Grandma’s Mission Angels launches in Greencastle

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
WAYZ radio personalities AJ, Krystle, Nicole, Tiny and JD spent four hours in jail Saturday, waiting for the public to choose the Most Wanted DJ through their monetary votes. The money benefitted Grandma’s Mission Angels, a new organization with the motto “Lifting Hearts with Helping Hands”.

Dawn Folley, president of Grandma’s Mission Angels, and Dustin Beaver, vice president, felt no guilt in putting five people behind bars Saturday. With the cooperation of deejays from WAYZ, the new non-profit organization raised money toward its goal, to help families in need.

The radio folk were escorted into town by the Greencastle police department, and sat ignominously in the parking lot of Incognito Tattoo on East Baltimore Street, waiting for their fans and passersby to make contributions to the cause.

The fundraiser was one of several the group has held since its recent founding. Folley and Beaver were involved in other charitable initiatives, and met at a function for Cameron Myers, a tot from State Line suffering from cancer. He died in February 2014 at age three.

Beaver already had experience organizing fundraising events, following the death of his wife Tiffany’s sister. Stephanie Zeis was killed in a car accident in 2007. The family sponsored several dog walks and softball tournaments in her name and made donations to the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter and the Greencastle-Antrim Baseball/Softball Association.

Grandma’s Mission Angels has raised between $2,000 and $6,000 for specific families or individuals hit by unexpected expenses.

“They had a house fire or needed medical tests or had other hardships,” said Beaver.

Now Grandma’s Angels wants to get a step ahead.

“We’re struggling,” Beaver continued. “We would like to set up a bank account so the money is ready for immediate help.”

The organization has corporate sponsors in Antrim Diesel RV Sales, Antrim Diesel Service, Beaver’s Lawn Care and Ryder’s Welding. It would like more.

Other board members are Sam Folley, treasurer; Evan Moser, Tim Bremmer Sr., and Brad Ryder. They seek to grow to be able to help out people in the Greencastle area who find themselves in a tough situation, offering both emotional and financial help.

“It’s our way of giving back, to do good,” said Beaver.

Anyone seeking more information may contact the group at grandmasmissionangels@gmail.com

The next fundraising event is a Smith’s chicken dinner sale at Sunnyway Foods on June 14.