Foster Families Foundation raising money to help kids

The recent formation of a foundation to help children in foster care was done with the intention of letting children in the system experience more of the joys of childhood.

The Washington County Foster Families Foundation (WCFFF) was established with initial proceeds from a Tanya Tucker concert and now an upcoming Bellamy Brothers concert at Peoples Bank Theatre will also benefit the cause.

“We raised $33,466 at the Tanya Tucker concert and that will help us bring a better quality of life to these kids who were dealt a rough hand through no fault of their own,” said Doug Mallett, chairman of the foundation.

Local county monies are provided to foster families for necessities such as food and clothing but often there isn’t enough money left for extracurricular activities, such as dance classes and sports uniforms or fees.

“Foster parents get a $20 per day per diem and they try to do what they can to allow the kids to do things that they want to do, but $600 a month won’t go too far,” said Jamie Vuksic, executive director of Washington County Children Services.

As of August, there are 75 children in the Washington County foster care system, many of those school age who would benefit from the foundation. And the idea is to keep raising money to help as many children for as long as possible.

“I think the foundation would like to build something that has a lasting effect,” Vuksic said. “This is something extra and special for our agency and the parents are so appreciative.”

The funds are handled through the Marietta Community Foundation rather than through Children Services. Mallett said that anyone who wishes to know more about the WCFFF is urged to contact him at (740) 516-4726.

The Bellamy Brothers concert will be held on Nov. 18 with 100 percent of the proceeds after expenses going to the foundation. The country artists have been around since the 1970s and their hit song “Let Your Love Flow” was a number one single on the United States pop charts, as well as more than a dozen countries worldwide. Tickets range from $39 to $125 and are available at

“The foundation has been wonderful to work with and they help to bring these high profile acts to our stage,” said Drew Tanner, director of marketing for Peoples Bank Theatre. “One of the things we envisioned for our theater was to showcase local talent and to help with organizations that would benefit the community.”

How to help

¯ Washington County Foster Families Foundation (WCFFF)

¯ Contact chairman Doug Mallett at 740-516-4726 or P.O. Box 37, Marietta, Ohio 45750

¯ The Bellamy Brothers benefit concert at Peoples Bank Theater will be Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets at