Just after the two-year death of Megan Montgomery at the hands of her ex-husband on December 1, 2019, the first donations from a fund set up by her mother and stepfather were rewarded by two local organizations.
When Megan’s husband was convicted of murder on March 31, 2021, her mother, Susann Montgomery-Clark and stepfather Rod Clark announced the formation of a charity fund to fulfill Megan’s vision to stop domestic violence before it happens. They didn’t know that interest in the cause was going to grow so quickly.
âWhen we first provided the seed funding, we hoped others would join our fight to prevent domestic violence. Montgomery, âsaid Rod Clark. âWe are now seeing the results of these countless meetings and presentations. The nonprofits learn that the Megan’s Fund exists only to help them provide prevention services and they contact us to discuss how we can help them with the funding.
Megan’s sister, Meredith Montgomery, is a counselor with a couple on Megan’s fund. She said grants from Megan’s Fund will help educate young people about the warning signs of potentially dangerous relationships.
“We are delighted to be making our first grants to the Crisis Center and the Restoration Academy with more ongoing nonprofits. We are committed to conquering evil with good,” said Montgomery.
Ty Williams, director of development and community affairs at Restoration Academy private Christian school in Fairfield, said they were honored to receive the Megan’s Fund to help their students resolve conflict and identify unhealthy relationships in our new Healthy U.
The Crisis Center also received a grant for its witness intervention program. Hosted by Cahaba Brewing Company Director John Fife on November 29, counselors Lauree Blair and Jeanna Gregory, MA, ALC trained bar staff to recognize the signs of potential drug-facilitated sexual assault and become empowered to to intervene.
Five more Megan’s Fund-sponsored sessions are scheduled for 2022. Crisis center staff also provide training to a variety of audiences throughout the year, including colleges and universities.
Megan’s mother, Susann, said that on behalf of all the young people who will benefit from this vital education, their families send their deepest gratitude to the hundreds of people who have given to the Megan’s Fund in our local community, and across the globe. Alabama and even the United States since it started.
The first fundraising event that benefited the Megan Fund was a 5K held at Homewood in October 20201. The run / walk was hosted by ERA King Real Estate in memory of Megan.
“We are so grateful to our daughter Meredith Montgomery, as well as to Johnny and Liz Montgomery for working so hard on the race and to the King family for putting so many resources into making the race such a success,” said Susann Clark.
Dear Dulaney, Director of Business Development at ERA King Real Estate, said: âWe are really touched by the outpouring of support we have received from the community with the 5K event. Megan’s family is an inspiration to all of us. They turned a horrific tragedy of death into a true lifesaving ministry. “
For more information on how to donate to Megan’s Fund or apply for a grant for your school or nonprofit, contact: www.cfbham.org/Megans-Fund.
For more on Megan’s story, read the article on her in the October issue of 280 Living here: https://280living.com/people/honoring-megans-memory/.