Articles & Updates
Wings of Hope Gala Supports Young Adults in Foster Care
Longtime friends of Wings of Hope, a charitable organization for at-risk youth, welcomed the first hint of fall in Central Florida for the 20th annual Hope Rising Gala. Founders Kathy and Tony Gautsch hosted guests from all over the state who were there to support the organization’s efforts to help young adults in foster care get the counseling and job training they need to be successful…
Tess Frana & Friends Strike a Blow for Hope
Colorful balloons floated up toward the ceiling. The crack of dozens of bowling balls whacking pins reverberated throughout Airport Lanes Bowling Alley in Sanford. And while Tess’s birthday party may have looked like just another birthday celebration, nothing could be further from the truth…
Wings of Hope approved as 501(c)3 Public Charity
We are pleased to announce that Wings of Hope has been approved by the IRS to operate as a Public Charity as of 1/1/2013. Be assured, there will be no change in how we manage or operate Wings of Hope and…
Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation Award
Click the link below to download an article from Orange Appeal, about the Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation Award that was bestowed upon us.
WHLV-TV 52 Guest Appearance
WHLV-TV 52 Guest Appearance [04-03-2011]We were honored to be invited to be on the Joy In Our Town program on WHLV-52. Our discussion pertained to the abused, neglected and abandoned children in Central Florida and the youth who “age out of the system” when they become 18 years old…
Lake Mary Life 2010
Kathy and Tony learned of Intervention Services, Inc. and have partnered to provide assistance in the foster care system and those “aging out” of the same system. Youth who age out are at greater risk of homelessness, poverty, unemployment, incarceration and victimization. The Wings of Hope Foundation funds have been used for clothing, shoes, medical needs, personal care items, textbooks, computers, academic fees, transportation and rental assistance. Young adults transitioning to their own living space may also receive dishes, bedding, and the opportunity to visit colleges in Florida before applying or attending. [read more by clicking the link below]
In the fall of 2007 Boys Town Florida – Central Region, was again honored to be taken under the wing of Kathy and Tony Gautsch as the recipient of a check for $70,292 from the Wings of Hope
Foundation. Kathy founded Wings of Hope with her husband, Tony, following the death of her son, Brian Lanier, at the age of 19. The organization shares a 12-year relationship with Boys Town.