Something for Kelly Foundation
Eating disorders in America are so prevalent that thousands of teenagers fall into harmful and often dangerous eating patterns every day. Some studies indicate that up to one half of all teenage girls and one third of all teenage boys try to manage their body image in unhealthy ways. Although most often manifested in teenagers, eating disorders often take root much earlier –between the ages of 6 and 12. Read more.
Motivated by her niece’s – Kelly Burk Nobbe – untimely death in 2009, Patti Geolat has created a national foundation to prevent eating disorders (ED) in children ages 6-12. Something for Kelly was launched in 2013 during the National Eating Disorders Week, February 23 – March 1st. Its mission is to empower children ages 6-12 to fight their predisposition to eating disorders. Through its programs and services, the foundation aspires to create a mindset shift in children with a predisposition to ED, assist them in recalibrating their relationship with food, and motivate them to voluntarily choose a healthier direction.
“Although we knew that Kelly was battling this monster, we could not fathom that she could go to bed one night, after what seemed like a normal day, and not wake up. The Foundation has been established to prevent this tragic and needless loss from happening to other families.”
Patti is founder and CEO of Geolat Companies, and a widely known authority on the appraisal and sale of fine jewelry. She is a published author and sought after public speaker with a distinguished reputation for excellence, confidentiality and professionalism. Patti has a Graduate Gemologist Degree from the Gemological Institute of America, is a Fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain. Patti’s professional affiliations include a 15-year term of service on the Board of Directors of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co., the jewelry industry’s leading insurer, including nine as chairman, and a one-year term as the company’s interim CEO. Currently she serves on the boards of the North Texas Crime Commission, Jewelers’ Security Alliance and the Women’s Jewelry Association. Patti lives in Dallas, TX and travels the world extensively on behalf of her distinguished clients.