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  Volume Six, Number Two - November, 2000

As we send this newsletter to print, the holiday season is fast approaching.  While for many Americans the holidays are a lonely and difficult time, the majority of us spend this season attending festive parties, shopping, traveling, or busily preparing our homes for gatherings with family and friends. We are accustomed to twinkling lights, crackling fires, gift exchanges and abundant meals.

South Africans, too, have their traditions throughout the ˝Festive Seasonţ. It═s summer time and vacations are long.  Some families spend their holidays at the beach, while others travel abroad.  But, the vast majority of South Africans spend this season at home in the townships, desperate for money to purchase food and gifts and concerned for the safety of their children in a time of heightened violence.

As is likely the case for most families who unexpectedly lose a loved one, the holidays in the Biehl household remain difficult.  We are short a place setting at our dinner table and minus a person on our shopping lists, thus more cognizant of Amy═s physical absence than at other times during the year.  But, we need only to consider the numerous events described in this newsletter to remind ourselves that Amy is alive and well in very tangible ways.    

Amy═s example has inspired elementary school children in Hillsborough, NJ to recognize the value of community service on a global level.  Her Foundations are drawing attention from serious philanthropists from New York to California who acknowledge the importance of investing in South Africa and in grassroots, community-conceived programs.  Amy═s love for academics and their practical application have inspired educators in New Mexico to establish a public charter school in her name.  And, her reputation in Washington circles combined with the success of the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust  in leveraging US government dollars in aiding and empowering marginalized South Africans is peaking interest from our nation═s political leaders  -- including Congressional Minority Leader Richard Gephardt and the Congressional Black Caucus.

Aid to Africa: Mission Possible?

Comments of Linda and Peter Biehl, Directors, Amy Biehl Foundation, at Braintrust Session hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus on September 15, 2000 in Washington, DC.

  ˝Congressman Donald Payne, fellow members of the Congress, Excellencies and guests....

  Thank you for including us in this important session and for recognizing our daughter, Amy, who first discovered diversity in junior high and high school in the tri-cultural community of Santa Fe, New Mexico and later discovered Africa and sub-Saharan Africa Ă in particular Ă as a student at Stanford University.

  At Stanford, Amy produced an honors thesis on Chester Crocker═s negotiations of the Namibian Peace Accords Ă One Man═s Role in Foreign Policy.  In this well-regarded thesis, Amy made the point that a single person with unswerving commitment and persistence can achieve a significant and lasting impact on US Foreign policy and on peace in the world.

  Amy always lived her convictions to the fullest and her commitments to Africa═s emerging democracies were always pursued relentlessly during her years with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), here in Washington.

  When she saw an opportunity to aid black South Africans in their last great push to free elections, she went Ă on her own Ă to Cape Town, as a Fulbright Scholar.  She worked hard and listened.  She admonished visiting Americans about talking too much and she went about her daily work quietly and in the background.  Amy was a facilitator, always empowering others to realize their full potentials and to recognize shared interests and commitments.  People have told us how Amy brought organizations together for the first time to pool resources and strengthen their advocacies.

  Amy preferred to work in the background.  She complained that, among the some 16,000 of her black comrades killed in the final years of South Africa═s struggle, none were mentioned by name in the obituary columns.  It was only white people who were identified by name.  Black people were numbers.  Amy told friends that Ă were she to die in South Africa Ă she wished to be a number.  It was her nature Ă her approach to service.

  The cruel irony for Amy is that -- within hours of her death in Guguletu Township, August 25, 1993 -- her name was headlines in media throughout the world.  She could manage her life, but lost control of her death and its aftermath.

  Nonetheless, she taught us and countless others about the dignity in disciplined service, in quiet empowerment.  In our family, Amy is ˝Number 16,001.ţ

  To honor Amy and her 16,000 comrades we decided to participate in South Africa═s Truth and Reconciliation process and be present at the Amnesty Hearing for four of the young men convicted and imprisoned in connection with Amy═s death.  As the only Americans to join this process, we heeded Archbishop Tutu═s advice to speak what was in our hearts.  So, we told South Africa that this was their process, that we stood with Amy in support of it, and that we would not oppose amnesty, if granted on the merits.

