Turtle Wing is a non-profit organization aimed at helping children and families in our rural area. In a special event held on Thursday, Jan. 19 at Senglemann Hall, Chris Hooper along with his wife DeeAnn, founder of Turtle Wing Foundation, and its board of directors shared “Jack’s Story” with a crowd of nearly 200 people. The 20 minute documentary created by DeeAnn Hooper and Trent Heady tells the story of Jackson Allan Hooper who died suddenly on April 5, 2011. The autopsy report concluded that the cause of death was “a viral-like syndrome of unknown etiology”. Please view “Jack’s Story” under ABOUT tab. The movie chronicles Jack’s challenges with autism and the ways his family was able to persevere and overcome its own challenges to get Jack everything he needed to succeed. It also explained the mission and purpose of Turtle Wing Foundation.
Turtle Wing has been founded to help families, not only families affected by Autism, but all families who struggle with learning differences. The proposed counties of service include: Fayette, Colorado, Lavaca, Victoria, Gonzales, Lee, Washington, Austin, Ft. Bend and DeWitt.
Since the movie premiere event, Turtle Wing Foundation has received over $6,000 to help start work for children and families. Numerous businesses and community members have generously contributed to this worthy cause but more help is needed to successfully assist the countless families. On April 28, 2012, the foundation will host the First Annual Jack Hooper Day at the Ballpark and Homerun Derby at the Schulenburg Sports Complex. This event will start with a 5k Walk/Run beginning at 9 a.m. and opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. There will be a homerun derby hitting contest for baseball fans of all ages, a “fun zone” for the kids, music, silent auction and plenty of food, drink and snacks. Mark your calendars for a full day of family fun for a great cause!