Leigh and Benjamin DeMarco’s Britsionary Fundraising Page
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Leigh and Benjamin DeMarco’s Britsionary Fundraising Page
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Hello Friends and Family,

Benjamin and I are very excited to be traveling to Haiti as Britsionarys with the Be Like Brit Foundation this June. We are lucky enough to be traveling with a group of friends from Westford with the common goal of helping the children and families of Haiti by building homes and supporting their community.

We have created this fundraising page to help cover the cost of our Britsionary trip (lodging/food/transportation/insurance/etc.) until we have reached the total amount due for our trip. Once we have reached this amount, any additional donations will go directly to a Be Like Brit general fund to support the children at Brit's home.

Thank you for your interest in our mission!



ABOUT Britsionary Program2

Donations support one of the following:

Britsionarys in need of financial support:

Britsionarys who cannot afford the cost of the trip alone, can use our pages to ask family and friends for financial support. Donations help to cover the cost of the Britsionary's trip (lodging/food/transportation/insurance/etc.) until they have reached their total amount due for their trip. Once they have reached this amount, any additional donations will go directly to a Be Like Brit general fund to support the children at Brit's Home.

Fundraising for the children at BLB:

Britsionarys who are paying for the entire trip themselves, can choose to fundraise for the children at Brit's Home and support our mission. All donations will go directly to a Be Like Brit general fund to support the children at Brit's Home.

Any donations/payments raised over the total amount due for the Britsionary's trip, will go to Brit's Home to support the children who live there.


What does it mean to be a “Britsionary”? Being a Britsionary means different things to everyone, but in essence it means you are continuing the compassion of Britney Gengel. Britsionarys travel to Haiti and work side-by-side with Haitian workers and interact with the children at BLB - to achieve a common goal - to fulfill Britney's last wish to help the children of Haiti.

Our Britsionarys have diverse backgrounds, experiences, and skills yet they are able to work together to help bring hope to the children of  Brit's Home. In our past trips, we have had students, nurses, social workers, teachers, mothers and sons, fathers and daughters - and everyone has played an essential role in building Brit's Home and making our children feel deserving of love. We have also been blessed to have skilled tradespeople such as carpenters, plumbers, and electricians donate their time and teach their Haitian counterparts their skills and techniques. 

Our Britsionary Program was created to provide an opportunity for volunteers to gain a better understanding of global partnerships and cultures. Short-term Britsionary groups take a 1 week service trip to Brit's Home in Haiti, to help with youth and community outreach projects and immerse themselves in the beautiful Haitian culture. This program gives young adults an opportunity to enhance their understanding of poverty and development while also broadening their global perspective. For non-medical Britsionarys, the mornings are spent building a home for a family in need in our community, and the afternoons are spent doing programatic activities with the children (field trips, coloring, games, learning activities, etc.). For medical Britsionarys, the mornings and some afternoons are spent working in the BLB or local public clinic, and the remaining time is spent with the children and the Britsionary group.


About Be Like Brit

In many ways, Britney Gengel of Rutland Massachusetts was a typical 19-year-old young woman, but her humor, passion and deep sense of caring for those less fortunate made her memorable to all who met her. It was her compassion for others that brought Britney to Haiti on January 11, 2010, just a day before a catastrophic earthquake claimed an estimated 230,000 lives and rocked the small, poverty-stricken country. Britney had spent the day visiting a Haitian orphanage where she and fellow students of Lynn University, met the Haitian orphans they had traveled so far to help. Just a few hours later, Britney, three of her fellow students, and two Lynn University professors lost their lives in the rubble of the Hotel Montana in Port-Au-Prince. Britney was missing for 33 days before her remains were recovered.

Fortunately, Britney’s dream did not die with her. Only hours before the earthquake, Britney sent a text message to her family that read:

“They love us so much and everyone is so happy. 
They love what they have and they work so hard to get nowhere, yet they are all so appreciative. I want to move here and start an orphanage myself.”
- Britney Gengel, 3 hours before the earthquake

These forty words would sustain Britney’s family through the tragedy and, ultimately, serve as the driving force behind the establishment of Be Like Brit and the decision to build an orphanage in Grand Goâve for the children of Haiti. 

Our Mission: Our commitment is to continue the compassion of Britney Gengel by serving the children of Haiti and sustaining a safe, nurturing home, rooted in the virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love, while developing a sense of social responsiblity, community involvement, and unconditional love.
Our Vision: To raise the next generation of leaders in Haiti.

Be Like Brit Foundation, Inc. is an official U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, tax ID #27-1857525.

Name Date Amount Comments
Greg Orpen 06/16/2019 $150.00 Proud of both of you! Love, Greg, Mairead, Jack, Owen, and Kelly
Gina Bushey 02/09/2019 $50.00 What a great opportunity! Good luck and safe travel! We will be thinking of you, Gina & Leah
Melissa Rawlins 02/05/2019 $100.00  
Chandler Fritz 02/04/2019 $50.00  
Peter Foti 01/30/2019 $50.00  
John Burkholder 01/28/2019 $100.00 So proud of you guys! Great cause. Really classy.
Anonymous Friend 01/28/2019 $400.00 Kale Salad & Chicken Fried Sushi front yard stand fund raiser!
Pam Busbee 01/17/2019 $250.00 So proud of you both!!!! XOXO
Erin Stabach 01/09/2019 $100.00 Safe Journey L and B!! No doubt you will leave your Hatian family full of light and love ❤️
Rosemary DeMarco 01/08/2019 $25.00 Good luck! What a wonderful thing to do!
Dominic Sestito 01/08/2019 $50.00 Enjoy the trip, time together and for a good cause.
Leigh DeMarco 01/07/2019 $540.00 Wilson Pie Fundraiser!
Susanne Duato 01/07/2019 $100.00 Great experience and such important work! Happy to support you guys! Xoxo
Silicon Valley Community Foundation 12/17/2018 $5,000.00 Donation from Kristin Ralls :)
  Total $6,965.00  
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