  In the end, Amy═s death at the hands of people she loved almost crushed us.  Yet, our relationships with two of the young men granted amnesty in her death have been liberating for us.  Doing what we know Amy would want us to do has taken us to new levels of understanding and fulfillment.

  In this Assembly of Congressional and International Leadership, we speak to you as America═s humblest ambassadors to South Africa.  At the same time, we are among America═s best listeners in South Africa.

  Listening to South Africa═s most marginalized people has led us to creation of more than thirty successful programs to prevent violence among youth in townships and informal settlements.  The grassroots programs succeed because the people conceive them and partner with us to bring ideas Ă and rights Ă to realities.

  Our afterschool schools are over-subscribed.  Our high school tutorials are producing 92 percent matric exam pass rates.  Our youth readers are true role models to the children to whom they read aloud each week.  Led by the paramedic who attended Amy at her death, we have given 4000 people (citizens, teachers, police, life guards) life-saving emergency response skills and first aid kits.  This program has been successfully migrated to Southern California youth Ă proving that Americans can profit at home from lessons learned in South Africa.

  The fact that lessons learned and models created in an African setting can benefit disadvantaged communities in America is an often-overlooked value in aid to Africa.  But the migration of what works in South African violence prevention to America has always been an essential objective in our work.

  Our empowerment businesses are being developed to create career employment for marginalized township youth and to generate earnings required to sustain our social programs in the future.  In this way, our work can be self-sustaining.

  Our bakery business is growing Ă making low-cost bread easily accessible to the poorest communities.  ˝Amy═s Breadţ packaging carries HIV and AIDS prevention information and a hotline number which youth can dial for anonymous advice.  Our golf driving range is bringing golf to black and coloured enthusiasts who have been denied access to this historically white elitist game.  Its earnings will support sport and recreational development for South Africa═s poorest young citizens.  Our construction business is expanding rapidly, with a 48-month backlog of business.  It actually has a chance to build a planned Ritz Carlton luxury hotel.

  All of these successes are being achieved through our grassroots community partnerships and our private and public American financial partners.  Our three-year partnership with USAID has been invaluable.  It has enabled two parents to fulfill a daughter═s dreams for South Africa.

  Aid to Africa: Mission Possible?  You can bet it═s possible, and it═s happening every day at the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust in Cape Town, South Africa.

Amy═s Spirit Ă Alive in New Mexico                                    
By Kim Biehl

On October 6, 2000, I was lucky enough to attend the sixth annual Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award ceremony in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I was also lucky enough to make the trip with my fianc, James, and two wonderful friends from South Africa, Sahm Venter and Claude, both of whom work for the Associated Press.  We drove to New Mexico from California.  We enjoyed the magnificent scenery while I read aloud all of the nominations for the award.  The nominees were as impressive as the New Mexico landscape.

The event was sponsored by New Mexico Advocates for Children and Families, the Albuquerque Tribune, the Joshua Charitable Foundation and KRQE News.  Deanna Sauceda was the host, as well as the founder of the award.  Her concern and passion for all of the nominees was apparent throughout the ceremony.

In total, there were forty young people nominated for the Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award.  Many of the youth were being recognized for their commitment to violence prevention as well as health issues.  Almost all were focused on fighting discrimination and bias whether it be racial, religious, sexual, or economic.  All of these outstanding young people have displayed commitment to their work.  All of their work has been dedicated to positive change in their communities.

There were two incredible speakers at the event.  The keynote speaker was Cody Unser, a thirteen year-old young lady who spoke of courage and determination.  The audience was captivated by her amazing spirit.  Cody has been paralyzed for two years but has refused to let her handicap hold her back.  Sandra Wechsler was last year═s winner and the other speaker.  She uplifted the audience with her enthusiasm about her work at the Rape Crisis Center in Santa Fe.  I felt sure that Amy would have been impressed by both of these young women.

Choosing the four finalists and the winner was no easy task.  I wish that I could list all of the nominees in this newsletter.  They all deserve our kudos and our thanks. The decision was reached by committee.  The finalists were Eric Paez, Mara Zepeda, Sarahmaria Gomez, and Scott Hudson.  They each received $250 to be used for educational purposes.  The winner was Lisa Gomez, a student at the University of New Mexico.  Lisa has worked at the Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center.  She has been active in the New Mexico Youth Suicide Prevention program as well as being an advocate for public health care.  Lisa also participated in the FLAME program (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere) in Colorado Springs.  Lisa received a $1000 scholarship.

