Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation Expands Its Board

JENNIFER BUSH-LAWSON FOUNDATION EXPANDS ITS BOARD
Kelly Garrity and Elizabeth Ingram join the board of directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT
Jennifer Myers
703-462-2336, jmyers@jb-lf.org

ARLINGTON, VA, FEBRUARY 28, 2019 – The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation (JB-LF) announces that Kelly Garrity and Elizabeth Ingram have joined its board of directors, effective February 27, 2019. Their addition is part of a planned expansion of JB-LF’s board, and the foundation expects to add an additional board member later this year.

Garrity is the Senior Director of Membership Services and Development at the National Health Council, where she has worked since 2008. She is also a founding member, fundraising chair and legislative co-chair of the Virginia chapter of the Star Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing pregnancy loss and neonatal death and improving care for families who experience such tragedies.

“I’m thrilled to be able to combine my nonprofit professional experience and personal experience with a high-risk pregnancy to help JB-LF achieve its mission,” says Kelly Garrity.

Ingram, a preschool teacher at Westover Baptist, has volunteered with JB-LF since its launch, dedicating her time to serve as a co-chair and the race director of the annual 5K & Family Fun Day. This new role will allow her to become even more involved in JB-LF’s activities in the community.

“The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation is in an exciting phase of growth, with a new event series on maternal and infant health as well as a newly launched Prize for Prenatal Innovation. The expertise that our new board members bring will help us achieve our plans for growth so that we can improve the lives of even more economically vulnerable moms and babies,” said Neal Lawson, founder and chair of JB-LF.

About the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation

Established in honor of Jenn Lawson, who lost her life in 2014, the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, serves economically vulnerable mothers and infants by working to increase access to high-quality maternal and infant health care and support. Jennifer was a loving, dedicated mother of three, driven to advocacy after receiving high-quality care during her own complicated pregnancies. JB-LF seeks to embody her generous spirit by giving all mothers and newborns the means to thrive. For more information, visit www.jenniferbushlawsonfoundation.org.

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Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation Pays Tribute to Owen Beirne Jr.

We are immensely sad to share that JB-LF friend Owen Beirne Jr. passed away on January 20, 2019. Owen was a catalyst for the Knights of Columbus Edward Douglass White Council 2473 reaching out to us in some of the darkest hours for the Lawson family to find out how KOC could help. We are so thankful for the partnership that grew out of that kindness, which we see every year at our 5K & Family Fun Day on the Knights’ beautiful grounds.

We will miss you, Owen.

For more information about funeral services, please view this Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferBushLawsonFoundation/posts/2217034248538525

(Photo courtesy of Knights of Columbus Edward Douglass White Council 2473 Facebook page.)

Pace the Nation: Episode 174

At 1:18:30, host Chris Farley talks about dancing to raise funds for the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation at the DC’s Dancing Stars Gala, what it’s like getting roasted by gala judges Sean Spicer, Chelsie Hightower and Monte Durham, and the Jennifer Bush-Lawson 5K.

More: https://www.runpacers.com/podcast/episodes/episode-174-state-champs-chris-pellegrini/

8 Fun Things To Do In November (Arlington Magazine)

November 4, 2018 by Holly Rhue

5. Run and play at the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation 5K & Family Fun Day.

The fourth annual 5K & Family Fun Day, honoring the late Jennifer Bush-Lawson, kicks off with a certified 5K course (open to adults and youth), followed by a festival with music, moon bounces, obstacles courses, food trucks, a beer garden, corn hole tournaments, face painting, balloon animals and more. Proceeds will go toward “providing high-quality pediatric and maternal health care services for economically vulnerable expectant mothers and their children” through Virginia Hospital Center.

Date: Nov. 17

Location: 5115 Little Falls Road, Arlington

Full story: https://www.arlingtonmagazine.com/8-fun-things-to-do-in-november/5/

Volunteer Spotlight: Elizabeth Ingram

Featured in Volunteer Arlington, October 29, 2018

The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, a young and growing nonprofit founded in 2014 following the untimely death of Jenn Lawson, knows that the success of its annual event is due in large part to its fearless and dedicated event co-chairs. One event co-chair in particular deserves special recognition for the time she’s volunteered to the organization: Elizabeth Ingram.

“Elizabeth has been with the 5K & Family Fun Day since the very beginning, when it was still in the ideation stage. She stepped into the race director role, helping get it off the ground and then ensuring that each race is one that our runners will look forward to returning to the next year,” said Jennifer Myers, executive director of the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation. “Now, for our fourth annual event, our 5K registrations are pacing ahead of all prior years, and I believe Elizabeth’s hard work has much to do with that.”

Elizabeth is joined this year by two other volunteer co-chairs, Cristin Finkel, who is in her second year co-chairing the event, and Chrissy Campbell, who quickly said yes when asked to to join as a co-chair. The volunteer event committee is rounded out by Moley Evans, Tita Freeman, Nicole Harding, Amanda Harris, Jennifer Judah, Janaki Kates, Heather Myklegard, Ángela Puentes, Midori Rome and Kelly Young.

