2016 Year In Review

Photo by Ron Navarrete Photography (www.outsidethephotopit.com)

Without a doubt, 2016 has been a very difficult year. December makes 10 long months since RT’s tragic, untimely passing. Not a day goes by that his family and friends don’t think about him and miss him dearly. The past 10 months have been incredibly hard on the Tolmos family. Thankfully, The Love Like RT Foundation and our supporters have provided much light and strength in the dark aftermath of RT’s death. On behalf of the LLRT Foundation, thank you for your overwhelming support this past year. We know that we are making RT proud. The LLRT Board of Directors have been very busy making connections and establishing partnerships with community organizations, and others, as we spread our message and promote change in our communities and beyond. We are just getting started! 2017 is sure to be a big year for LLRT. From our families to yours, Happy Holidays! Please keep RT and the Tolmos Family in your thoughts and prayers this Holiday season.

A few updates and announcements to share with you:

  • $2,856 was raised at our first fundraiser event on RT’s Birthday, May 6, 2016 – Thank you for your generous support!
  • We collected donations for Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Please read below for details! Special thanks to World of Beer Kendall and Frontier Spine & Health Care for collecting donations/acting as donation drop-off sites. Many thanks to our friends at Farrell & Patel, PA, for collecting the donations & delivering them to Haiti.
  • We have partnered with a Miami based Non-Profit Organization, “Angel Watching Over Me”, to bring you a limited edition Angel Watching Over Me baseball hat. We hoped to release the hats in February 2017 at a LLRT event. They are obviously purple (and velvet)! These hats have a special message and meaning behind them. To learn more, please visit http://www.angelwatching.org. Thank you to Sarah Akiba for your support!
  • We worked a compilation of RT’s songs. A commemorative RT music album will be for sale in the near future!
  • We planned our 2017 events! Stay tuned for dates! You won’t wan’t to miss out.

Guitars Over Guns – Choose Your Sound Event

To honor RT’s legacy, we found it fitting to partner with Guitars Over Guns. As many of you may know, RT was passionate about music, and we have no doubt that he would have supported this organization.

On October 22, 2016, the Tolmos Family & several LLRT Board Members, attended the annual GOGO “Choose Your Sound” Event at The University of Miami. LLRT Board Chairman and RT’s brother, Raymond Tolmos, spoke to a packed audience and shared RT’s story for the first time in front of a large audience. This is a story that no one should have to tell and we could not be more proud of his strength, courage, and passion to prevent gun violence. It was an emotional but beautifully inspiring evening filled with live music by GOGO’s young artists. Thanks to your generous donations, LLRT was able to donate $5,000 to GOGO. Our donation will sponsor a GOGO program mentor and support the growth of their thriving organization. To learn more, please visit www.guitarsoverguns.org.

GOGO provides mentoring to at-risk youth through music and arts education as an alternative to the negative and harmful influences that typically dominate their environments. The GOGO program is designed to engage youth through culturally relevant artistic mediums, using a hands-on approach to learn music, dance, and visual arts. Professional artists are paired with small groups of students for the school-year, using this unique arts-learning process to build strong mentoring relationships. Through this connection, mentors are able to help their students navigate the obstacles standing between them success.

Support our Haiti Donation Drive!

LLRT was inspired to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew after one of our Board Members, Hailey Lane, RN, recently traveled to “ground zero” to provide medical aide. The devastation and poverty in this small neighboring country is insurmountable. Haiti needs our help! We accepted donations of the following new and gently used items:

  • Personal hygiene products
  • Medical supplies
  • Canned goods
  • Towels/Linens
  • Toiletries
  • Pots & Pans
  • Reusable cups/plates/silverware
  • Children’s toys
  • Sport’s Balls
  • Books
  • Clothing

Donations were accepted through DECEMBER 30th at the following locations:

  • World of Beer Kendall The Palms @ Town & Country – 8525 Mills Drive, Miami, Florida 33183
  • Frontier Spine & Healthcare 10661 SW 88th St #116, Miami, FL 33176

All items collected on behalf of LLRT were donated to a larger drive being hosted by our friends at Farrell & Patel, Attorneys at Law, a Miami based law firm. Please email us at info@lovelikert.org if you would like to receive a tax-deductible donation receipt.THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE DONATED ALREADY!In November, we supported a large donation drive hosted by Old Cutler Presbyterian Church in Palmetto Bay, FL. The community was encouraged to help “Fill the bus” (pictured), which will be donated to Haiti, along with all of the clothing, hygiene, medical, houseware, etc. items inside! Thank you for your donations and to Tensy & Ramon Tolmos who delivered the donations to the church!

We are pleased to announce our support of & partnership with the following community organizations:

Together for Children CoalitionTogether for Children is a coalition of government, education, business, law enforcement, justice and funding entities that have joined together to provide leverage and expand their collective resources to promote youth safety and address the root causes of youth violence. Through the accessibility and delivery of targeted services to children and families, the coalition hopes to break the cycle of youth violence plaguing communities. Together for Children is an extension of previous collaborative efforts by community leaders, as well as local and state agencies, to address youth violence. Moving forward, the coalition will partner with communities most impacted by youth violence to continue the work of youth safety and develop data-driven solutions that empower children and families.
Read moreGuitars Over GunsGuitars Over Guns (GOGO) delivers high impact arts-based mentoring programs to empower youth in underserved neighborhoods. Since 2008, GOGO has increased the academic achievement and engagement for over 1,000 students.Vision & MissionAll young people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential through the transformative nature of music and the arts and the power of mentorship.

GOGO provides mentoring to at-risk youth through music and arts education as an alternative to the negative and harmful influences that typically dominate their environments.Program OverviewThe GOGO program is designed to engage youth through culturally relevant artistic mediums, using a hands-on approach to learn music, dance, and visual arts. Professional artists are paired with small groups of students for the school-year, using this unique arts-learning process to build strong mentoring relationships. Through this connection, our mentors are able to help their students navigate the obstacles standing between them success.
Read moreAngel Watching Over MeAWOM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation founded by Sarah Akiba, a wardrobe stylist and fashion designer from Miami, FL who lost her father to lung cancer in 2013. She started this foundation in order to help fund other non profits and unite all people who have lost an “Angel”. AWOM, an acronym for Angel Watching Over Me, derived from a social media trend of #angelwatchingoverme where other victims began telling their stories about their “angels”. So this foundation is for them, to raise awareness and support the victims and families left behind by a loving friend, family, or any other important person in their life. Not only for those who have lost someone, but AWOM also helps other organizations and foundations and serves as their “Angel” by donating and volunteering.
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If you would like to get involved with the Love Like RT Foundation, please email us at info@lovelikert.org. We would love to hear from you!