Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America

Saving lives one grant at a time

Fundraising – it is key to our success and mission!

Frank presents LIPO's BIG Check in Las Vegas!


The WLSFA has a fiscal year from July – June. That is fairly typical for non profits not to use the calendar year. In any case it is this time of year our CPA counts all the beans and let us know how we did in terms of fundraising. As I reflect on this past year, I am proud of what our foundation has accomplished. I always want more, I always push for our board to think big, share the big picture and vision that was the reason we started the WLSFA. As we grow our Chapter program this coming year the true vision of a national network of care across the united states will begin to take focus. Pilot chapters are already meeting and raising funds that will in time fund grants in their neighborhood, with their doctors. Give local, Help local it is our future!


Last Fiscal year July 2010 – June 2011 we raised enough funds for Connie Baileys Full Grant!

In this fiscal year July 2011 – June 2012 we raised enough funds the following:
September 27,2011: Funded Inaugural Grant for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery – Ms. Sarah Halbrook Phoenix AZ
October 27,2011: Funded Second Weight Loss Surgery Grant – Mr. Jose Vedro FL
November 11,2011: Funded Third Weight Loss Surgery Grant – Mrs. Kimberly Grimes Plano TX
December 27,2011: Funded Fourth Weight Loss Surgery Grant – Mrs. Sheila Renda Springs Archer FL
February 16, 2012: Funded Fifth Weight Loss Surgery Full Grant – Mr. Darren King Salt Lake City UT
May 18, 2012: Funded Sixth Weight Loss Surgery Full Grant for Ms.Mandy Gray Klamath Falls OR

As we start our third Fiscal year on July 1, 2012 as an organization we have much to be proud of and much hard work to do. We have added additional fundraisers I hope you will all get involved in. If not as donors, then as cheer leaders and help us spread the word!
Here is a list of ongoing and upcoming fundraisers:
Join Team Bariatric Guru and Run in Disney World November 10,2012 – Runners take pledges to raise money for the WLSFA – DETAILS HERE

Get involved with a Local Chapter DETAILS HERE

Purchase the book THRIVING, By Connie Stapleton and you our WLS Peeps who shared your stories of triumph over Trauma! DETAILS HERE

Donate to get a Charity Charm bracelet with the WLSFA Logo – Set in Pewter it is a great ice breaker on the topic of WLS! DETAILS HERE

Support fellow WLS patient Mr. A.J. Clay’s fundraiser for the WLSFA and donate to receive his “Never Again” Bracelets or Key chains! DETAILS HERE

And yes you can always make a DONATION on your behalf, in support of a friend or loved one or in MEMORY of some no longer with us.

Lunch Attendees 2012 M & G


I know we ask a lot of our patient community in these very difficult economic times. You have amazed us and inspired us with your gifts of love to help others have life saving weight loss surgery. I read this week, over 800 Americans die every day from obesity related illness. We can not save them all but we are saving lives one grant at a time. To our corporate sponsors, THANK YOU! You have joined our network of care both with your sponsorship’s and taken the time to join us in our annual celebration and we were honored to have you all there! All of our sponsors are listed HERE I will close with a few pictures of our sponsors during the event. Our attendees this year were amazing and we hope you all plan on joining us again in 2013 May 17,18 and 19 in Las Vegas!

Celebrate Vitamin Posse!

The Allergan Posse!

Zack from Bariatric Advantage took the stage!

And last but not least yes that’s right Elvis and our 2012 Bling Off Winner!

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5 Comments

  1. I just want to keep saying thank you, thank you, thank you. There are no words to explain my gratitude for your organization. You are going to give me my sister back. Give Mandy her life back. Give her children someone who my sister and I never had… a mother who was able to do things with her kids. That right there is worth everything. Again, I am beyond grateful and I pray that others will see the amazing and noble mission you are on. You are changing lives, one grant at a time. :-)

    • Our community is amazing and together we are grateful to be able to help Mandy and hopefully many more. The hardest part for myself, is trying to make people that are not part of our WLS community care about our mission. The bias against obesity is so strong, so pervasive that many do not want to associate them selves to our cause because they are brainwashed into thinking the medical treatments for obesity are somehow a bad thing, when WE KNOW how life saving it is! We must all speak out in unison, together we can be heard and hopefully help remove some of the stigma one grant and day at a time. I look forward to the day Mandy walks in health and dances with us with ease.

  2. Ahhh.. look its me! :-) I had an amazing time and can not wait to go back next year!

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