After this inspirational event, we were able to visit the Amy Biehl Charter School.  Unfortunately, school was not in session.  However, we were given a tour by co-founders and teachers Tom Siegel and Tony Monfiletto.  It was a wonderful opportunity to see a unique learning institution that was inspired by Amy.  According to Tom and Tony, the students are very interested in learning more about Amy as a person.  I would ask that any of Amy═s friends visit the school and share stories about Amy with these eager learners.  If interested, please contact the Amy Biehl Charter School at (505) 299-9409.      .

It was an honor for me to be able to attend the Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award in place of my parents.  It was terrific to be able to visit the Charter School.  Amy═s spirit lives on in many ways and in many people.  Thank you to all in New Mexico who keep Amy alive.  

Cape Town, South Africa Ă  A Personal Account                   
By Molly Biehl Corbin

  In our last newsletter, my sister Kim wrote a wonderfully illustrative piece about her February trip to Cape Town with our parents.  I was exhausted just reading it and began, admittedly, to fear that my husband, Tim, 15-month old son, Zander, and I would never survive the three-week trip to Cape Town we had scheduled for July.

  It is now November, and I am happy to report that we are alive and enriched after our journey to South Africa. Kim did not exaggerate about the pace that our parents keep. The appointments, phone calls, problems and opportunities are overwhelming to observe.

  This was my fourth trip to Cape Town, and one of my goals was to come home with the appropriate ˝wordsţ to effectively articulate my impressions of South Africa to inquisitive friends and others. I═ve always been frustrated by my inability to talk succinctly about that place.  I repeatedly find myself using inadequate descriptors like ˝it═s an amazing countryţ or ˝the people are incredibleţ or ˝it═s a very complicated societyţ.  What I learned this past trip is that I am still so busy trying to understand and manage my feelings about South Africa Ă feelings so deep and often contradictory Ă that the ˝wordsţ may be a long time coming.

  Let me try to illustrate those feelings by describing the final Saturday Ă just one day Ă of our visit.  I would remind you that, for my parents, this sort of day is completely typical.

  ....I wake up thoroughly excited. Today is the launching of the Youth Reading Role Models program Ă a program I provided training for two years ago and that has since been modified and implemented in over 10 schools throughout the Western Cape!  I═m sorry that Tim and Zander can═t come, but it═s going to be a long day and Dad would have to make two trips to Guguletu and back because the car is full.  Besides Tim and Zander can go to the Two Oceans Aquarium while we═re gone. They═ll have a great time.

  I get in the car and immediately feel aggravated that Tim isn═t with me to share this experience.  Instead, in the car are the Webber═s Ă complete strangers who were on a weeklong trip deciding whether or not to give 2 years of their time to helping the Foundation in Cape Town.  I really like the Webbers and am thrilled that they have since decided to sell their home and move to Cape Town to volunteer for the Foundation. But on this particular day, I feel aggravated.

  We drive into the township and I have to remind Dad to lock the doors.  I can═t help but feel frightened and think of Amy driving down these very roads to her death. I think about that fact that had she not driven into Guguletu that horrible Wednesday, she would still be alive to be my friend and meet my son. I admonish myself for feeling selfish.

  Then, we drive by the site where she was stabbed to death.  Mom and Dad do it everyday. The community has erected a sign that reads something like ˝Guguletu Section 3 Ă Amy Biehl═s last homeţ.  I feel sick.  This was not her home.  She may have loved it dearly, but it was not her home. At the same time, I feel proud.  Amy has not and will never be forgotten.  Her legacy lives on and she is loved in the community she gave her life to serve.

  I overhear Dad telling Mr. Webber that the bus parked in front of the sign is a Township Tourbus that regularly stops to tell Amy═s story.  I feel disbelief and anger.  I do not want to share my sister with complete strangers Ă not in this horrible way Ă a bus load of people staring at a plot of grass near a gas station fence where a once vibrant woman was beaten and stabbed and bloodily staggered about while gasping for her last breaths of air. I want to scream, ˝remember her differently and do not pity her!ţ

  I feel horribly sad and begin to cry, thinking the tears will never stop.  She═s been gone for 7 years.  How could the time have gone so quickly?  I wish I could just talk to her and tell her I love her and that I wanted so much to be like her.

