John Travolta and Kelly Preston help kick off the 2015 LPGA season in Ocala, Florida in honor of the Jett Travolta Foundation!
John Travolta and Kelly Preston help kick off the 2015 LPGA season in Ocala, Florida in honor of the Jett Travolta Foundation!
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Kelly attended the GRODYSH / The Future Of Haiti / Humanity Organization dinner event in Clearwater, Florida to help raise awareness and funds for their mission to support Haitian children, families and entire communities, empowering them to move themselves from poverty to a brilliant future full of opportunities.
For more information please visit their website at www.grodysh.org
Kelly and Claude Reginald (“Reggie”) Jean, founder of GRODYSH.
To contribute to this organization, DONATE HERE
Grodysh Int’l Inc – The Future Of Haiti/Humanity Organization (FOHO) is a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) whose mission is to support children, families and entire communities, empowering them to move themselves from poverty to a brilliant future full of opportunities. We do what is needed, when it is needed and where it is needed the most. We do exactly what you would dream of doing for orphans and vulnerable children, teenage mothers, population in rural/urban Haiti through humanitarian aid and development assistance programs. – See more here
Former Pro Surfer Israel Paskowitz uses his unique expertise to help autistic children
My beautiful boy surfing
My friend and founder, Izzy Paskowitz
Surfing with the kids
Another successful ride!
Our friend, Isaiah Paskowitz
Kelly gives Children’s Mending Hearts Lifetime Achievement Award to Quincy Jones on Sunday, June 9, 2013
Children Mending Hearts was founded in 2008 by Lysa Heslov, the purpose of Children Mending Hearts is to give children worldwide the power to find and use their voices through creative expression. CMH conducts workshops in the arts in America with local homeless children’s organizations, and internationally with NGO’s (non-governmental organization) supporting children in conflict zones.
For more information check out their website: www.childrenmendinghearts.org
This boy is amazing! Let’s all support him!
And the Oscar for Best Car goes to… John Travolta! Actor rolls up to Vanity Fair party in 1960 Rolls-Royce Phantom
He may not have taken home a golden statuette at Sunday night’s Oscars. But John Travolta was still winning in the eyes of car aficionados after the ceremony. The 59-year-old actor pulled up to the Vanity Fair after-party in a 1960 Rolls-Royce Phantom V, accompanied by his beautiful wife, Kelly Preston.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston rolled up in a 1960 Rolls-Royce Phantom V for the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Travolta waved to fans as the chauffeured vehicle pulled up to the Sunset Tower in West Hollywood, California. Preston sat behind them, accompanied by a female friend as partygoers queued up near the valet, whipping their heads for a look at the car. The actor was grinning ear-to-ear as the couple arrived in their flashy ride.
Only 516 Phantom V’s were made while the vehicle was in production, from 1959 to 1967, with many royals and diplomats known to have chosen the vehicle for their own mode of transportation. The car features a lofty four-door saloon, which has chauffeured the likes of Queen Elizabeth II. John Lennon famously commissioned his white 1965 Phantom V sedan to be painted psychedelic yellow, blue and orange in a statement of rebellion. Travolta, however, rode in a more traditional bullet grey.
Inside the event, he posed with Preston, who wore an elegant coffee coloured lace gown. Travolta waved to fans while partygoers queuing up whipped back to see his mode of transportation. The couple was joined by a host of stars at the glitzy event.
Anne Hathaway swapped her baby pink Prada dress for a dove grey floor-length dress with an embellished neckline by Saint Laurent, while Jennifer Lawrence swapped her pale pink red carpet dress for a slinkier silver plunging Calvin Klein number. Other stars to switch it up for Graydon Carter’s event included Zoe Saldana, who changed from her embellished pale grey strapless gown to a plunging black number with lace peekaboo style panels.
Travolta blew a farewell kiss before he walked out of sight.
Olivia Munn, Naomi Watts, Amy Adams, John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston, Bo Derek, Liberty Ross, Solange Knowles and Maria Sharapova were also at the event. Travolta had earlier presented a movie musical montage at the 85th Annual Academy Awards.
The number featured performances from Catherine Zeta-Jones (All That Jazz, Chicago), Jennifer Hudson (And I Am Telling You, Dreamgirls) and Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, later joined by the cast of Les Miserables for a live rendition of I Dreamed a Dream.
