FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2015
The Rita Langworthy Foundation, Inc.
Mother’s Murder Inspires Daughter to Create Nonprofit Foundation
Carrying on the legacy of Rita Langworthy, who sacrificed all to help at-risk children change their life trajectory.
New York, NY: When most people would be under the covers in the fetal position, after her mother’s unfathomable murder in Flint, MI, on the morning of August 10, 2015, Rita Langworthy’s daughter, Lin Randolph, longtime resident of New York, NY, was looking to make a difference. While Lin is still fighting to bring those responsible to justice, she has also turned her energies towards humanity – exactly what her mother, Rita, taught her and would have wanted.
“Rita Langworthy was a woman many of us are afraid to be. She listened to God and took up the mantle for at-risk children in Flint, Michigan. You know the ones we always complain about, but never do anything about it! She did and she lost her life doing what she loved. Now her daughter, Lin Randolph of New York City, has taken up where she left off. She’s turned a devastating event in her life into something positive. She’s created The Rita Langworthy Foundation that will help at-risk children. But, she’s taken it one step further. This Foundation will help children all over the country. First with the essentials, like food and clothing; then scholarships. These children and so many others are our future and the future of this country. We complain all the time about kids getting into trouble and committing crimes. Here was one woman who followed God’s calling to love, protect, teach, and most of all believe in children no one else believed in. As a result of her violent death, her daughter has taken up that same mantle and through The Rita Langworthy Foundation, is providing trouble youth with a new path. A path that just may inspire them to greatness.” –Kathy Adams, GA, 9/22/2015
“Rita Langworthy lived in a neighborhood where boards and bars cover windows, grass grows through sidewalks and trash litters streets. She believed it was her duty from God, her purpose in life, to change children’s lives in Flint. That mission died with the 70-year-old woman and a 1-year-old boy…when someone walked up to the house…and fired shots through a window, killing both. Seven other children in the home were uninjured. None of the children were related to Langworthy…” –Molly Young, reporter, The Flint Journal, 8/20/2015
“It wasn’t a drive-by shooting. Evidence shows someone walked up to the home and fired the fatal shots.” –Flint Police Captain Collin Birnie, 8/12/2015
“From the outside, we look at her life and say she sacrificed. To her, she wasn’t sacrificing. This was her job on Earth – this is why she was put here: to do this. She has always done everything in her power to help a child in need.” –Lin Randolph, 8/12/2015
“I am but a servant who has been given a ‘talent’ – a unique gift – for which I am responsible.” –Rita Langworthy, 11/20/2011
About The Rita Langworthy Foundation, Inc.: The Rita Langworthy Foundation provides funds to local and national nonprofit organizations that directly help at-risk children by providing food, clothing, shelter, medical assistance and educational opportunities; with the additional goals of offering mini grants to educators who serve at-risk students and scholarships to poverty level/low-income students ranging in age from kindergarten through college.
The Rita Langworthy Foundation, Inc. timeline of creation:
● August 10, 2015: Rita Langworthy murdered
● August 20, 2015: Concept formulated by Lin Randolph
● August 24, 2015: The Rita Langworthy Foundation, Inc. social media accounts launched
● Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ritalangworthyfoundation
● Twitter: https://twitter.com/ritalfoundation
● Instagram: https://instagram.com/ritalangworthyfoundation/
● September 2, 2015: The Rita Langworthy Foundation, Inc. was officially incorporated with the State of New York Department of State
● September 8, 2015: The Rita Langworthy Foundation, Inc. received its federal EIN
● September 8, 2015: The Rita Langworthy Foundation, Inc. opened its bank account at Capital One Bank
● September 9, 2015: Mazzucco & Company, CPA’s began work to complete IRC Form 1023 on behalf of The Rita Langworthy Foundation, Inc. for recognition as a federal nonprofit organization
● September 14, 2015: Curious Light web design began creating The Rita Langworthy Foundation, Inc. website
● September 15, 2015: Inaugural Board of Directors announced
● September 16, 2015: Mazzucco & Company, CPA’s completed and filed Form 1023 to the IRS on behalf of The Rita Langworthy Foundation, Inc.
● September 23, 2015: IRS determination letter received (Effective Date of Exemption: 9/23/2015)
The Rita Langworthy Foundation, Inc. is committed to ensuring Rita’s legacy doesn’t end in an unspeakably violent tragedy by continuing her mission to aid and enrich young lives. Rita’s light will continue to shine in the darkness and offer hope when it is needed most.
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