WLSFA Fact Sheet
The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America is also referred to as WLSFA
The WLSFA is the only nonprofit organization in the US funding grants for weight loss surgery and reconstructive surgery after weight loss.
Corporation Time Line:
April 26, 2010: Incorporated in the State of California
June 20,2010: WLSFA becomes Fiscally Sponsored Program of BLIS Foundation a 501(c) 3 Non Profit.
October 14,2011: The WLSFA Received it’s IRS Determination Letter to become a 501 (c) 3 Non Profit.
December 1, 2012: Carnie Wilson joins the WLSFA as National Ambassador of Hope
October 17, 2013: Lisa Lampanelli joins the WLSFA as National Ambassador of Hope
February 25, 2014: Launch of Bristol Connecticut Hospital Exclusive Agreement – WLSFA Central Connecticut Chapter
WLSFA Grants Program:
March 23,2011: Funded Inaugural Grant for Weight Loss Surgery – Mrs. Connie Bailey Dallas TX
September 27,2011: Funded Inaugural Grant for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery – Ms. Sarah Halbrook Phoenix AZ
August 15,2011: Launch Grant Referral Program – Allowing Bariatric and Plastic Surgeons to Refer their patients.
October 4,2011: Launched Emergency Grant Program for time sensitive partial Grant Requests.
October 27,2011: Funded Third Weight Loss Surgery Grant – Mr. Jose Vedro FL
November 11,2011: Funded Forth Weight Loss Surgery Grant – Mrs. Kimberly Grimes Plano TX
December 27,2011: Funded Fifth Weight Loss Surgery Grant – Mrs. Sheila Renda Springs Archer FL
January 13, 2012: Launched WLSFA Region Chapter Program First Chapters located in AL,CA, OR, UT
February 16, 2012: Funded Sixth Weight Loss Surgery Grant – Mr. Darren King Salt Lake City UT
August 22, 2012: Funded Seventh Weight Loss Surgery Grant – Ms. Mandy Gray Portland, OR
January 28, 2013: Funded Eighth Weight Loss Surgery Grant – Ms. Jackie Jackson Louisville, KY
May 31, 2013: Funded Ninth Weight Loss Surgery Grant – Ms. Trudy Davis, Idaho
September 25, 2013: Funded Tenth Weight Loss Surgery Grant – Ms. Shanta Failey North Charleston, South Carolina
December 1, 2013: Funded Eleventh Weight Loss Surgery Grant – Ms. Ronda Bauwens December 17th 2013 Lenexa KS
April 4, 2014: Twelfth Weight Loss Surgery Grant – Ms. Gina Buckingham Dallas Texas – Surgery Date TBA
April 4, 2014: Thirteenth Weight Loss Surgery Grant – Ms. Heather Hooker Shreveport Louisianan – Surgery Date TBA
Annual Fundraising Event:
Mother of All Meet & Greets Hosted in Las Vegas Nevada May the first three years.
May 13,14,15 2011 Palace Station Hotel and Casino- First Annual Fundraising event
May 18,19,20 2012 BALLY’S Hotel and Casino – Second Annual Fundraising event
May 17,18,19 2013 BALLY’S and Paris Hotel And Casino – Third Fundraising event
April 4, 5 & 6 2014 Mother of All Meet & Greets Marriott Hotel Tampa Florida
April 7,8,9,10 & 11 2014 Mother of All Cruises Tampa Florida to Caribbean aboard the Brilliance of The Seas
Upcoming 2015 National Fundraiser event TBA
Send email to Info@wlsfa.org