Welcome to Amy’s Kisses
A Message from Our Founder:
Amy was my one and only sibling. She was my parents’ first-born baby girl. My parents were always so proud of Amy and all of her many accomplishments. I cannot believe this nightmare of a story about my dear sister, niece and nephew belongs to me and my family.
Amy Jo Perez was an exceptional woman. Her bright blue eyes, loving smile and warm heart made her family and friends want to be around her. Amy was such a loving, doting mother to her two precious children, Molly and Gregory. She sacrificed her needs for their well-being and happiness. Molly and Gregory were two adorable, healthy children who were just beginning to get a taste of all that life had to offer. Gregory was an athletic 8 year-old little boy who loved playing and learning about sports, especially baseball. Molly was a fashionable, 10 year-old social butterfly who was an avid reader, just like her mom. Not only was Amy a selfless mother, she was extremely intelligent and hard-working as well. Amy attended Haverford High School, where she graduated first in her class. Then she went on to college at Cornell University, where Amy graduated cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Amy continued her education at the Wharton School of Business, where she received her MBA. But Amy chose to leave her lucrative position at Chase Bank in New York to stay at home and raise her two little babies.
As Molly and Gregory got a bit older, Amy began working as a tutor to high school students studying for the SAT. She excelled in this position. Children from the local high schools would request Amy’s services because her students produced outstanding test results. Amy was in the process of opening up her own business with a partner to pursue this career when the unimaginable happened.
On October 18, 2011, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Amy, Molly and Gregory’s lives were tragically cut short at the hands of Amy’s soon-to-be ex-husband and the children’s father. He brutally beat Amy to death and shot Molly and Gregory while they slept peacefully in their beds. My sister’s house was immediately turned into a crime scene. Amy, Molly and Gregory were taken away from us in an instant. My parents’, children’s and my life would never be the same again.
Amy, Molly and Gregory’s memory is cherished by their family, friends and students every day. In particular, we hope Amy’s unique way of praising her students’ success by tossing them a chocolate candy from the candy bowl that sat on her desk where she tutored, will live on for years to come.
The pain my parents and I are experiencing is overwhelming and unbearable. We are starting this non-profit to try and deal with our sadness and to keep Amy, Molly and Gregory’s beautiful memory alive. The purpose of Amy’s Kisses is to raise money for a cause that was near and dear to Amy…education. Our goal is to donate money to low income students who would like to pursue a college education, but would not have had the opportunity without a little “kiss” from Amy!
Founder of Amy’s Kisses
Our Mission: Established in 2012 by family and friends in loving memory of Amy Jo Perez and her children, Molly and Gregory, Amy’s Kisses is a non-profit 501(c) (3) Foundation dedicated to enriching the lives and education of students with financial need.
Our Beneficiaries: Amy’s Kisses celebrates her generosity of spirit and her commitment to academic excellence. Your tax deductible donation to Amy’s Kisses benefits Haverford and John Jay High Schools, the Cornell University Annual Fund for Student Aid, and Philadelphia Futures, providing Philadelphia’s high-potential, low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. Click here for more information about Philadelphia Futures.