  We arrive at the community center where the program launch is to take place.  I get out of the car shaking and alone. I feel the cold wind on my face and in my hair. I can═t stop crying and Mom and Dad comfort me. 

  I try to compose myself and enter the Community Center.  It═s a beautiful new center which stands in striking contrast to the homes across the way made from corrugated tin and cardboard. The inside is light and airy with basketball hoops and clean restrooms.  This stuff excites me and would Amy too.  The people begin trickling in -- township residents, student readers, teachers, reporters, marimba players, a children═s choir, parents, distinguished speakers and Foundation friends.

  I linger about not wanting to talk to anyone. I feel embarrassed that I═ve been crying and my eyes sting from the tears.  I wander over to the refreshment area Ă sandwiches made from ˝Amy═s Bread Ă The Bread of Hope and Peace.ţ  I wonder what Amy would think of a brand of bread baked by local South Africans in her name.  I giggle when I think about how much she loved bread and food, in general.

  The program eventually begins  -- I say eventually because we═re on ˝Africa Time.ţ First, there═s song and prayer, and the marimbas play too.  It═s the singing that I love the most Ă the rich, harmonious voices of the township ˝mama═sţ who sing of years of suffering, sing of great pride and sing of an often elusive hope. The music tingles its way through my most inner core to my arm hairs, my fingers, my head and my toes.  I wonder how these impromptu songs always sound so beautiful and rehearsed and why, if I can═t understand their words, they make me feel comfortable and understood.

  At last it is time for the actual program remarks.  Nwabisa, an employee of the Foundation and friend of mine, has organized the ceremony.  She is dressed in traditional Xhosa wear Ă bright orange ribbed with black.  She looks like a doll with her large, round eyes looking out from beneath her meticulously wrapped headpiece.  She speaks in Xhosa and Samora (another employee) translates into English.  I am in awe of their ability to speak numerous languages and struck by the seriousness with which they articulate themselves.    

  The program is delightful!  We hear moving testimonies from the Youth Reading Role Models program organizers, parents of the participants, and teachers.  We are also honored to hear from the assistant to South Africa═s Minister of Education.  I am elated that each speaker truly ˝getsţ the program═s essence.  It has been two years since I trained Nwabisa with the program manual designed by San Diego═s Family Literacy Foundation. She had so many challenges to overcome and modifications to make to fit the needs of her community, I hadn═t thought it was possible for the program═s purpose to remain in tact. The purpose is to instill the joy of reading in young children through regular read aloud sessions provided by positive youth readers. The youth readers serve as role models for the children, and all participants benefit from the confidence that builds and the relationships that form through reading aloud together. I feel both surprised and incredibly proud that these wonderful benefits are happening in the lives of hundreds of South African children and youth.

 When the program is over, I am mentally drained.  I visit with old friends and do an interview for the newspaper.  I remind myself that I═m here, and all of us are together, because of Amy.  She was a facilitator and motivator in life and will serve that purpose for eternity.

 We all cram back into the car. We now have an extra body with us Ă a graduate student intern from Notre Dame who needs a ride home. I can═t wait to see Tim to tell him about my day. When I finally arrive back at the hotel and Tim asks me how it went, I find myself saying ˝It was amazing, Tim.  You should have been there!ţ  So much for words...

Six Months, In Brief

The following highlight summary touches on significant events from May-October 2000.  It is intended to emphasize, rather than to be inclusive.


6 - Biehls speak at Rotary District Conference at Mission Inn, Riverside, CA and Amy is honored with a Paul Harris Fellowship endowed by Rotarian, Bonnie Myers.

8 - With guest, Gertrude Sgwentu of South Africa, Linda and Peter address annual fund-raising dinner for Women of Vision (Orange County, CA) at the Westin Hotel Ballroom, Costa Mesa.

9 - At a luncheon at La Quinta Resort, the Biehls are presented Women of Distinction Ă International Goodwill and Understanding Award by Soroptomist International of La Quinta Ă Coachella Valley.

18 Ă Grandson Alexander Corbin═s first birthday celebrated by Peter and Linda, Tim, Molly and Great Grandma Biehl at Ruby═s, Mission Valley, CA.