A handsome pair: Travolta and Preston posed together on the red carpet at Sunset Tower in West Hollywood, California
With Travolta, Ocala firefighter offers detox testimony in Las Vegas
After 22 years of fighting fires and rushing to vehicle crashes, Joe Talley’s knees hurt. A lot.
He was taking gobs of Ibuprofen a day, he said. And at 41, he wasn’t in the best physical shape, either. Reports of cancer among older firefighters and the effects of the toxins they take in also had the Ocala Fire Rescue chief concerned.
So, in 2010, he participated in a detoxification program launched by actor and Anthony resident John Travolta. This is a non-denominational, wellness program rooted in Scientology that relies heavily on frequent saunas, niacin and aerobic exercise.
Talley and about 15 other local emergency responders embarked on the intensive, month-long treatments designed to rid the body of toxins and, generally, make humans feel much better.
“About two and a half weeks into it, I noticed my knee pain had disappeared,” said Talley, now 44. After his 33-day detoxification, he contends he simply “functions better. Period. I had a clearer thought process, which is important in my job. People’s lives depend on it.”
He is sold on detoxification and, as such, joined Travolta and Kelly Preston, the actor’s wife, Saturday to speak at a Heros Health Fund fundraiser in Las Vegas. Talley and a Utah police officer spoke to about 100 potential donors. There was a standing ovation, he said. And, Travolta noted, the event raised more than $400,000.
“That will put 70 first-responders through the detox program,” Travolta said, noting up to 30 of those slots are expected to be in Marion County.
Travolta praised Talley’s address.
“He gave a speech to inspire others, so it was a wonderful gesture on behalf of Ocala’s division,” the actor said, noting Talley’s words were powerful and effective. “He did it with sincerity and reality and truth. Here’s a guy who got real benefits from this.”
Detoxification has long been a Scientology staple, but Travolta saw a wider need after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
“Not too long after that, we started a detox center right in Manhattan for the first-responders,” he said. “Tom Cruise (a friend and fellow Scientologist) was involved. We were very successful … The jet fuel and the burning debris of those buildings, and the chemicals used in handling it, immediately affected these guys.”
Travolta was then in the 2004 firefighting drama “Ladder 49,” where he got to know many Baltimore firefighters. He noticed they spoke of the same ailments.
“I said, ‘Whoa, I’ve got to do something about this.’ But they could not afford to do it. I thought, well, I’ll just open up a center for them,” Travolta said. “They went for 25 or 30 days and came out with stellar results.”
When his family moved to Marion County a decade ago, Travolta heard similar stories from local first-responders. He and Preston launched the Marion County program in 2010 with $26,000 they raised at their Ocala “From Paris With Love” movie gala.
“When Ocala did so well, we decided to do it in Utah (Salt Lake City),” he said, noting that the latest program was started in Las Vegas. “The police are exposed to meth houses. The firemen are exposed to smoke and its toxins. (The detox programs) are free for first responders. These guys are modestly paid. They have to get permission to take off work to do it. The combination of getting time off and affording to do it needs to be subsidized.”
Detoxification has critics who contend it is unproven. Talley said city medical staff were initially concerned about the amount of time first responders would spend in the sauna. But, he said, there was medical supervision with blood draws part way through the process.
The detoxification program, Talley contends, went beyond eliminating knee pain, boosting energy, improving his complexion and honing mental clarity after his days of sweating out toxins. It sparked a lifestyle change. These days, he does CrossFit training, he said, and purchased a portable, infrared sauna he uses two or three times a week in his home.
Supporting efforts to educate children on aviation and attended the Living Legends Of Aviation Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Friday (January 18).
The “Grease” star donned a black suit, blue dress shirt, and black tie while his lovely wife wore a navy blue sleeveless gown on the red carpet.
Hosted by the 58-year-old actor and pilot himself, the awards have honored Living Legends in the field such as Buzz Aldrin, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Sully Sullenberger, and Kurt Russell.
Produced by the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, the awards also support the non-profit organization dedicated to introducing, educating, and sparking children’s interest in aviation.
Kelly shares some of her favorite things on Elizabeth Street.
