Jessica M. Orozco Fund for James

$34,545 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 415 people in 5 months
Created October 30, 2018
Rest in power Jessica M. Orozco, taken from family and friends much too soon. We all knew Jessica to be courageous and outgoing, a strong woman who could germinate smiles from stones. 

Friends, family, and colleagues have set up this campaign to help Jessica's adopted son (and nephew) James, who has a long road ahead, but we can help with his healing by bringing Jessica's wide-reaching community together to secure funds for him now, and into the future. 

Jessica received her Masters in botany #botanyisbitchin #plantsnotpants from Claremont Graduate University and worked as range scientist for the Hualapai Nation. The Society of Ethnobiology has recently renamed one of their Fellowships, an award Jessica received in 2016  , to the "Jessica Mae Orozco Indigenous Ethnobiologist Fellowship".  

Please see Jessica's Obituary here 

Memorial Schedule:
Friday, November 2, 2018 at 10am: Hualapai Tribal Gymnasium, Peach Springs, AZ
Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 2pm: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Cultivar Garden (1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711)
Jessica's partner Brandon Havatone will bring Jessica to her final resting place in Reno, NV, Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery, and will attend the November 18th memorial in Claremont, CA. A tentative memorial at Indian Canyon, CA is being organized by Cassandra Freeman; please contact her for more details.

After memorial fees, all funds will be saved for distribution to a college savings plan for James OR amalgamated with other fundrasing efforts as overseen by James' legal guardian. Funds will not be distributed from this account prior to discussion between the people listed below:  Cassandra Freeman (friend and sister of Jess), Dr. Chelsey G. Armstrong (friend and Society of Ethnobiology colleague), Anna Lee (former GSC CGU member). Accounting details associated with this Go Fund Me Page is provided here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1DDTITCLepvLibCa89B8BjRLug9_TavYbBWVVNLE2mxA/edit?usp=sharing   

Thank you for honoring Jessica's memory and for your support for James.

Cassie Freeman, cassandrafreeman805 [at] gmail.com (friend and sister of Jess)
Dr. Chelsey Geralda Armstrong, cdageralda [at] gmail.com (friend and Society of Ethnobiology colleague)
Anna Lee, annamarieyu1 [at] gmail.com (former GSC CGU member)
Carrie Calisay Cannon, calisay17 [at] hotmail.com (friend and Hualapai Tribe colleague)
Sandra Mardonovich, mardons[at] miamioh.edu (friend and colleague)
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Greetings everyone,

We would like to share the following update with you:

We are currently setting up a trust account under the name "Jessica Orozco Memorial Trust" with James named as the beneficiary. We are in the process of creating a trust agreement with a lawyer, which will be registered to set up future donations for James.

There will be three trustees with this account that will make sure the money donated to this GoFundMe will be used to better James' life going forward. The three trustees will be:

Danielle Black- A longtime friend of Jessica and James
Lucinda McDade- The program director at Jessica's graduate institution (Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden)
Ingrid Jordan-Thaden- A fellow botany friend and colleague of Jessica.

Any questions or concerns regarding trust can be directed to Danielle Black (danielle.black [at] gmail.com).

Chelsey and Anna will continue to provide further updates. Details regarding the trust will be provided once the account is setup.

We intend to continue to make the process as transparent as possible for donors to this cause to support James and his future.
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$34,545 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 415 people in 5 months
Created October 30, 2018
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