Jonathan Krist of New Hope was a gifted musician, a young man who wanted to make a difference in his world using his creativity and his caring heart. When he died in an accident in 2006 at just 19, his parents, Peggy and Bob, knew that the brightness of spirit that had shone in him should not be extinguished. They talked with their friends and family, met with Jonathan’s friends and classmates, and together found ways to make Jonathan’s impact extend past his short allotment of years on earth.
One of these has been the notecards featuring scenes from the central Bucks County river town of New Hope shot by Jonathan’s dad, acclaimed international photographer Bob Krist. Proceeds from our company’s purchase of these notecards, as a gift to our Saturn customers acknowledging the loss of their nameplate last year, have supported the work of the Jonathan D. Krist Foundation and its Box of New Hope program. This effort sends boxes of items, including musical instruments and school supplies, to communities in need of a bit of hope.
Peggy Krist stopped by during Saturn Week in May, which was held to welcome Saturn owners to the Saturn Service Center at the Fred Beans Chevrolet store. She dropped off more of Jonny’s Box of New Hope cards and met general manager Mark Donahue and, by chance, Jack Bernstein of Buckingham, owner of several Saturns including his latest, a 2008 Aura XR. It was a pleasure to hear her talk of Jonny, his strong spirit and the amazing impact the Jonathan D. Krist Foundation has had on so many people.
The foundation also awards scholarships, which are named to honor someone. Twelve students have received need-based awards of $5000 each since 2006, with one of the 2010 scholarships given in Beth Beans Gilbert’s name. But this year, because of the notecards we purchased, three additional students joined the “Jonny Scholars” through special $1000 recognition awards in music and environmental studies.
To learn more and find out how you can help, go to http://www.jonathankrist.org/.