2014 Bereaved Parents Gathering Scholarship

The Tony Brown Foundation LLC is pleased to announce that for first time,  we will be sending ONE grieving parent to the  2014 National Gathering for the
Bereaved Parents of the USA.  
This wonderful gathering is being held July 25-27, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri!  To learn more about this years gathering visit the bereaved parents website.


A message from Tony’s Mom:

I lost my youngest son on July 11, 2009.  Tony was 24 years old at the time and 4 1/2 years later, I am still searching, learning, growing and finding my way through this new life.  I became involved with support groups and last year had the privilege of attending my first BP USA Gathering in California.  What a beautiful experience.  It was like being wrapped in love, support and Tony’s memory for the weekend.  I learned so much from not only the presenters and workshops, but from my new friends who truly understood what I was going through.  I believe that gratitude and hope play a very important role in out journey.  I could not be happier than to be able to pay it forward and provide this opportunity to share and learn alongside fellow bereaved parents. I wish you peace, hope, and love as you walk your path.

You may be the recipient of our scholarship to this years Gathering.


The deadline for applications is May 15th and the recipient will be announced May 24th.

PLEASE be sure to read ALL the rules and regulations regarding this gift.


Rules, Regulations and Legal:

The Tony Brown Foundation LLC (to be known herein after as TBF) is granting a wish to ONE  bereaved mom, dad, grandparent or sibling.  If your wish is to attend The National Bereaved Parents USA Gathering in St. Louis, Missouri this year, then The Tony Brown Foundation wants to help.

**What TBF will cover:

  1. TBF will cover the cost for the conference fee, and the meal plan.
  2. You will be responsible  for the hotel room during your stay.
  3. YOU will be responsible for any cancellation, change or other fees not covered by TBF.


The Tony Brown Foundation requires the candidate to:

  • Be a FIRST TIME attendee
  • Write a short essay to be read by a panel explaining why you feel the conference would benefit you, a brief description of your journey that has led you here and how you will use what you learn to help others.
  • Be able to provide a letter of recommendation.
  • Must attend AT LEAST one workshop per day, and opening and closing ceremonies.
  • Share their experience with a short story or article about how the gathering helped you and be willing to pay it forward in some small way.


  1. Following the above requirements, send your letter of recommendation and essay to:

The Tony Brown Foundation LLC

PO Box 822

Monroe, CT 06468


or email to:  anne@thetonybrownfoundation.org

In consideration of being accepted, I hereby affirm, acknowledge and agree to the following: :

  • That I assume all responsibility for any and all damages to, or theft of, my personal property or any bodily injury (including death) that may occur to me.
  • I assume responsibility for property damage and bodily injury (including death) that I may cause to others, in each case arising or resulting from, incidental to, or as a consequence of, my participation.
  • TBF will NOT be held responsible for missed flights, cancelled flights, delayed flights or ANY problems or fees that arise due to conditions beyond the control of The Tony Brown Foundation including but nor limited to:
  • Illness and/or  emergency medical treatment/transportation / evacuation
  • The airline or hotel goes out of business.
  •  Bad weather other natural and unnatural acts out of human control.
  • Lost, stolen or damaged luggage.
  • Your trip is delayed, cancelled or interrupted due to an unexpected strike, terrorist attack, war, or other act of violence expected or unexpected.
  • A plane crash, fire or other destructive acts to any facility or transportation you may be part of.
  • Any unlawful acts, committed by the you or towards you, a family member, or a companion.
  • Alcohol or substance abuse, or related illnesses.
  • Any unexpected or unforeseeable events legal or illegal by you or anyone else.
  • Any expenses incurred  for any reason outside of what is covered by TBF.
  • This is non transferable or eligible for resale.
  • Any photos, publicity or images electronically or otherwise may be used at the discretion of TBF.
  • Forms must be received by midnight, May 15, 2014
  • That I grant the permission for use of my name and/or picture in any broadcast, photograph, video, or other account TBF sees fit to use.
  • A panel consisting of  foundation members will choose the recipient based on information provided to us.
  • Recipient will be notified by May 24, 2014

I look forward to meeting you at the gathering and sharing in the healing path this will lead you down.

Anne Castaldo

Here are a few photos from Last Years Gathering

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  1. Tim Doherty says:

    Hello my name is Tim Doherty !!
    I lost our oldest daughter on April 5 2014 to AML leukemia. She just turned 20 on March 2, 2014. She was diagnosed in early October 2013 and the story goes on. I adopted her at birth with my ex -wife and we have both been remarried for about 17 years to devoted spouses who loved Morgan beyond belief. Morgan spent most of her early years with my wife Sarah and I until she decided at 15 she wanted to live with her Mother. This is one of the hardest things we have ever had to deal with. I live in California and am looking for strength and guidance. Morgan has two small sister’s ages 5 and 8 who are having a really difficult time as well.

    Tim Doherty

    • Dear Tim,
      I understand your pain all too well. I am so sorry that you have to go through this. If you like you may call 203-805-8239 and I would be happy to speak with you. You may also email me at anne@thetonybrownfoundation.org. I am not sure where in California you live but look for support groups like The Compassionate Friends or Bereaved Parents. Both are wonderful groups which offer help and support for bereaved parents.
      This is the hardest journey you will ever do. Many have walked this journey before you and we have survived. Please email me your address and I will send you some information.
      Much love, strength and courage to you and your family.

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