About the Foundation

Who is Decky?

Declan is an inspirational young man with a contagious smile and a huge heart. He also has Mowat-Wilson syndrome. Decky’s altruism is what makes him truly exceptional. Declan is patient, he is kind. He does not envy, he does not boast, he is not proud. Decky does not dishonor others, he is not self-seeking. Everyone who meets Decky is blessed in countless ways, and those involved in this foundation are no exception. It is our mission to positively impact the lives of individuals with disabilities through service and support.

Declan embodies the meaning of the Hebrew word, Arukah, or complete healing or restoration of the mind, body, and spirit. Decky is the inspiration behind this foundation, his spirit and essence will remain a focus of its work, and it has been dedicated to him.

Our Current Programs

Shop with Decky's Heroes

This is an annual event that takes place during the Christmas season. Children and adults receiving services for intellectual and developmental disabilities receive funds to spend at Fred Meyer to purchase things they need or want. The goal of this program is to ease stress and financial burden and bring Decky's spirit to the holiday season.

Declan's Rainy Day Fund

The Foundation is currently working on the specifics of this program. The vision is to provide funds to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the year when something essential is needed for their quality of life and independence. If you know someone in need, please reach out to the Foundation.

Declan Reed Benenati Scholarship Fund

We are currently accepting applications for the graduating class of 2024. They are due 04/21/2024. The scholarship will provide funds to one graduating high school student from each local area high school. 

Oregon:  Astoria, Warrenton, Seaside, Knappa, Jewell

Washington:  Ilwaco, Naselle

Other Community Projects

The Declan Reed Benenati Foundation is dedicated to positively impacting its community. The Foundation will conduct other community service projects as needs arrive. 

Board Members

Kimberly Barnes-Beckham, President

Tina Barnes, Vice President

Rachel Barnes, Secretary

Rebekah Barnes, Treasurer

Ron Barnes, Public Relations Liaison

DRB Certificate of Existence.pdf