Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Exclusive: Alana Stewart Responds to Critics of Farrah Fawcett Foundation


Alana Stewart just sent us this message:

I would like to make a few statements regarding the inquiry by The California Attorney General’s Office into the Farrah Fawcett Foundation.

First, the Farrah Fawcett Foundation welcomes any and all inquiries into the operations and management of our works and endeavors towards keeping the memory and legacy of my dear friend, Farrah Fawcett, alive. I have insisted upon transparency within the Foundation since its inception and we will remain transparent.

Secondly, I have taken on this initiative impeccably and honorably with the single goal of ensuring that Farrah’s wishes of funding alternative methods of cancer research, clinical trials, prevention and awareness were met, as well as helping people who are suffering from cancer presently. To date, the Foundation has made great strides towards meeting this objective and assisted a great many needy individuals lacking the means or wherewithal to afford proper and adequate medical attention. We will continue to do so.

Third, there has been a plethora of misinformation in the media spread by a few disgruntled ex- employees of Ms. Fawcett’s, looking to bring down the Foundation for their own self-serving and misguided needs.

Let me be clear, The California Attorney General’s Office is not looking into nor has there been any mention by them of “fraud,” “mismanagement of funds,” or “diversion of assets” by the Farrah Fawcett Foundation as has been widely and erroneously reported in the media. The story was started by Jim Vojtech for ABC News who named Gregg Lott, a convicted felon who has done prison time in Texas, as one of his sources.  Mr. Vojtech used the above wording, “fraud, etc.” which is absolutely untrue. The California Attorney General’s office is conducting a “correspondence audit”, which I understand is a relatively routine process that is typically resolved  simply by providing the information requested and once that is done, the matter is closed.
Let me state emphatically, everything has been followed to the letter of the law by myself and the employees of The Farrah Fawcett Foundation. The foundation was formed by Ms. Fawcett herself with Jane Peebles, one of the most knowledgeable and respected foundation attorneys in the state. Ms Peebles still oversees the Foundation and advises us on every transaction and the running of the Foundation. It has always been my goal to follow the wishes of Farrah and to run the Foundation professionally and to the letter of the law.
I am convinced that the correspondence audit  will prove once and for all the absence of any impropriety whatsoever, and the complete and utter integrity of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. It is my hope that people will continue to support the work of the Foundation and that they will not pay attention to false, unsubstantiated statements spread by malicious individuals.

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