Kyla McCullough

Monday, May 11, 2009

Update

To the friends of the Kyla McCullough Gift Fund,

We certainly hope this email finds you doing well with wherever life has led you.

With good reason, there have been a number of people in the recent days that have been asking us when we are planning our next fundraiser. Although we have not been vocal about what we have been doing, we have been very active. After last April's (2008) benefit dinner and auction, our group realized it would be in our best interest to become our own tax-exempt non-profit organization. This would allow the Kyla McCullough Gift Fund to accept tax-deductible donations directly without having to get sponsorship from another tax-exempt non-profit organization. It would also give us the freedom to create programs that we feel serve the purpose of the Kyla McCullough Gift Fund.

It is our pleasure to inform you that we have done just that! :) As of a couple weeks ago, the Kyla McCullough Gift Fund is now it's own tax-exempt non-profit organization! Needless to say, we are thrilled as this is a huge step forward for our organization.

Achieving this goal was no easy task...our group spent many hours working to set up the Kyla McCullough Gift Fund as a non-profit corporation and applying for tax-exempt status with the IRS. We had countless phone calls, late nights, emails, and a few long meetings to ensure the success of our mission.

In particular, our impression from everything that we read was that it would take the IRS at least 2 months to respond to our tax-exempt request (if we were lucky!) and up to as much as 6 months. Amazingly, the IRS responded with our acceptance in a mere 27 days! This shows us, and we hope you too, that we are doing something that is right and good. When Brettie and I received and opened the approval letter from the IRS, it brought us to tears, realizing that this dream... this dream we are all creating, is coming true...that Kyla's legacy is being built before our eyes...that kids living with cancer will be touched by Kyla's life.

So now what? :) We are currently in the process of planning our next fundraiser, visiting venues, looking at menus, and working on a new website for our organization. We are planning to put together a fundraiser this year still, so as soon as we lock down a date, time, and place we will be certain to pass that on to all of you! :) In the mean time, please feel free to forward this email to anybody that you know would be interested in this update.

What an inspiration Kyla is, huh? We miss her everyday...it's an ache that just doesn't seem to go away. However, lately when we think of her, we wonder what she would say about all of this? Those who knew her well can see her tucking her hair behind her ears for her beauty to shine, laughing, and smiling!

We want to thank you for all your continued support. Know that your involvement with the Kyla McCullough Gift Fund already has, and will continue to, positively impact children that are living with cancer.

Stay tuned... more to come from the Kyla McCullough Gift Fund!

Sincerely,

Bret, Brettie, and the entire Kyla McCullough Gift Fund Board
Know You're Loved Always

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