In Loving Memory of Renate Mehanna

Friends of SoZo Kids is saddened to announce the passing of one of our beloved volunteers, Renate Mehanna. She epitomized what Friends of SoZo Kids is all about: Sharing her time, talents, treasures -- and LOVE -- with the children living in poverty in the Ocala National Forest so that they might break the cycle of poverty and create bright futures for themselves. Renate's family is establishing a scholarship program in her memory. If you would like to contribute to it, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the "Donate Here" button above. Then click on "Give Now" and select the amount of your donation.

  2. Provide your donor details.

  3. On that same page, click on the box that says "Add a Tribute Cash Gift." This opens a window where you can indicate this is a gift "In Memory of" and then write in "Renate Mehanna."

  4. Add your credit card information and hit "Send."

  5. The final screen will read "Thank You for your gift to support the Undies & Sneakers Campaign." Ignore that; we will make sure your "Tribute Cash Gift" goes toward the Renate Mehanna Scholarship Fund.


Friends of SoZo Kids is simultaneously running a campaign to provide new underwear and sneakers for about 1,500 children when they head back to school in the fall. At the moment, we only have one donate link. We're working on creating a new website with more link opportunities. Thank you for your generosity and for your loving tribute to Renate.


Friends of SoZo Kids Inc. is in the process of creating a new website, which we hope to launch shortly. In the meantime, click on the Donate button, above, or write a check to Friends of SoZo Kids Inc." and mail it to our treasurer:

Pam DiPetrillo

3741 Barrel Loop

The Villages, FL 32163


Thank you so much for your generosity.

Thank you for your support!

A copy of the official registration may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 800-435-7352 within the State of Florida. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State.

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