Our Mission

The Big Rick Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children in our community. We carry out this mission by providing supplemental funding to local youth organizations, school programs and through our academic scholarship program.




About Us

The Big Rick Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. We were founded on the belief that our family run charity can keep the spirit of Rick Bailey Sr. (Big Rick) alive while raising much needed funds for the youth based charities we support. Rick was a loving husband and father and was a friend to many within and outside the San Leandro community. He worked countless hours as a volunteer for many youth organizations and also provided financial assistance for less fortunate families, simply out of the kindness of his heart. We lost Rick in March 2009, but his spirit continues to shine brightly on all the lives he touched. The Big Rick Foundation provides supplemental funding for various youth organizations throughout the east bay. We have learned that many of these groups are in desperate need funding and we are always expanding our reach. Additionally, we provide academic scholarships to underprivileged college and high school students. There are no administrative costs associated with our charity, so every dollar raised goes directly to making a positive impact in the lives of the children and communities we support.

Giving Back


During the past four years, the Big Rick Foundation has raised over $100,000 and given back to the community by supporting all of the following organizations/charities:
  • Awarded multiple academic scholarships
  • Arroyo High School
  • Alameda Boys & Girls Club
  • Moreau High School
  • World Vision
  • St. Felicitas School
  • Toys for Tots
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, San Francisco Chapter
  • Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation
  • Adopt A Family

Additionally, we have awarded multiple academic scholarships to deserving high school and college aged students. This year, in addition to the charities we currently support, we are adding a Trunk or Treat program, a safe Halloween experience. We are excited to part of a safe alternate Halloween experience for the kids!

Meet Elijah

Elijah Dasilva was born August 26, 2012, with Cerebral Palsy, weighing only one pound with hydrocephalus and a level IV interventricular hemorrhage.  Cerebral Palsy is a blanket term commonly referred to as “CP” and described by loss or impairment of motor function, cerebral palsy is actually caused by brain damage. The brain damage is caused by brain injury or abnormal development of the brain that occurs while a child’s brain is still developing — before birth, during birth, or immediately after birth. Cerebral Palsy affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning.

For Elijah, this meant a ten-month stay at the NICU at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, Elijah was surrounded by the love of his family, especially his mother Lauren and Grandfather Alan Rasof, who were never far from their miracle prince.  The experience of their family throughout this time set alight a flame of strength within them.

Now approaching his 3rd birthday, Elijah, is currently undergoing stem cell therapy treatment. The treatments have given Elijah an opportunity to speak and eat food by mouth, an opportunity he otherwise wouldn’t have had. Since stem cell research is still awaiting patent approval in the United States Elijah’s medical insurance does not cover it. This poses a problem for the family as the miracle treatments are quite costly.

The Big Rick Foundation has teamed up with Alan Rasof to raise much needed funds and awareness for Elijah’s fight against Cerebral Palsy. A series of fund raising events hosted by Mr. Rasof are being planned for various cities throughout the United States. The first event is scheduled for September, 2015 in Hollywood Florida; details to follow.

To help Elijah and other battling with the crippling disease, you can make a donation today simply by clicking on the “donate” button. The donation can be made through your PayPal account or by credit card. Recurring monthly donations are available and deeply appreciated. On behalf of Elijah, Lauren and Alan, the Big Rick Foundation thanks you for your support.

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Scholarship Program

2015 PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Now in the fourth year of the Academic Scholarship program, we are proud to announce we will again offer multiple scholarships to eligible candidates. The scholarships are available to high school and college students.

ELIGIBILITY
  1. 1. Applicant must reside in Alameda or Contra Costa County, California, USA.

  2. 2. Applicant must be between the ages of 13 and 24 years old.

  3. 3. Applicant must be enrolled full time in an accredited private high school or any accredited College (Community, State, and University). For college students, full time is defined as taking 12 units.

  4. 4. Applicant must show proof of a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

HOW TO APPLY
  1. 1. Student applying for scholarship must submit a typed or hand written request (no minimum words required) to the Big Rick Foundation. Simply explain why you should be considered for a scholarship. Include a return address, telephone number and email address. Send to: Big Rick Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 62, San Leandro, CA, 94577 or email to: rusty@bigrickfoundation.org

  2. 2. All written requests must be received by July 31, 2015.

  3. 3. All applicants will be notified when receipt of scholarship request is received.

  4. 4. Applicants will be evaluated by the scholarship committee and might be contacted for additional information.


SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

All scholarship recipients will be notified by August 31, 2015. The scholarship award will be paid on the recipient’s behalf directly to the school they are attending.


Contact Us

Big Rick Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 62
San Leandro, CA, 94577
925-487-8660


Lynnette Bailey
Co-founder/CEO
Rusty Bailey
Executive Director
Jenna Bailey
Donation Director
Diane Pryor
Scholarship Director