We were raised in
an extraordinary 2-parent home rich in everything
that matters the most - love, adventure, creativity,
education, faith, confidence, fun, and family. Our
mother was the master conductor of our home. She
pretty much directed everything, and looking back,
she did a marvelous job.
Love turned into
In 2006, our family
started gathering information about establishing
a family foundation. This foundation would be a
non-profit entity that would make charitable gifts
to organizations that touch our lives and make a
positive difference in others’ lives that
are less fortunate. With our mother’s love
of children and her background in education and
grant writing, we knew that she would be perfect
at guiding this philanthropic effort of giving back.
In January of 2007,
our mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
She died in August of 2007. Everything changed.
To learn more about our mother’s journey in
2007, please visit her Web site on www.caringbridge.org.
Her site is “beckidorroh”.
After our mother’s
death, the sadness, anger, and grief were overwhelming.
Struggling with all of those emotions, we became
even more intent on getting this family foundation
established. Legacy of Joy, Inc. was founded in
December of 2007, and mother’s caring and
giving heart is something that we strive to carry
forward through the activities of this foundation.
In its infancy,
the foundation will have the following purpose:
• To accept
the smallest of financial gifts and combine those
gifts in order to make a financial gift of impact
to charitable and educational entities.
• To promote
philanthropic activities that focus on the following
key areas of interest:
1. Education and
enhanced quality of life for disadvantaged and developmentally
disabled children and their families.
2. Elimination of cancer as a health threat.
3. Education and advancing the quality of life of
women and women’s issues.
• To bring
family and friends together for a lifetime of giving
that further makes a positive difference and impact
in our lives and the lives of others.
As her children,
our mother’s spirit lives on in each of us.
Our mother gave unconditionally throughout her lifetime,
and we hope that this spirit of caring and giving
lives on with our children, our friends, our families,
our business ventures, and every life that our foundation
There is room for
giving in every life.
With time, grief
seems to be shed in layers and a heavy heart is
often made lighter in doing something for someone
else. Just as our mother did throughout her life,
she left us a tremendous gift of love and an enormous
“legacy of joy.” With each step forward,
she is our guardian angel and our guiding heart.
Wherever you chose
to give, get involved and give. If you’d like
to share the Legacy of Joy’s journey, get
involved with us.
Dana Dorroh, Derek
Dorroh, Ashley Dorroh