JASON R. BARON
"The purpose of The Chelly Foundation is to help bring about positive changes in people’s lives through literacy, education and other means."
I started this Foundation to keep alive the creative and generous spirit of my Mother. Selma "Chelly" Baron spent the better part of her life assisting others in getting along better, starting with her time as an occupational therapist, and continuing through her important work volunteering with the Massachusetts M.S. Society.
My Mom was an accomplished amateur actress, a creative artist in many media (clay, jewelry, etc.) and a successful businesswoman, in addition to being a good Mom. She was a lifelong, passionate reader of books. She also was an enthusiast for new experiences, which in addition to biplane riding and going on safari, included teaching herself and her son at an early age how to sail and how to horseback ride. She did not let a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis slow her down in accomplishing her goals, and she remained an optimistic person through her final illness
The idea for a project in Cambodia was inspired by the remarkable story of Nan Nop, who was one of my Mother’s last caretakers. Based on what Nan told me about her village, I wished to make a modest effort in improving the education of children there, through the funding of a library, and through a scholarship fund to enable girls to receive a University education.
I know that had my Mother lived on, she would have been delighted to travel to Cambodia herself, and to help children in the village in any way possible. I am hopeful that her spirit lives on through the efforts of the Foundation.
- Jason R. Baron