Angel Charity for Children, Inc. was founded by a mother motivated to ensure that her child’s short life would have a special meaning. In 1982, after losing her 9 year old son Michael to cancer, Louise Thomas invited Jane Loew Sharples to help her form a new organization with a mission to improve the lives of children in Pima County, Arizona. Together, they recruited 100 individuals who believed in this cause and were willing to make it happen. All volunteers, the membership included community and business leaders, friends, and those who would become friends, each of whom was committed to the mission of helping children.
Her dream became a reality and over the past 24 years Angel Charity has raised in excess of $17 million, benefiting 52 agencies whose services to children address issues on everything from healthcare and abuse to recreational and cultural needs.