At the 2006 golf tournament, Betterment was short one golfer. Since Betterment’s inception in 2000, Andrew Curley has been an active participant and contributor. At age nine, he participated in our first golf tournament and insisted that he contribute his own money to the foundation. Sadly, at the young age of 16, Andrew passed away Tuesday morning, July 11, 2006. Andrew’s brother Jan remembers Andrew: "Though his life lasted a mere 16 years, the impact he made on people was eternal. Those who knew him will remember his boundless energy, kindness and warmth. If the expression, ‘a good soul’, ever described someone, it described Andrew. He was selfless and devoted to the people in his life - not to mention that he was simply a really cool kid." Andrew was a great friend to all who knew him; this is especially true of his father with whom he spent many hours playing golf and tennis, and hunting. They played golf together every year in the Betterment golf tournament, and two years ago, his dad remembers, they won because of Andrew’s putting skills. Andrew’s father has asked that donations be made to the Foundation for Community Betterment in his memory.
How We Will Honor Andrew A portion of donations in Andrew’s name will be given to a cause that was dear to Andrew’s heart; an orphanage in Honduras called El Hogar de Amor y Esperanza (The Home of Love and Hope). El Hogar takes orphaned, abandoned and poor children off the streets, educates, and cares for them for 10 years until they are able to take care of themselves, get a good job and lead a full life. Andrew went on a mission with his church to work in a barrio in the Dominican Republic several years ago, and was scheduled to go to El Hogar last year; but never got the chance.
Betterment has been able to carry on Andrew’s work by contributing funds in his memory to El Hogar to sponsor a young student. We recently received a letter from “our” little boy, whose name is Angel Jonathan Rodas. Angel, who is in first grade at El Hogar, wrote to us that he is doing well and hopes to one day “become a doctor and help people like you are helping us.” Betterment will continue to write to Angel throughout the year to see how he continues to learn and grow in his new home. We also plan to send a group from our Betterment network to Honduras in spring 2009 to further our relationship with Angel and the organization.
Gifts in Andrew’s name will also help us build our Immediate Need Fund. This is a very important part of the Betterment mission, as it allows us to support people in need when we do not have time to have an event or raise money to help them.
How You Can Contribute To Andrew’s Memory In his short life, Andrew came to embody The Foundation for Community Betterment mission, as he gave wholeheartedly of his time and money in the hopes of making a positive impact on communities both in the U.S and abroad. Betterment will continue to remember Andrew’s kind spirit and generous heart at the DC golf tournament with an annual award in his name. Thank you to all who have kept Andrew and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Please click on the donation link below if you wish to support Betterment and our work in Andrew’s name. To make a donation, please click here.