ray of light foundation

what is the ray of light foundation?​

Before his passing, Raymond knew he wanted his parents to continue helping children and families in need, particularly those who were battling with cancer. His parents set up The Ray of Light Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit to continue Ray's legacy of warmth and generosity by providing benevolent assistance to those in need in Middle Tennessee. 

Vision:  Community before Self


Mission Statement:  The Ray of Light Foundation strives to inspire, educate, and bring joy to others by building community partnerships, mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors to assist families in need, especially those affected by childhood cancer.   In doing so, we honor the life of Raymond M. Cruz, whose unending light taught us the value of community before self through the art of giving.

ray of light's programs

Ray of Light Foundation currently has several programs and on-going fundraising events:

1. Monthly donations of snack and Kroger gift cards to the children and parents currently being treated for cancer at the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.  Donations can be ordered by Amazon Wish List "Ray of Light" https://amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/88ROCSVQ9HW1/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_2?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist

or drop off at 401 Maplewood Drive Franklin Tn 37064  

2. Shine Your Light Youth Vocal Competition: In 2019, Ray of Light, in conjunction with Williamson County Parks and Recreation, held the first ever Shine Your Light Youth Vocal Competition. The competition was held at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center in Franklin, Tennessee. Children and teens competed in front of an audience and panel of celebrity judges and a winner was chosen from each division to receive prizes. A portion of the funds raised from ticket sales and participation fee's were donated to the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Please see event page for details. 


how can i help?

If you are interested in donating to Ray of Light Foundation please click the donate button above or contact us to see find out our current needs.

ray of light foundation Board

President: LaToya Murdock

Secretary: Tash Wells
Treasurer: Laurie Kamunen
Board Members: Phillip Peters & Jessica Tucker

Ray of Light Foundation Board Members
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