Check out John and Olivia’s Christmas CD and Music Video
Here’s a link to the video:
The Future Of Haiti Orphanage recently sent these images thanking the Jett Travolta Foundation for it’s contributions and help. In a letter from the Orphanage they wrote, “Your donations have helped us make significant progress in making the orphanage secure, protecting our children from the elements in our temporary classrooms and securing the lands we will need to make ourselves self-sustainable.”
John and I both support this wonderful orphanage and encourage anyone who wants to help, to please make a donation in any amount that you are able to. Below is a link to their website.
I recently taped an episode of the Emmy-winning daytime show, ‘The Doctors,’ which will air this Wednesday, 11/21/12. On air, I was given the opportunity to discuss the importance of protecting ourselves and our children from the chemicals in our food and environment. I spoke about eating and living organic, USDA regulation, and GMO labeling. I also shared my experience and first hand knowledge and research regarding autism, as well as healthy weight loss.
Check your local listings for airtimes.
After the devastating earthquake of 2010, John and I flew supplies to Haiti ourselves, and were touched by the wonderful people there. 137 displaced children ended up at the home of Claude Reginald Jean, a long-time humanitarian in Haiti, who turned his home into The Future Of Haiti Orphanage. Soon afterwards, they started a school, Institution Humanitaire Theta, where the children receive a high-quality education, including being educated in ethics and morals. Both the school and orphanage rely 100% on donations and the generosity of others for food, clothing, school supplies, and general operating expenses.
John and I both support this wonderful orphanage and encourage anyone who wants to help, to please make a donation in any amount that you are able to. Below is the information on how to do that.
GRODYSH Int’l. Inc. – The Future Of Haiti Organization was founded in the U.S. in January 2011 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in order to support the orphanage and school, as well as other humanitarian activities in Haiti.
When our dear friend Kirstie decided to step up and help those affected by Hurricane Sandy, she asked John and I to help, as well, and we decided to do just that! We matched Kirstie’s donation!! And with those funds, along with all of the generous donations from the people of Los Angeles who also wanted to assist, we were able to supply a truck filled with supplies needed for those affected by Hurricane Sandy from the Los Angeles area and an additional truck was loaded up right in New Jersey.
The trucks were loaded with supplies such as bottled water, diapers, canned foods, blankets, batteries, and clothing to help the people who have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
Our thoughts and prayers reach out to all of the victims from Hurricane Sandy.
Love, John and Kelly
P.S. A big “shout out” to Wal Mart for the big discount on all of the supplies we purchased and also to Box Brothers for all of the free boxes we loaded up with supplies!!! Thank you!!
I am reaching out to all of you to please do whatever you can to assist with the massive Rhino crisis that we are faced with here in South Africa. There are only around 22,000 Rhino left in South Africa and at the current rate of poaching, we are looking at extinction by the year 2050, but with massive escalation of poaching—it could be sooner. We need to get the full-time helicopter program back up and running. With this program in the air, we saw an 85% reduction in poaching. I am pleading with you to please make your donation today to help save these beautiful animals. It is all of our responsibility to do whatever we can to save them. My dear friend Lawrence Anthony did so much to help save animals during his life. I urge you to support the helicopter program, which The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization is running with East Coast radio. Any amount will help, let’s all make a difference and thank you, thank you, thank you for your support.
To make a donation: http://earthorganization.org
I just returned from Paris where my husband gave me the most amazing birthday present—a trip with close friends and family! We spent 4 days eating at fabulous restaurants and shopping at the French markets and on the Champs-Elysees. It was wonderful to spend time with family and friends to celebrate being 30 again…hehe. Here are a couple photos from the trip.
My husband, Johnny, made his directorial debut creating a special Mother’s Day video for me. I was so moved and love it so much that I wanted to share it with all of you. Happy Mother’s Day to anyone who mothers a child.
Kelly appeared on “The Conversation” Thursday, May 10th on Lifetime.
Pick up the latest copy (May 7 issue) of People Magazine “Beautiful Issue”- on newsstands now.
Watch Kelly on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson from April 19!
April 14th was a great day for moms and babies when actresses Kelly Preston, Jenna Elfman and former boxer Laila Ali, hosted an afternoon tea dedicated to educating and encouraging moms of all ages to make healthier lifestyle choices on behalf of their children.
