After our son, Christopher, was taken from us abruptly by the recklessness of a drunken driver we established a foundation to honor him and to help preserve his memory. The CHRISTOPHER SAATHOFF FOUNDATION was established shortly after his death in 2004. Through the support of our friends and family, the Foundation has been able to provide support for children in need and to support Christopher's true love - music.
Over two years ago we teamed with The Denver Foundation to provide a designated fund in support of JUDI'S HOUSE in Denver, Colorado. The foundation of JUDI'S HOUSE, Brian Griese is pursuing a vision of creating a community in which no child will be alone in their grief after the loss of a loved one and find healing within themselves. Within the house there is an environment of acceptance and understanding where kids can share their feelings and realize they are not alone. This place touched our hearts and we know Chris would have been proud to support their efforts. We feel this is a place where we can help make a difference in a child's life at their most difficult time. This designated fund lives on today and under the stewardship of The Denver Foundation it will live on forever.
We were so impressed with the support and relationship with The Denver Foundation we have decided to create a second fund. This fund will support the efforts of the dedicated personnel at The Chicago Children's Memorial Hospital. This hospital provides specialized care for children in an innovative and caring environment that has impressed us as worthy of our ongoing support. Because of Christopher's love of music we are going to dedicate the proceeds of this fund to the musical therapy group at children's Memorial. This fund also will live on in perpetuity with the guidance and support of The Denver Foundation.
The Denver Foundation will help us administer and manage the funds, directing our contributions to support these worthy causes. We are already making plans for the third such fund and you can assist us by sending your tax deductible donations to The CHRISTOPHER SAATHOFF FUND in care of The Denver Foundation. You can be assured that your entire donation is going to help a child in need.
The world is less of a place without Chris' presence. He was an intelligent young man with a kind and gentle soul as well as a passion and talent for music. All who knew Chris loved him and he is missed by so many wonderful friends and family. Thank you for your friendship and support of the foundation that bears his name.
Brad and Marlene Saathoff
To learn more about Judi's House and The Chicago Children's Memorial Hospital visit chrissaathofffoundation.org and click on "accomplishments."