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The Harvey Family Offers Largest Match in ASF History

November 21, 2022

The Harvey Family Offers Largest Match in ASF History

As we come closer to Giving Tuesday, ASF is excited to announce we will yet again have a donation match. Through the generosity of the Harvey family, donations will be matched up to $100,000. That means we can raise $200,000 in a single day!

The Harvey family has been affiliated with ASF for 25 years. Their legacy of philanthropy was instilled long ago by Fred and Marietta Harvey who contributed to their community and to many organizations, including ASF.

Dan Harvey, Fred and Marietta’s son, has an adult son with Angelman syndrome. Matt was diagnosed in 1996, and the connections and family support from the community inspired him to get involved with ASF.

Dan has dedicated his life to serving the AS community. He has served multiple terms on the ASF Board of Directors, served as the ASF Scientific Advisory Chair and has served on the Scientific Advisory Committee since its inception.
He continues to guide the future trajectory of AS research, clinical trials and clinical care. 

“I would like my legacy to be that I’ve done everything I can do to help the community get from the stage where we knew so little to the stage of providing individuals with AS a different future,” Dan said.

Combining his industry experience in drug development and his vision for the science, research and future of AS therapeutics and a cure for Angelman syndrome, Dan was a key critical member of the task force in 2010 that worked to
establish the ASF’s research strategic plan that has been so successfully defined and implemented.

“Dan’s experiences as a father to an adult son with AS, his scientific knowledge, his industry experience and his passion to individuals with AS and their families have all been pivotal to advancing AS research to where we are today,” said Eileen Braun, who served as Executive Director for ASF from 2002 to 2019. “It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with Dan Harvey over the past 20 years.”

The philanthropic legacy continues with Dan’s daughter, Michelle Martin. Inspired by her brother Matt, she became a special education teacher. She is also involved with ASF as a sibling advocate and is honored to work alongside her parents to further ASF’s mission.

“I am most proud of their steadfastness in being involved with ASF, regardless of the capacity,” Michelle said of her parents. In honor of the Harvey family, ASF is asking its community to come together on Giving Tuesday to help support everyone on the AS journey.

Ways to give:

  1. Setup a fundraising page on the ASF website or Facebook. Use it to ask friends and family for support. 
  2. Donate online.
  3. Or sign up to volunteer in some way.

“We are so grateful to the Harvey family for the multiple years in which they have given their time, talents and treasures to ASF,” said Amanda Moore, CEO of Angelman Syndrome Foundation. “They are a great example of how a family can come together to impact a community.”