22 Ă Biehls attend State Dinner at the White House for South African President, Thabo Mbeki.

23 Ă Biehls present Foundation═s South African programs and results to a headquarters team at USAID, Washington, DC.

24 Ă Linda and Peter screen ˝Long Night═s Journey Into Dayţ for staff at National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Washington, DC. The Sundance award- winning film is now available for purchase through educational distributor California Newsreel. More information on obtaining a video copy of the film is available by phoning 415-621-6196 or visiting http://www.newsreel.org/films/longnight.htm.

28 Ă ˝Seeds of Peaceţ documentary on youth violence, produced for NBC-Los Angeles by Bonnie Boswell, and featuring an interview segment with Linda, Peter and Molly and actress/activist, ALFRE Woodard, airs in Southern California.


2 Ă Peter attends annual fund-raising dance organized by teachers Steve and Mary Beth Schwarz with sixth graders in Hillsboro, NJ. Kids raise over $1,000 for Foundation programs.

3 Ă Peter meets with Foundation supporter, Peter Greer, in Kent, CT to plan future fund-raising efforts in the New York financial community. Peter departs for Cape Town to welcome first of 22 interns to work with the Foundation in Cape Town, Summer 2000.

10 Ă Linda, Kim and Molly attend Stanford University Graduation of Solange Jacobs, Palo Alto, CA. Solange fulfills Amy═s prediction of success in achieving a high quality US education.

18 Ă Stanford University═s Talisman choir in Cape Town for a series of performances. Featuring a wide selection of African music, the choir performs at St. Gabriel═s Church, at Foundation afterschool schools (where kids sing back), at a private dinner arranged by the Biehls at Le Quartier Francais, at a gathering of Foundation interns and in company with the Dedicated Male Voices from Guguletu.


9 - Molly, Tim and Alexander Corbin join Linda and Peter for three weeks in Cape Town. It is the first visit for Tim and Alexander.

14 Ă Biehls host Sal Laspada and Jesse King, Rockefeller Foundation, and a group of emerging philanthropists under Rockefeller guidance on a tour of Foundation projects, followed by a special dinner at Le Quartier Fancais.

18 Ă David and Diane Webber of Duluth, MN arrive in Cape Town to visit Foundation projects as part of a fact-finding process which will lead them to a decision to volunteer two years of service to the Foundation and to South Africa.

19 Ă Members of Newlands Rotary Club tour Foundation projects to begin to explore options for partnering in community service.

22 Ă Youth Reading Role Models day is presented to honor participants in this wonderful program which Molly helped to launch almost two years ago.

28 Ă Biehls attend grand opening of Amy Biehl Charter School in Albuquerque, NM.  Developed by high school teachers, Tony Monfiletto and Tom Siegel, this fantastic school, its students, teachers and parents all sparkled on this magic day at a dedication program hosted by Foundation friend, Deanna Sauceda.  The school would welcome visits from people who knew Amy and are willing to share memories and anecdotes.

31 Ă Linda and Peter speak to a large group at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Corona Del Mar, CA.  Former Cape Town Project Manager, Trevor Murphy and Kim Biehl contribute to this presentation.


14 Ă Biehls are guests of National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) at a luncheon for one thousand international diplomats at Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, Los Angeles.  Speakers include President Clinton and Secretary of State Albright.  During the luncheon, NDI President, Kenneth Wollack announces the pending presentation of the 2000 Harriman Democracy Award to Linda and Peter Biehl.

16 Ă House Minority Leader, Richard Gephardt, wife Jane and family host Linda and Peter, Kim and Molly at Wednesday═s session of the Democratic National Convention.  In his unifying speech to convention delegates, Mr. Gephardt recalls his visit to our Foundation in Cape Town and references the Biehls═ efforts in reconciliation.  The speech was deeply touching and the experience of being on the podium was emotionally overwhelming. South African Ambassador, Shiela Sisulu greeted the Biehls in the Gephardt skybox following the speech.

19 Ă Richard Siegel, PhD of University of Nevada (Reno) and wife, Bev, visit the Biehls in Cape Town to discuss partnership options with the Foundation.

