Attend The Compassionate Friends National/International Conference *FREE* this year!

The Tony Brown Foundation LLC is pleased to announce that it will be sending ONE grieving parent to The Compassionate Friends/USA 35th National Conference, and 5th International Gathering. The combined conference will be held July 20-22, 2012 in beautiful Costa Mesa, California.  To learn more about this years conference visit The Compassionate Friends website.


A message from Tony’s Mom:

After my first conference this past July, I came back and wrote about my experience and how deeply it healed and touched me.  I vowed to spread that feeling through the foundation and share the power of compassion and hope with another grieving parent.  The sense of  community and love was overwhelming.  People actually WANT to hear about your child, care about your REAL feelings and treat you as part of their family. It is something that must be experienced.  I hope that through my son’s memory I will be able to slowly spread this feeling and help heal hearts and instill a sense of hope in as many people as I can reach.  Thank You for supporting my son’s foundation and I hope that in some small way, I can help you along your journey!

Rules, Regulations and Legal:

The Tony Brown Foundation LLC (to be known herein after as TBF) is granting a wish to ONE Continental USA Member of  The Compassionate Friends.  If your wish is to attend The National/International Conference this year in California then The Tony Brown Foundation wants to help.  You may read the article by clicking here.

**What TBF will cover:

  1. TBF will cover the cost for the conference fee, EXCLUDING meals and any/all cost incurred outside of the paid portion of the conference.
  2. TBF will pay for the hotel room from Friday night July 20 through Sunday July 22, 2012.  You will have the option of paying for Thursday and Sunday night on your own.
  3. TBF will book the flight for you with times, airline, airport at the discretion of TBF.  TBF will work with you to get the best deal and schedule for both of us.
  4. 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 member of a Continental USA Compassionate Friends Chapter
  • Be a FIRST TIME conference goer
  • Write a short essay to be read by a panel explaining why you feel the conference would benefit you and a brief description of your journey that has led you here.
  • Be able to provide a letter of recommendation from your chapter leader
  • Must attend AT LEAST one workshop per day AND the candle lighting dinner.
  • Be willing to share their experience with a short story or article about how the conference helped you.



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

The Tony Brown Foundation LLC

PO Box 822

Monroe, CT 06468

Attn: TCF National Conference

or email to:

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, March 9, 2012
    • 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 Chapter leaders and foundation members will choose the recipient based on information provided to us.
    • Recipient will be notified by April 1, 2012
Recipient will be chosen by a panel including but not limited to:
Pat & Wayne Loder,
Denise and Alan Pedersen,
Chapter leaders
and members of The Tony Brown Foundation LLC according to the above criteria.

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

Anne Castaldo



  1. Anne Your tribute to your son’s memory is a generous gift to a bereaved parent who God willing will pay it forward, Thank you for celebrating your son and touching the lives of others with your love<3<3<3

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