Partnering up with non-profit organizations Best for Babes and Healthy Child Healthy World they all worked to create “learning stations” in every room of Jenna Elfman’s beautiful Hollywood Hills home, encouraging guests to explore and educate themselves about the best breastfeeding techniques, as well as easy non-toxic living practices.
“When I first had my son 20 years ago and learned that he had special needs, I discovered that his health was directly related to the toxins and chemicals in our environment. I vowed to learn everything I could about the hidden dangers we are surrounded by on a daily basis, and I wanted to find the best ways to prevent exposure to them and to avoid bringing those toxic substances into my home,” says Kelly Preston.
Ms. Ali added, “When I first started educating myself on taking care of my baby, the first thing I learned was how important it was to breastfeed; the bonding with the baby, the nutrition, the immune protection. I realized this was something I had to do, whether I wanted to or not. And I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but it was a fight I had to be part of!”
As guests toured Ms. Elfman’s home, they were introduced to the basics of getting a good breastfeeding start, managing milk supply, and getting help from experts in the area. There were representatives from Leading Lady on hand to help new and expecting moms with fittings for comfortable, affordable and fashionable nursing bras.
As guests entered the nursery and attached bathroom, a Healthy Child Healthy World representative was there to answer any questions and provide information on simple ways to create a safer, cleaner nursery and home by using natural cleaning products, organic body care lotions and soaps, and chlorine-free diapers.
Each room of Ms. Elfman’s home featured some of the three hostesses’ favorite breastfeeding & non-toxic products. As Ms. Elfman put it “Education and awareness are the first steps. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something, and every action counts.”
Internationally known South African conservationist, author, humanitarian and founder of The Earth Organization, Lawrence Anthony passed away on March 2. He was 61.
An acknowledged African wildlife expert, Anthony is probably best known for his bold conservation initiatives, including the internationally acclaimed rescue of the Baghdad Zoo at the height of the war in Iraq in April 2003, and his expeditions into the jungles of Southern Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, in an attempt to keep the Northern White Rhino from extinction.
Between 2002 and 2004 Anthony took part leave from his conservation activities to work with South Africa’s future leaders in a non political role during the evolution to democracy and appeared before Bishop Desmond Tutu’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission with a submission on the root causes of racism and apartheid in South Africa.
Among his many recognitions and awards, he was a recipient of the United Nations “Earth Day Medal” presented at the United Nations in New York in 2004. Recipient of the Earth Society “Earth Trustee” award presented at the United Nations in 2004 and he was an international member of the esteemed Explorers Club in New York.
For his bravery and initiative in the rescue of the Baghdad Zoo during the Iraq War in 2003 Lawrence was recognized by both the US and Iraqi governments and he was honored with the US Army 3rd Infantry Division “Regimental Medal”. This medal is only awarded during active service.
In 2007 Lawrence submitted the Wildlife in Warzones draft resolution to the United Nations in New York. The draft resolution obliges member states to protect wildlife and the environment in war zones and to treat zoos, game reserves, marine parks, veterinary facilities and game rangers as illegitimate targets of war. The resolution is being actively pursued internationally and is finding strong support and traction amongst member states.
Lawrence was the founder of the Earth Organization, an independent international conservation and environmental organization with a strong scientific orientation. Earth Org as it is popularly known has its head office in South Africa and operates in seventeen countries.
At a presentation in Washington, DC, respected author and journalist Tom Clynes named Lawrence amongst his six most impressive and influential people in a lifetime of reporting. Other names on the list include such luminaries as Sir Edmund Hilary.
Anthony was owner and long standing head of conservation on the Thula Thula Game reserve in Kwa Zulu Natal South Africa. Thula Thula is the oldest private game reserve in Kwa Zulu Natal.
He leaves behind his wife Francoise, his two sons and two grandsons.
See the CBS video of the Baghdad Zoo rescue:
Pick up the latest copy (February 6 issue) of People Magazine and check out my article – it’s on newsstands now.
Check out my interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.
When Kelly Preston gave birth to her son Benjamin Travolta a year ago, she knew losing the baby weight wouldn’t be easy.
“When I got pregnant at 48, I didn’t know if my body would bounce back,” the actress tells PEOPLE.
Turns out, Preston had no need to worry. Not only did she shed the baby weight, but over the past year she’s dipped below her pre-pregnancy weight – and is relishing a new figure and renewed vitality as she approaches the mid-century mark.
