Mission: We honor the memory of Jane Gerlach-Booge by partnering with student athletes in furthering their education. And to provide financial support to cancer stricken families who are experiencing the devastating out of pocket costs of fighting breast cancer.
Vision: To grow our permanent endowment fund to a level that will sustain student scholarships in perpetuity, and to continue to provide financial help to families that are experiencing the financial strain of fighting breast cancer.
Jane Gerlach Booge attended Downingtown High School from 1982 to 1984 and was a member of the Girls’ Tennis team. Her quiet confidence and positive attitude took her to numerous championship matches including Districts and States. Jane was well known off the court for her compassion and friendship to many. After graduating from Penn State, she cared for the children of many families in Chester County as the Director of the Chesterbrook Academy in Lionville, PA. Jane later worked as an Instructional Aide at Uwchlan Hills Elementary School.
A mother of three, Jane was an active, vibrant woman who always smiled. Although she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at age 44, she was steadfast and courageous, never complaining about her illness. Instead, Jane bravely faced her cancerous foe the same way she played on the tennis courts – quietly and confidently intending to dismantle her opponent.
On September 23, 2012, at age 47, Jane took her last breath here on Earth and her first in Heaven.
About the Fund
In February 2012, as Jane Gerlach Booge bravely fought breast cancer, her son’s Ice Hockey team attempted to send her a basket of flowers. However, she graciously declined the offer, asking instead to “use the money for the boys.” Thus, the Sweet Jane’s Wish Foundation was established in her memory.
Sweet Jane’s Wish Foundation has granted over $81,000 in scholarship awards for 2 Girls Tennis Scholarships and 2 Ice Hockey Scholarships at Downingtown East and Downingtown West High Schools to seniors who will be continuing on to higher education.
We also financially support local families facing a breast cancer diagnosis through grants to the Living Beyond Breast Cancer Sis B Golder fund and the Chester County Hospital SHiNE fund. To date Sweet Jane’s Wish Foundation has contributed $18,000 to these funds to support breast cancer patients who are experiencing the devastating, out of pocket expenses of fighting this terrible disease, that are not covered by traditional insurance.
For more information and photos, please visit: www.sweetjaneswish.com.
Click here to view 2022 acknowledgement letter from Living Beyond Breast Cancer for SJW donation of $2,000.
Click here to view 2022 acknowledgement letter from Chester County Hospital Shine foundation for SJW donation of $2,000.
Twelfth Annual Golf Outing
Monday, September 11, 2023
Downingtown Country Club
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Congratulations to our 2023 Scholarship Recipients!
Alie Bogusch, Kathryn Dempsey, Kyra Staz, Sean Woods
Payton Beaver, Kaitlyn Fisher, Anthony Florkowski, Ryan Romano
Mia Thelander, Emma Pannetti, Charlie Cliggett, Ryan Prestayko
Michael Bolger, Sean Barron, Allie Campbell, Grace Yatcilla
Victoria Christian, Jordan Guistwhite, Alexa Nush, Elyse Burch
Hannah Claffey, Maanassa Govindarajula, Carly Kloss & Joseph Leah
Drew Barron, Maddie Beauregard, Laura Ochsner & Rachel Warner
Connor Leahy, Katie Stueve, Aine Droese & Sindhu Parupalli
May 2023 -Downingtown West Picture from left: Coach, Brett Mackell, parent, Kim Venzie, scholarship recipient, Thomas Venzie, parent, Jeffrey Venzie, Coach, Ben Weston
May 8th, 2023: Full Press Release
Call 610-551-7200 if you have any questions.
Donate by sending a check made payable to:
Sweet Jane’s Wish Foundation Fund, c/o CCCF
28 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19380