The ELLA Foundation Mission Statement

The ELLA Foundation™ is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation based in San Antonio, TX. Our mission is to prevent violence
and to advocate for human rights through education, criminal justice reform, and victim advocacy.

What Did I Do?

Get to Know Charity Lee

ELLA @ Supreme Court: July 2012

Donna Ford anti-DP PSA

Scott Ford anti-DP PSA

Mary Puckett, Part 1

Mary Puckett, Part 2

Mary Puckett, Anti-DP PSA...

Trey Puckett Anti-DP Interview

Charity Lee @ Boston University

Randy Gardner at Boston University

Shujaa Graham at Boston University

Our Lady of the Lake University

Our Lady of the Lake University

ELLA's Human Rights Speech

Stop the Violence, Part 2

Stop the Violence, Part 1

KTAB Raw Footage Part 2

KTAB Raw Footage Part 1

Stop The Violence KRBC Clip

What Did I Do?

A Message From Our Executive Director

I am honored you have chosen to spend your valuable time getting to know more about this “child” born of my pain.  Please peruse our site, and if you have any questions or comments, feel free to send an email or leave a comment online.

In March of 1980 my father, James Robert Bennett Jr. was murdered in our home. My mother was subsequently arrested, charged, tried, and acquitted of murder-for-hire. Had she been found guilty, she would have been sentenced to life in prison, leaving me (for all practical purposes) an orphan at the age of 6.

In February of 2007, after convincing the babysitter to go home, my son Paris sexually assaulted, beat, choked, and stabbed his little sister Ella seventeen times. He was arrested, charged, and pled true (the juvenile equivalent of guilty) to capital murder. He was sentenced to forty years in the Texas Criminal Justice System. He was 13; Ella was 4.

The ELLA Foundation™ is the child born of my pain. Check back often for updates and information concerning the projects and progress of The ELLA Foundation™. Have faith, as I do, this child will be…almost…the most amazing I have birthed.

If you are able to make a 100% tax deductible donation, please do so on our Donate to ELLA page. All donations are used 100% for ELLA Foundation projects and activities.  I am the only “employee” of  ELLA and I pay myself no salary. ELLA is funded solely out of my own pocket and donations.

Love is the only weapon we should use to make the world a better place. The ELLA Foundation™ is my Pentagon.

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