Father Ken’s Vineyard, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt California corporation founded by members of the St. Bede grammar school class of 1968. St. Bede Church and School are located in La Canada, CA, a suburb of Pasadena, the latter of Rose Parade and Bowl fame.
The federal tax identification number for the corporation is 47-2213498.
The purpose of the nonprofit is to provide a place of support for classmate Father Ken Deasy, whose life work is serving as a parish priest with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The class experienced the spirit of his influence on St. Agatha Catholic Church in Los Angeles during a reunion in its parish hall. Father Ken revived the impoverished parish, reopened a school, founded Camp Good in the Hood and incorporated Gospel music in the Mass. Congregants waited outside the church for coveted seats in its pews. People who were attracted to the Gospel services from outside the parish donated generously. It was a real-life version of “Sister Act.”
Father Ken ministered to the poor with great empathy during his 10 St. Agatha years and went on to embark on relief missions to the Caribbean and Africa for the Archdiocese. Today, Father Ken helps the needy in the greater Los Angeles area and continues his spiritual and physical relief work internationally. His grade school classmates formed Father Ken’s Vineyard to support those efforts and are being joined by his longtime supporters.
Founders, Officers, and Directors
Robert (Bob) Bavasi: 7th grade and relatively current
The nonprofit is headed by University of San Diego-educated attorney Bob Bavasi, who, as he puts it, left his lawyer job when he lost his mind and bought a minor league baseball team. He is a career baseball professional who is passionate about founding the nonprofit.
Kathleen (Kathy) Schimandle Wright: 7th grade and post braces and glasses
The board’s treasurer and legal counsel is Kathleen Schimandle Wright, another Father Ken classmate and a University of San Francisco law school grad. Kathy has spent a career as an attorney who also worked as a worked as a Gift Planning Officer with the American Red Cross national headquarters. In her law practice, she specializes in estate and philanthropy planning. She has served on six nonprofit boards.
Mary Helen (Dea) McKibben Perry: 7th grade and current.
The third board member is Dea McKibben Perry, a Humboldt State theater graduate. She is part of her family’s Aurora Florialis landscape design enterprise on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She is a longtime supporter and admirer of Ken’s work. The board members are assisted by their St. Bede classmates, called Beders by Dea, and supporters who flocked around Father Ken during his priesthood.