It is with great sorrow that No More Poverty and its cofounders Dr. Michael Omidi and his brother Julian Omidi mourn the loss of Charles E. Santacrose, President and Cofounder of the charity Charitable Endowment Support (CES7). Santacrose will be remembered at a memorial service in Sun Valley, California on Saturday, September 14 and in lieu of flowers, donations to CES7 are encouraged.
No More Poverty, its co-founders Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi along with their mother Cindy Omidi sadly recognize the loss of their friend and charitable partner Charles E. Santacrose, President and Founder of Charitable Endowment Support (CES7) who passed away on August 30, 2013 at the age of 60.
In the last year, No More Poverty and CES7 cooperatively sponsored two medical missions to help disadvantaged people in the Philippines by providing free medical care. Operations for Hope is a new joint humanitarian program that will build upon the success of these missions, sending more life-saving medical teams to third world countries around the globe.
“I remember Charles, waiting for us outside the operatories after long cases with the brightest smile and a strong high five. He would remind us about the good we were doing, the distance the patients traveled to get to us, the despair they had, and the gratitude they have now. He was a good man with a good heart and will be missed.” according to Dr. Michael Omidi, co-founder of No More Poverty. “Together our charities have been able to do tremendous things and we look forward to carrying on that tradition of good and meaningful work in his memory. Charles was an exceptional human being who will be sorely missed.”
Santacrose’s true passion was the charity, Charitable Endowment Support (CES7) he co-founded with Yolanda Abaca in 2011 with the intent of providing orphaned, abandoned, disadvantaged and destitute children and their caregivers throughout the world with a full spectrum of assistance. “The CES7 team is truly heartbroken to have lost Charles during this eventful period where we have been a part of such a hugely successful humanitarian effort. Charles was pleased that CES7 had brought healing to so many, many people.” says David Mohr, President of CES7. “Our relationship with No More Poverty and the Omidi family is precious to us and our extraordinary ability to work well together in cooperative missions will continue.” More information about the charity Charles directed with great diligence and compassion can be found at http://www.ces7.org. Santacrose was extremely proud of the organization’s many accomplishments.
Santacrose was born on January 29, 1953 in Johnson City, New York and lived in up-state New York for many years. He worked in the construction industry in New York and Colorado, finally settling in Los Angeles in 2000, where he worked as a field recruiter for Nielsen Research.
A good man and great friend to many, Santacrose was always generous with his time, helping friends and rarely asking for anything in return. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 14 at 3 pm in the Chapel of Grace Community Church, 13248 Roscoe Blvd, Sun Valley, CA 91352. A reception in Room G130 will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, Santacrose would prefer that friends and loved ones donate to CES7, the charity to which he was so devoted. Donations can be made online at http://www.ces7.org or mailed to CES7 at 7900 Casaba Avenue, Winnetka, CA 91306. The Omidi family is pleased to provide for the memorial service of their friend so that all other donations can benefit CES7 charity.
No More Poverty (http://www.nmp.org) is a not-for-profit charity organization (with a pending 501(c)3 application) founded by brothers Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi. The organization seeks to end poverty at home and abroad by supporting the efforts of like-minded charities and agencies. Current efforts are focused on increasing awareness of and donations to charities already doing great work to address poverty and its staggering effects throughout the world. The plan is to expand our activities to include fostering business development and job creation in disenfranchised areas.
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