“I lost 39 lbs., have more energy than I had 20 years ago – and I feel amazing,” Preston says. “I’m going to be turning 50 next year – holy s–––! Hey, 50 is the new 30.”
So besides tennis and keeping up with an active baby, what’s her secret? The Organic Liaison weight-loss program created by Preston and John Travolta’s close friend Kirstie Alley, who cleared her own hurdle this summer when she dropped 100 lbs.
“I was so excited when my best friend created Rescue Me,” says Preston of the diet plan’s organic supplement system that targets cravings and “boosts natural energy,” according to the Organic Liaison website.
“It’s pretty much the most genius thing ever,” says Preston, who recently signed on as the weight-loss system’s spokesperson.
But a rocking a new body is not the only cause for joy in the Travolta household.
“We just celebrated Ben’s first birthday,” she says. “I can’t believe it’s already been a year.”
Click on the links below to read some more recent press about Kelly’s weight loss.
Click here to see my Organic Liaison Journey
I’ve always been a big supporter of health and organics. The two go hand-in-hand for me. When it comes to keeping in shape, I’m the first to take up the most natural route: eating well (organic) and staying active.
When I got pregnant at 48, I knew it would take some work to get my body back in shape. I started drinking Rescue Me (USDA certified organic weight loss product), created by my best friend for her weight loss program, Organic Liaison. In short, it’s amazing on your appetite and your energy level. I’ve lost 39 pounds. I have more energy than I had 20 years ago and I feel incredible.
I love Rescue Me and the Organic Liaison program for promoting an organic lifestyle – and for helping me bounce back.
Earlier this month, I was in Hawaii and met with some amazing heroes.
It was an honor to meet with Gen. Gary North, the Commander of the Pacific Air Force and Chief Master Sergeant Brooke McLean, along with honored Airmen of the Quarter and members of the Hawaii Air National Guard at Hickam Air Force Base.
I was so moved to meet Airmen and women who shared their jobs and lives with me. I was also glad to share with them our efforts to support the Hero’s Health Fund that benefits those who suffer from toxic exposure.
The Hawaii Air National Guard proudly showed me through one of their C-17 Globemaster’s, which they used to bring aid to earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan and have also used on many other humanitarian missions. I was deeply impressed with their service and commitment and was honored to have been invited to share the day with the General and his Airmen in the Courtyard of Heros, especially on the eve of the 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. This is an extraordinary day to remember and I feel honored to have shared it with them.
I just came across this… It’s really powerful. A friend told me to “DROP EVERYTHING AND WATCH THIS RIGHT NOW! SERIOUSLY”…I’m glad I did.
For more information about the Heroes Health Fund,
or to make a donation, contact:
Severna Park Health & Wellness Center
645 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Suite 113
Severna Park, MD 21146
Travolta, honored by the Heroes Health Fund, a national charity overseeing the rehabilitation of first responders, firefighters, police officers and military personnel, shared his concern over America’s heroes and the health challenges they face. “After September 11, I observed the ill effects of the chemicals the firefighters, police and EMTs were exposed to.”
“Then I got to do this movie called ‘Ladder 49,’ and with my own eyes I got to see all the friends I made, who trained me in the movie, that they were suffering from ailments,” Travolta revealed.
Through the Heroes Health Fund, first responders can be treated using a therapeutic detoxification regimen consisting largely of exercise, time in a sauna and a diet of antioxidants. “It’s not easy. It’s a lot of vitamins, a lot of oils, a lot of sweating, but you know, the product is health,” the actor explained.
In June we traveled to Paris for a little family summer vacation.
August 6, 2011 Hollywood, California — Over 1,000 Scientologists and guests attended a gala event in Hollywood Saturday night, marking the 42nd anniversary of the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre. Guests included many of the Church’s well-known members, including John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Anne Archer, Jenna Elfman, Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Erika Christensen, Priscilla Presley and Nancy Cartwright.
I just signed on to play the role of Victoria Gotti Sr. in the film, “Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father.” I will be working with John and Ella again which is very exciting!
