Famous Fone Friends is an organization totally comprised of volunteers whose purpose is to lift the spirits and morale of hospitalized and home-bound children by linking them with celebrities through telephone calls. It was founded in 1986 by a group of I.A.T.S.E., Local #884 Studio Teachers and other caring members of the community. No one associated with FAMOUS FONE FRIENDS receives any monetary compensation.
Director of Administration: Linda Stone
Director of Celebrities: Randye Howard
Tribute Chair: Kelly Manthe
Treasurer: Jeff Gross
Online Coordinator: Mark Wallis2. What is the tax-exempt status of Famous Fone Friends?
The majority of funds come from donations from Studio Teachers and other supporters of FFF. Hospitals, families and celebrities are never solicited for donations. FAMOUS FONE FRIENDS runs on an annual budget of between $3000 and $4000 a year; as a result, fund-raising is not necessary. Expenses include literature and postage, as every child called receives a script from a favorite show, or if the child is a pre-reader, a little gift is sent representing the cartoon character that called.5. If I am a member of a child’s hospital team, or if I am a member of FFF, how can I refer a seriously ill child to FAMOUS FONE FRIENDS for a call?
A celebrity/athlete should email firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the character that he/she plays on a particular show or the sport and associated team name. The commitment is to make one telephone call. In most circumstances, FFF discourages having a celebrity call a specific child more than once to avoid the child becoming too attached. If asked to call back again, the celebrity can email FFF and we will assign a different celebrity to make the call. A child can have multiple calls, just from different celebrities.
It is very important for a celebrity to call the child soon after receiving the request from FFF. Doctors try to discharge children as soon as possible. If for some reason, the call cannot be made in a timely fashion, please email email@example.com and other arrangements will be made.7. If I am not a celebrity, member of hospital staff or family of a child being called, how can I make a donation to FAMOUS FONE FRIENDS?
Please mail your check to:
FAMOUS FONE FRIENDS
9101 Sawyer Street
Los Angeles, CA 90035
100% of your tax-deductible donation goes toward services to benefit the children called.