleveland Courage Fund would like to thank Johanna Hamm from the offices of Cleveland City Council, Ward 14; Julie Jones, Director of the Family Ministry Center, a program of Bay Presbyterian Church; and, all of the staff and community volunteers that acted so quickly and continue to give of their time in service to Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and her daughter.  Visit The Family Ministry Center to learn more about their mission and how they are making a difference in our community.

One month later survivors are moving on with their lives, grateful for privacy and support, and more than $825,000 has been raised for their benefit

Cleveland, Ohio – June 6th, 2013

One month later the survivors are moving on with their lives and are greatly appreciative of the respect for their privacy and the ongoing support of events and contributions being made to the Cleveland Courage Fund.

The Fund is directly benefiting them now with their immediate needs and will hopefully be able to support their long-term future needs as well. Thank you to all that are working to help these women and the child.  More than $825,000 have been raised so far from more than 8,600 individual donations and more and more fund raising events are being scheduled through June 29th.

For those planning and conducting events for the benefit of the Cleveland Courage Fund, please email us the details of your event and report back to us what you are able to raise and we’ll continue to share the news of these activities here and on our Facebook page.  Email us at: clevelandcouragefund@gmail.com

To donate to the Cleveland Courage Fund, please proceed to the Cleveland Foundation Donation Page and click on the DONATE NOW button.

The following is courtesy of WEWS Cleveland:

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight say thanks for Courage Fund; total now more than $650K
By Plain Dealer staff , May 21, 2013

[Excerpts]

“…These three brave women have asked us to give this message to everyone who has expressed concern and support,” the letter reads. “Amanda, Gina and Michelle want you to know they are doing well. They are happy and safe and continue to heal, a process that requires time and privacy.”

[from the letter]

“We are the attorneys who have come together to help Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.”

“…Their first public message included a simple, heartfelt thanks to well-wishers and supporters for “everything you are doing.” That “everything” now includes perhaps the greatest gift of all – the space and time to reconnect with their families and recover and rebuild their lives. And so they say again, “Thank you. Thank you so much!”

“…We understand some people may be confused about the best way to help. We are in direct, private and ongoing conversations with Amanda, Gina and Michelle about many matters, including your generosity.

While they appreciate the generous offers of goods and services, for now, they are trying to assess what they need today and for years to come. That’s why donations to the Cleveland Courage Funds are so welcome.”

“…We are confident the Cleveland Courage Funds are the legitimate, appropriate and most effective vehicles for this effort. In fact, donations to the Cleveland Courage Funds are already being distributed to the four survivors consistent with the concepts behind the trusts that are being set up. And as soon as the trusts are in place, one-hundred percent of all donations to the Cleveland Courage Funds will go into those trusts…

Kathy Joseph, Heather Kimmel, Henry Hilow, and James Wooley are attorneys representing the survivors on a pro bono basis.

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PRESS RELEASE RE: COURAGE FUND

Contact: Lynne Woodman, VP Media Relations,
KeyBank office: 216-471-2890 media hotline: 216-577-1374
Lynne_Woodman@KeyBank.com

May 16, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

All Donations to the Cleveland Courage Funds
Will Go to New Trust Funds for Survivors
$480,000 Raised to Date

CLEVELAND – May 16, 2013 – The Cleveland Courage Funds, set up by Cleveland City Council members to benefit kidnap survivors Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, and Amanda Berry and her daughter, now total more than $480,000.

More than 5,100 individual donations have been made to them through the Funds. Donations have come from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and from several foreign countries. The total includes major new gifts – $50,000 from the Cleveland Foundation and $10,000 from Key Bank, which is also providing pro bono financial counsel to the survivors. Trusts for each of the four survivors are being created to accept all donations received through the Cleveland Foundation and Key Bank.

The Cleveland Courage Funds were set up at the Cleveland Foundation and Key Bank two days after the release of the survivors. The Centers for Families and Children will accept the funds from the Cleveland Foundation as a fiscal intermediary and distribute 100 percent of the donations to the four survivors’ trust funds. In addition, 100 percent of donations to the Cleveland Courage Fund at Key Bank will go directly into the survivors’ trust funds.

Christopher Kelly, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day, and Tom Stevens, Vice Chair and Chief Administrative Officer of KeyBank, are co-advisors to the fund. Jones Day is the law firm representing the survivors pro bono. Stevens will be retiring from KeyBank next month.

“None of the organizations involved is taking any administrative fees or other compensation,” said Stevens. “We are delighted to serve as advisors to help ensure that Gina, Michelle and Amanda are able to use the money for their well-being, not just for today, but for years to come. The amount already raised and the organizations who have stepped up to help pro bono are truly remarkable.”

“Jones Day has worked with the Cleveland Foundation, Key Bank, The Centers for Families and Children, the Ohio Attorney General’s office and Cleveland City Council members Brian Cummins and Matt Zone to develop this structure to assure the public that every penny donated goes to the survivors,” said Jim Wooley, Jones Day attorney who is speaking on behalf of the survivors. “We’re confident the Cleveland Courage Funds are a legitimate, effective and an appropriate vehicle for accepting these donations.”

The Cleveland Courage Funds were established by Cleveland City Council members Cummins and Zone . They named the funds in honor of the courage shown by the survivors.

“Gina, Michelle, and Amanda are so grateful to the Cleveland community and well-wishers world-wide for their generosity and to the council members for starting the Cleveland Courage Funds,” said Wooley.

“We are also aware of the many offers of donated goods and services,” Wooley added. “However, the best way to help right now is to donate dollars to take care of immediate needs, such as medical care and counseling.

” Donors can give online at http://www.clevelandfoundation.org/courage or via U.S. mail at Cleveland Courage Fund c/o the Cleveland Foundation, 1422 Euclid Ave., Suite 1300, Cleveland, OH 44115. Donors can also give to the Cleveland Courage Fund at any Key Bank branch in Northeast Ohio.

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Video: A spokesman reads statement from the families of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight
By Donna J. Miller, The Plain Dealer, May 12, 2013

See the video and full article here.

Atorneys 5.12.2013

Excerpts:

Statement issued on behalf of the survivors (by Hennes Paynter Communications LLC)
[excerpt, for full statement go here.]

There have been numerous requests from the media to interview or speak with Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight. In response to those requests, please understand this: Ms. Berry, Ms. DeJesus, and Ms. Knight will not be participating in any interviews or speaking with any representatives of the media at this time…

Second, and most importantly, Ms. Berry, Ms. DeJesus, and Ms. Knight have asked – in fact, have pleaded – for privacy at this time so that they can continue to heal and reconnect with their families. You all care greatly about their well-being, so please respect this most basic request. Give them the time, the space, and the privacy so that they can continue to get stronger…

There may be a time, at some point in the future, that Ms. Berry, Ms. DeJesus, and Ms. Knight will want to tell their stories. That will not be while the criminal proceeding is pending and it will not be until they advise us that they are ready to do so.

Barbara Paynter…we ask that all media inquiries be made to ( 216-321-7774) at Hennes Paynter Communications. It would be very helpful if inquiries are made in writing. We will consider every inquiry and respond at the appropriate time.

Finally, there continue to be numerous generous offers of support from members of the community. Ms. Berry, Ms. DeJesus, and Ms. Knight are very appreciative of the generosity. The offers have come in many forms. Persons interested in providing support are encouraged to work with legitimate entities such as the Cleveland Courage Fund. Please contact Jim Wooley (216-586-7345) or Heather Kimmel (216-586-7195) at Jones Day with any questions about providing support.

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