While the Gabby Petito Foundation isn’t fully officiated quite yet, it inches closer and closer towards that 501(c)(3) status every day.
Gabby’s father, Joseph Petito, provided the public with an update about the organization earlier today. He also added a heartfelt message in appreciation of the organization’s and family’s support. As the Petitos try to use the platform they have amassed as a conduit for change, they just announced a major milestone for the organization in their daughter’s namesake. Their first official fundraiser is set to kick off this month. Here’s everything you need to know:
The Gabby Petito Foundation Teams Up With the Blue Point Fire Department
While the family says that their website is a work in progress, it already contains a decent amount of information. The homepage of the Gabby Petito Foundation shows artwork depicting Gabby as an angel and it is accompanied by some quotes. One of these reads “Let it be.” This alludes to the tattoos that the family shares with each other.
Part of the current mission statement is also accessible. Written by the Petitos, it reads as follows: “We wish to turn our personal tragedy into a positive. It is our hope that Gabby’s foundation will bring these important issues to the forefront of the public eye to the benefit of all our communities.”
The page also shares information about their upcoming fundraiser. This message is boosted across all their social media platforms, as with the Facebook post you can see below:
The October 17th fundraiser plans to generate proceeds for the families of missing persons and victims of domestic abuse. The New York event lineup includes live music, raffles, food, a cash bar, and a silent auction. The Blue Point Fire Department stands as one of its hosts alongside the 89 North Music Venue. The event encourages the public to attend with a small donation fee at the door.
How to Donate If You Cannot Attend
Of course, not everyone that wants to support the Petito family will be able to make it to the New York fundraiser. For that reason, the Petitos shared other ways the public can show their support. Their website now includes two types of “Justice for Gabby” bracelets for sale. They also created a PayPal link to accept donations. Unfortunately, because the Gabby Petito Foundation is still in its early stages, no button to donate directly exists yet.
They caution the public to look out for “fakes” out there. Unfortunately, these pages continue to pop up faster than the family can keep up with. You can read more about some of the “fake” GoFundMe pages that bear Gabby’s name here. Allegedly Amazon also saw some sellers trying to create Gabby-branded merchandise for profit after news of her homicide erupted. A link to their official Facebook page can be seen here: