The founder of the organization is Marilyn Washington Harris, who lost her 18-year old son, Khadafy on my birthday - August 4th, 2000 - as he was just riding his bike in West Oakland. Ms. Harris channeled her grief into the creation of Khadafy Foundation for Non-Violence to provide support services to anyone who's lost a child or loved one to violence.
Marilyn Washington Harris
I think Sean already expressed it better than I can in his communication to me; here's what he wrote:
As the holiday season approaches, this will not be a merry time for everyone, including the now 102 Oakland families that have lost a family member to homicide. The Khadafy Foundation for Non-Violence, which exists to help these families through their loss, bereavement and after, is hosting a Holiday breakfast Friday, December 18th at the House of Chicken & Waffles in 444 Embarcadero.
The House of Chicken & Waffles is being so generous that they are picking up the entire cost of the breakfast so 100% of your $25 ticket for breakfast will go towards the Khadafy Foundation's work with these victimized families and is tax deductible.
This moving breakfast also serves as a way for businesses with smaller budgets than past years to treat staff out during the holidays without the high cost of a holiday party.
Whatever your situation, I hope you can join us.
Warm Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season,
Here's a map showing the House of Chicken & Waffles' location at 444 Embarcadero in Oakland:
View Khadafy Foundation Oakland in a larger map
Please come on Friday morning.