Lyn Stacie Getz — our beloved daughter, sister, and aunt — died on November 15th, 1999, at the age of 32. She loved to laugh and found pleasure in making others, especially children, laugh along with her. She’d visit sick children in the hospital, longing to bring laughter, or even just some comfort, to their lives. Even in Israel, where she spent her junior year of college, Lyn had taken to heart the plight of children less fortunate than she.
In 2000, we created the Lyn Stacie Getz Foundation, dedicating ourselves to the idea that tzedakah in Lyn’s name helps elevate her soul. Each year, we look to give to charities that involve children: charities with a health, wellness, healing or education component. And we try to imagine what Lyn’s reaction to a request from a particular charity would have been. It’s not an easy task, to be sure, but it is one that allows us to evaluate with a clear mandate.
The charities that we choose are varied: east, west, north and south in area, Jewish and Christian in religion, black and white in color, and old and young in age. Several charities merit continued support and some are project-specific; our only thought in making these grants is to be sure that Lyn’s ideals of helping people would continue after her death.
It has been more than fifteen years and Lyn continues to guide the direction of our life; she continues to be an inspiration.
To our past, present, and future donors, we thank you for thinking of our Foundation when you wish to send a gift in memory of someone, in honor of someone, or in support of our ideals. Your generosity provides thousands of dollars to charities here at home, across the country, and around the world.
We are determined that good will come from the tragedy of the past.
Alan and Carollee Getz
Randy and Stacey Getz