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Arleen LaBella Education Fund

Arleen joined the BBW board in early 2011. She was motivated to join after learning of the efforts being made by its two co-founders to encourage and support the children at Phan Thiet Children's Center. This included staying in school, working hard to get good grades, and dreaming beyond the very limited future they had come to accept. 


Arleen took BBW to a significantly higher level of accomplishment through her creativity, drive, and untiring fundraising work. Although she was never able to visit the children in Vietnam, they captured her heart.  Their dreams became her dreams.  She became absorbed in their  individual stories, challenges and aspirations -- and committed herself to their accomplishment.


BBW is forever grateful for Arleen's dedication and deep commitment to our mission: "A chance for a child -- a win for the world."  We think that there is no greater way to honor her memory and keep that promise alive than through the Arleen LaBella Education Fund.  The spirit of both will live on.


To donate to the Arleen LaBella Education Fund, click on the Donate button to the left. Or, you may donate by check, made payable to Big Big World Project, Inc., sent c/o Sue Kersbergen, 17 Weather Wood Drive Arden, NC  28704


Sharing your kind words …


Arleen was one of the most beautiful, generous, thoughtful and kindest human being I have ever met. The world is a sadder place without her. I certainly am.  My love to Dennis and the family.


This donation is in memory of Arleen Labella who will be sorely missed from this world. Our paths crossed while working on a business deal a few years ago and she was an inspiration to many people including myself. Rest in peace Arleen - we love you.


Although my connection to Arleen and Dennis is brief ,it was clear to me that Arleen was a woman of gentleness, warmth, kindness, concern for others and intellectual curiosity. Her generosity of spirit was special as was her relationship with dear Dennis. I am so very sorry for the loss of her to the world. I send love.


We love you and will miss you tremendously. Your indomitable spirit is an inspiration to all. Our hearts and prayers are with Dennis and the family.


In loving memory of our dear and sweet Arleen. Thoughts and prayers to you Dennis, Colin, Alison & Elda.


Thoughts and prayers to Dennis and children.


In memory of a gracious and considerate training partner, a creative and generous colleague and a good friend.


In memory of Arleen, a special person who was unusually warm and so genuine with everyone. She will always have a special place in my heart.


Arleen, we will miss you dearly. Your spirit will live on through your dear family, circle of friends and the many lives you have touched through your work and service. Thank you for shining your beautiful light on me...and on the world!


It is with a heart heavy with sadness and love that I make this contribution in honor of a treasured friend who, really, always shone as one of the best people in this world. Her compassion and dedication linger in our memories.


My thoughts and prayers to Dennis, Colin and Alison. The world has lost an amazing woman but her spirit will surely live on in all those she touched. What an amazing woman. Feeling so blessed to have known her and so sad at the same time. All my love.

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