“The wonderful thing about running a nonprofit in Arlington is that there is such a wealth of talented people who can bring their perspectives and experiences to their volunteer work. We are truly a fortunate community for that,” added Jennifer Myers.

Full story: https://volunteer.leadercenter.org/volunteer-spotlight-elizabeth-ingram 

Core for a Cause

A core workout AND custard for a GREAT cause! What more could you want?

The event includes a Pilates for Runners class and a special treat from Kustard & Co, plus all proceeds from the $25 registration fee will go straight to JB-LF! All of Body Dynamics, Inc.’s group classes are informed by current movement science research and physical therapy principles.

Virginia Hospital Center Earns $70,000 Grant to Support Pregnant Women (Arlington Now)

by Melanie Pincus, August 1, 2018 at 4:45 pm

The Virginia Hospital Center’s Outpatient Clinic has an additional $70,354 to support uninsured and low-income pregnant women in the area, thanks to a recent grant from the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation.

The bulk of the grant money — $64,354 — will support the second year of a telemedicine pilot program, which facilitates virtual appointments for patients with high-risk pregnancies who are unable to schedule some appointments in-person due to work, child care commitments or transportation barriers.

Another $5,000 will go to “transportation cards” for pregnant women who are low-income. The remaining $1,000 will go to purchasing “pack-and-plays,” which provide a safe place for newborns to sleep, for families in need.

The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation was founded in memory of Jennifer Lawson, a mother of three who died in a 2014 accident. Registration is now open for the fourth annual Jennifer Bush-Lawson 5K & Family Fun Day, scheduled for Nov. 17. The event will raise additional funds for the Virginia Hospital Center’s Outpatient Clinic.

Full story: https://www.arlnow.com/2018/08/01/virginia-hospital-center-earns-70000-grant-to-support-pregnant-women/

Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation Announces $70K Grant for Virginia Hospital Center’s Outpatient Clinic

 

(L to R: Lesley Daigle, Telemedicine Coordinator, Outpatient Clinic; Michelle Altman, Patient Care Director, Outpatient Clinic; Betsy Frantz, President, Virginia Hospital Center Foundation; Jennifer Myers, Executive Director, Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation; Taryn Overman, Senior Director, Patient Care Services)  

ARLINGTON, VA, JULY 31, 2018 – The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation (JB-LF) is pleased to announce a grant totaling $70,354 made to Virginia Hospital Center’s Outpatient Clinic this month to support their work with low-income and uninsured pregnant women in the local community.

This funding covered three significant needs at the Outpatient Clinic:

  • $64,354 to fund nursing and care coordination staffing for a second year of a telemedicine pilot program, which will run through June 2019. The telemedicine program, which launched in 2017, allows for increased prenatal monitoring for high-risk pregnancies through virtual appointments for patients who may otherwise may not be able to make in-person appointments due to work schedules, child care needs or transportation issues. The program seeks to reduce NICU admissions, missed and no-show prenatal appointments, and emergency department visits and hospitalizations (other than for delivery) for economically vulnerable OB patients in the Clinic.
  • $5,000 for transportation cards for low-income expectant mothers who need assistance in order to make prenatal appointments.
  • $1,000 for new pack-and-plays for families in need so their newborns have a safe place to sleep.

“We are grateful to the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation for their support of our telemedicine program,” said Michelle Altman, Patient Care Director, Outpatient Clinic at Virginia Hospital Center. “Telemedicine has helped the Clinic to provide comprehensive, holistic, patient-centered care to pregnant patients who are high risk due to gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension and other complications. Through telemedicine, we are able to reach patients wherever they are in the community, whether on the job or at home. This program has facilitated the more continuous follow-up that is required for successful outcomes in complicated pregnancies. We partner with JB-LF to help keep our patients safe and healthy during and after their deliveries.”

“The work that Virginia Hospital Center’s Outpatient Clinic is doing for the most vulnerable members of our community is directly aligned with our mission to give all mothers and newborns the support they need to thrive. We are extremely pleased to continue partnering with them on these important projects, which have a real and immediate impact for those in need,” said Neal Lawson, founder and chair of the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation.

Funds for this grant were raised through the annual Jennifer Bush-Lawson 5K & Family Fun Day. The 4th annual Jennifer Bush-Lawson 5K & Family Fun Day will be held on November 17, 2018, at the Knights of Columbus, 5115 Little Falls Rd, Arlington, VA 22207, and will again raise funds for low-income pregnant patients at Virginia Hospital Center’s Outpatient Clinic. Registration is now open, with early bird pricing available through September 15, 2018, and sponsorships are also available; for more information, visit www.jb-lf.org/5K.

“We are most appreciative to the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation for its continued dedication and support of the Hospital’s most vulnerable population,” said Betsy Frantz, President, Virginia Hospital Center Foundation.

About the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation

Established in honor of Jennifer Lawson, who lost her life in 2014, the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, serves economically vulnerable mothers and infants by working to increase access to high-quality maternal and pediatric health care and support. Jennifer was a loving, dedicated mother of three, driven to advocacy after receiving high-quality care during her own complicated pregnancies. JB-LF seeks to embody her generous spirit by giving all mothers and newborns the means to thrive.