Here is an article:
On the evening of Sunday, May 29, Scientologists, friends and neighbors joined the Travoltas, including Ocala Mayor Randy Ewers, Ocala Police Major Dennis Yonce, and retired Fire Chief Dan Gentry at the ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremonies of the Church of Scientology Mission of Ocala, Florida. John and Kelly spearheaded establishment of the new Church in their adopted hometown. Located adjacent to the historic townsquare, the Mission of Ocala will offer Scientology beginning services to the community.
The Travoltas proudly introduce their newest addition to their family, Benjamin, on the cover of the new HELLO! and People magazines (with interview and family photo album), available on newsstands Wednesday and Friday respectively.
To view the People magazine cover, click here.
and to view HELLO! click here.
I recently completed the film Casino Jack, directed by George Hickenlooper, starring alongside Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper and Jon Lovitz. The film is about a hot shot Washington DC lobbyist, Jack Abramoff (Kevin Spacey) and his protégé, Michael Scanlon (Barry Pepper) who go down hard as their schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder. I play Pam Abramoff in this dramatic comedy. Now available on DVD.
I just returned from an incredible trip with my family to Argentina, Rio de Janeiro, and South Africa! It was a wonderful trip!
South Africa truly is one of my favorite places to visit. One of the highlights was attending an event for The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in South Africa – to help raise awareness of their needs.
To learn more about this great organization, check out their website at: www.nelsonmandelachildrensfund.com
I loved Rio and Argentina! The people were very warm and friendly, the sights were gorgeous, and both had wonderful foods and great shopping!
Disney’s “The Last Song” was released on March 31st. I hope that you all had a chance to go out and see this wonderful movie. It was so much fun working with Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear, and all of the rest of the talented cast! Now available on DVD.
We would like to extend our deepest and most heartfelt thanks to everyone who has sent their love and condolences. Jett was the most wonderful son that two parents could ever ask for and lit up the lives of everyone he encountered. We are heartbroken that our time with him was so brief. We will cherish the time we had with him for the rest of our lives. We have received many messages of condolence from around the world and we want to thank everyone for their prayers and support. It has meant so much to us. It is a beautiful reminder of the inherent goodness in the human spirit that gives us hope for a brighter future.
With love, John, Kelly and Ella
The enormous amount of love, support and condolence we have received from this community has been most humbling. Comforting words, thoughts and prayers of Ocala’s citizens have made an impossibly painful situation, a little less painful.
The actions of Ocala’s community leaders, its law enforcement professionals, our neighbors at Jumbolair and its surrounding communities have offered us the dignity to grieve the loss of our son and Ella’s brother in peace. For this we will always be grateful.
From the people who drove hours to drop off cards and flowers at our doorstep, to the service providers who made Jett’s ceremony so beautiful, thank you. Every person who we have encountered has offered to do anything in their power to help us, but add that they feel powerless to do so. We want all of you to know that you have already helped us. By sharing our grief, you lessen our burden. For all of the people who have kept Jett in their prayers, know that those prayers have given us inspiration and strength. What we have experienced in Ocala transcends neighborly civility. We have been treated as family. Although we lost a good part of the joy and radiance of our family, your embracing us as a member of your own has helped us to contend with our loss. In parting, we want all of you to cherish your loved ones and your friends like there was no tomorrow, to live your lives to the fullest by continuing to help one another, and to be true to yourselves.
Love, John, Kelly and Ella
We have always believed that a person’s true character reveals itself in the most difficult situations. For us, the loss of Jett on the morning of January 2 was the most difficult situation we could envision. The character, love and true friendship of the Bahamian people became immediately apparent during our time of crisis. From the Prime Minister and the former Prime Minister, who immediately expressed the condolence of the Bahamian people, to the management staff and employees of Old Bahama Bay who fiercely protected us from further hurt, at a real cost to themselves. From the police and medical professionals in charge of the official investigation who executed their responsibilities in a private and dignified manner, to the EMTs, Rand Memorial Hospital personnel and coroner whose pain was as evident as our own.
Of special note was the assistance of Keith McSweeney and his associate of the Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium. The grace and accommodation extended by these gentlemen at this most difficult time will always be appreciated. All actions taken by both men were at our direction and pursuant to our express request.
The love, sympathy and protection as a member of your family, which was extended to us during this most trying of times, will never be forgotten.
We remain as one, with the people of the great island nation of the Bahamas.
Love, John, Kelly and Ella