Who We are and Why we “Pay It Forward”
We want to be the "CHANGE and make a DIFFERENCE" and PAY it FORWARD".
Jeff and Toni Ramsey started their version of “PAY it FORWARD” in 2005 by providing Thanksgiving dinners to Albuquerque Public School students and their families and to organizations close to their heart. The Ramsey’s wanted to do more and Ramsey Charitable Trust, Inc., was created.
The TEAM of RCTI - Pay It Forward honors our Father’s and all who serve our Country and those in need. We do the unexpected for our ARMED FORCES and THOSE IN NEED.
Ramsey Charitable Trust, Inc., is the host of many tournaments and other events throughout the year where the funds raised are distributed to areas of need. Our list of beneficiaries is long with donations being made to many deserving organizations, the bulk of the funds and items collected go to the Armed Forces such as: Vets Outreach, Kirtland AFB, Dyess AFB, Davis-Monthan AFB, homemade Hero Boxes, Bags of Compassion, Paws for Purple Hearts, Homeless Vets, DAV, Wounded Military Soldier’s ABQ, Wounded Warrior Project, Uniformed Services Disabled Retirees, and The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, to name a few.
Where do we get our “PAY it FORWARD” attitude?
Toni' father, Capt. E.L. Krapcha proudly served in the Air Force. Capt. Krapcha was on the beach and survived Pearl Harbor. Capt. Krapcha became 100% disabled and worked to ensure the Retired Disabled Military and their families received the benefits they are due. Capt. Krapcha was a member of the DAV in Albuquerque until his passing on Memorial Day in 1993. Toni helped her father with fundraisers for the disabled Vets. Jeff’s father, Capt. Arthur B. Ramsey served the Air Force in the production of historical and training films (Ramsey Productions). Capt. Ramsey's productions helped educate the military and civilians about the war. Both Capt's rest in peace at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico and are watching over us. The Ramsey’s feel very blessed, and want to continue to give back to those who FIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY and deserve so much. We also give to those in need. "One receives what One gives".
Toni was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension in 1999 with blood clots in her lungs. In 2001, she went to UCSD for a lifesaving PTE Surgery where she recovered quickly but still has PH. In 2009/2010 Jeff and Toni were building their dream home in the mountains east of Albuquerque. Toni became ill and was very close to death. With the help of her daughter Rose, Toni went through testing at New Mexico Heart Hospital and found she was in trouble. Jeff sent her medical records to Mayo Clinic, Az. where she was seen the following Monday and spent 22 days in the Intensive Care. With God’s hand and her medical team’s plan Toni survived. In July of 2016 while spending the summer with her granddaughters in Arizona, Toni suffered a brain bleed, where she was rushed to Mayo Clinic Hospital and was given a 50/50 chance of survival. Toni had a craniotomy due to brain swelling, her skull was replaced in October 2016, on the CT scan it was found Toni had an aneurysm on the other side of her brain. Toni underwent a 7 hour to clamp off the affected vein. Again Toni bounced back. Toni is a believes everything happens for a reason. She is in good spirits and fighting every day. Her illnesses neither define nor slow her down. Toni is very grateful for God’s grace in her life, for her family and friends love and prayers. She is very grateful for the team of doctors at Mayo Clinic, Az. Toni tells her story so that others may be inspired and keep going, Never ever give UP.
Jeff suffered his own serious health issues in 2012. He is also a Survivor. Jeff believes in gratitude and appreciation.
"If we are fortunate, there comes a time in our lives when an event, large or small, negative or positive, brings us the understanding that the wonderful accessories of this world are not of themselves a goal nor do we own them. They are a gift and a tool on loan to use while we journey through. It is then with humility we may begin to use the Laws of Attraction and Circulation to sharpen these tools to be turned toward the greater needs of creation, and polish this gift for its next custodian. When this is practiced one will experience the beauty and Grace in seeing, and perhaps even being, a small part of a manifestation done excellently. For it is in the simplest of tasks is found the greatest magic of God. In Gratitude and Appreciation, I am Blessed.” - Jeff –
By God’s grace we are still here and joyfully work to Pay it Forward.
Thank you for taking the time to read who we are and why we do what we do.
Jeff & Toni Ramsey
More on our team………
Theresa Gallegos & Robert Stultz
Theresa and Robertare dedicated to the Pay it Forward mission, Toni's children believe in giving back to our Armed Forces and those in need. All of us face our own struggles. We all worked and played at the Albuquerque Sportsplex before its closing in 2004, where their event planning abilities were realized. Theresa and Robert are still avid softball players.
Theresa is a has a full-time job as a property manager Theresa oversees the event coordination of Pay it Forward because of her mother’s medical condition. Theresa is also the on-site Director. Theresa is an alumnus of Sandia High School where she was a four-year cheerleader while playing softball and working at the Albuquerque Sportsplex. Theresa has an endless love of the game of Softball and Baseball.
Robert's full-time job is a maintenance and renovation supervisor for rental properties. Robert is the UIC for the Pay it Forward events. Robert is also a Director and handles any security issues. Robert also officiates the event tirelessly. Robert has been a Baseball and Softball official since his early teens at the Albuquerque Sportsplex. Robert was part of the ground crew at the Sportsplex. Robert is an alumnus of Sandia High School where he played football for 3 years. Robert has been playing baseball & softball since the age of 5 has a love for the game.
Rose (information in the works)
The Ramsey Charitable Trust PAY it FOTWARD @ 2017