Mission: The primary activity is to raise funds to foster the education of young people, especially those in the sciences; to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses and affected by violence. In keeping with its missions, the foundation makes scholarships to needy individuals and makes contributions to charitable and educational institutions.
Programs: Contributions are provided to charitable & educational institutions to foster the education of young people, especially women in the sciences; to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses; and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence.
scholarships are provided to children and young adults in need to assist with their education.
the foundation sells various merchandise including four o'clock flower seeds. The sale of the flower seeds is part of michaela's garden project, which was designed to encourage area families and youth to become more involved in community service. Each year the four oclocks have been re- planted from harvested seeds. The seeds from these plants were harvested, packed and are being sold in specially designed packs of 25 seeds. The other merchandise sold are shirts, jackets, hats, blankets, luminaries, totes and bags, decals, wristbands, charms, and pins. The funds raised through the selling of these products are disbursed to organizations and individuals to help foster the education of young people, especially women in the sciences; to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses; and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence.
This foundation was created to further the lives of the Petit Family women, though Michaela was still a child when she died. The horrific violence of what this family suffered is counterbalanced by the work of this foundation. The board and allocating volunteers with Bill Petit as president make excellent decisions regarding the grants and awards, just excellent. I am so impressed where the money goes.