21 Ă The Foundation is visited for the day by Susan and Ron Briggs, representing the Board of Trustees of the Flora Family Foundation of Palo Alto, CA and a possible grantor to the Amy Biehl Foundation.  This Foundation, created by William Hewlett (Hewlett Packard Corp.) in his wife═s honor, provides a vital philanthropic outlet for Hewlett children and grandchildren. The Briggs are greeted by torrential rains the entire day.

24 Ă Linda and Peter welcome a Stanford Alumni Travel Group to Cape Town, as it begins a fascinating rail tour of Southern Africa, featuring a lecture series by David Abernethy.

25 Ă On the 7th anniversary of Amy═s death, the Stanford Alumni Group joins Linda, Peter and Foundation staff and friends in a free distribution of ˝Amy═s Breadţ to citizens of Guguletu Township at the site of Amy═s attack on NY1, Guguletu.

26 Ă Linda and Peter are informed of the sad and recent death of Rev. Paul Welch, benevolent former pastor to Rosebank Methodist Church (Cape Town) from cancer. Paul and Valmae Welch were valued friends, who hosted Linda and Molly when they attended Amy═s murder trial and became friends thereafter.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Valmae and the Welch family.


2 Ă Biehls join Ken Yamashita (USAID-South Africa) for dinner with Mark Murray, key staff to the House International Relations Committee, in Cape Town, as part of Murray═s fact-finding tour of Africa.

7 Ă Ken Yamashita spends three days touring Foundation═s USAID-financed projects near Cape Town, Strand, Stellenbosch and George.

15 Ă Linda and Peter attend and testify to a Congressional Black Caucus brainstorming session in the Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC at the invitation of Rep. Donald Payne, Chairman. The hearing focus is on foreign aid to Africa, with keynote remarks by Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Susan Rice.  Many warm statements are made regarding the Foundation═s work in South Africa.

15 Ă Biehls lunch with South African, Susan Collin Marks (Search for Common Ground), whose recently released book, ˝Watching the Windţ, relates powerful and touching stories of courageous South African peacemakers, including Amy and Susan. This beautiful book is a must-read.

16 Ă Henry and Liz Reynolds, wonderful USAID-South Africa friends, host Peter and Linda for a beautiful autumn day in Annapolis.

19 Ă Biehls join South African filmmaker and friend, Anant Singh, and actress/Stanford Alumnus, Reese Witherspoon, for lunch in Los Angeles. Anant has been with Nelson Mandela in Sydney and is about to join his wife and baby daughter there for the Olympic Games.

24 Ă Peter and Linda visit Foundation supporter, Sonia Seherr-Thoss, at her home in Litchfield, CT.

26 Ă Biehls join Peter Greer and friends at a private, fund-raising dinner party in Manhattan to attract support for the Foundation═s work in South Africa.

27 Ă Linda and Peter dine with former Project Manager, Trevor Murphy and fiance/staffer, Sarah Baigrie, in Georgetown.

30 Ă At the invitation of Biehl═s former pastor, Rev. James Brown, Linda and Peter visit Market Square Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, PA.  At this historic downtown church, the Biehls receive the 2000 Williams Peacmaking Award, screen ˝Long Night═s Journey Into Dayţ, enjoy a spirited dialogue with a Sunday morning adult education class and deliver the ˝sermonţ at Sunday worship.  It is a wonderful visit, with many future possibilities.


5 Ă David and Diane Webber are welcomed to Cape Town by Linda and Peter to begin a two-year tour of volunteer service.  The Webbers are the first step in creation of what has already been dubbed ˝Amy═s Peace Corpsţ.

15 Ă Newlands Rotary Club spends a fun-filled afternoon at the Foundation═s Khayelitsha Golf Club; the first white South Africans to enjoy this splendid driving range.

26 Ă The Flora Family Foundation makes a landmark grant to the Amy Biehl Foundation.

27 Ă Linda and Peter speak to the student body at Louisville High School, a Catholic Girls═ school in Woodland Hills, CA.

Amy continues to draw people together in death as she did in life.  Her example and the combined efforts of family, Foundation staff and friends have made the above events and many others possible.  As we reflect upon Amy and the progress of her Foundations over the holiday season, we will neither take the progress for granted nor be satisfied that it is enough. 

We thank all of our friends and supporters for your past and future support in keeping Amy═s dreams and her spirit alive, and we wish you and yours the happiest and safest of holidays.

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