The Rock of Ages Foundation

The Rock of Ages Foundation is a 501(c)3 private foundation established primarily to benefit the people in Texas. We plan on growing and expanding our geographical area so that no senior has to decide between food and medicine. “For I was hungry, and you fed me.

I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me….I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” - Matthew 25:35-40. We look forward to furthering God’s kingdom by giving a helping hand and comforting our senior neighbors that find themselves in need.

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Rock of Ages Foundation - 9th Annual Golf Tournament 11/04/2021

Rock of Ages Foundation - 9th Annual Golf Tournament

Monday, December 6th we are hosting a golf tournament at Twin Creeks Country Club to benefit the Rock of Ages Foundation which is a 501c3. The Foundation helps senior citizens in need to pay for their prescription drugs. For more information please go to https://rockofages.dojiggy.com/b52e02b/regPages/pages/?p=201132 to register to play and learn more about opportunities to sponsor or donate.

Rock of Ages Foundation - 9th Annual Golf Tournament Join us for a fun day of golf to support the Rock of Ages Foundation! Monday, December 6, 2021 Event Schedule Registration Begins at 10 am Box Lunch at 11 am Shotgun Start at 12 pm Post Tournament: Dinner and Awards Presentation Come on out and join the fun!

12/01/2020

Donate

We were not able to have our golf tournament this year due to the virus. Please give if you can. Any amount helps.

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12/01/2020

Donate

Today is Giving Tuesday!

The Rock of Ages Foundation is a 501c3. Our mission is to help senior citizens with their prescription drug needs. If you are able to give, please consider our organization. Prescription drugs are costly and senior citizens need our help.

Go to the following link to donate.
http://therockofagesfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=49&Itemid=54

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05/05/2020

Today is Giving Tuesday!
We know many are going through rough and uncertain times. The Rock of Ages Foundation is a 501c3. Our mission is to help senior citizens with their prescription drug needs. If you are able to give, please consider our organization. Prescription drugs are costly and senior citizens need our help.
Go to the following link to donate.
http://therockofagesfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=49&Itemid=54

therockofagesfoundation.org 12/02/2019

Donate

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday. If you are interested in supporting a 501c3 charity, please consider The Rock of Ages Foundation. All donations go to paying for senior citizens' prescription drugs.

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rockofages.dojiggy.com 09/21/2019

The Rock of Ages Foundation

Golfers!!! It is that time once again to raise money for senior citizen’s prescription drug needs!
This is our eighth year!
We need golfers and sponsors. Donations are welcome, too!
Monday, October 7th
11:00 Registration
1:00 Shotgun
Twin Creeks Country Club
Register at rockofages.dojiggy.com

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09/06/2019

Retired state workers haven’t seen pension bump in 17 years

Austin American Statesman
By Julie Chang
9/5/2019

Elsa Solis, a 75-year-old retired state caseworker, tries to stay out of her home as much as possible, spending most of the day volunteering at a local senior center. On a fixed income that hasn’t budged for 17 years, the San Antonio resident says she can’t afford to fix her central air conditioner and a plumbing leak at her 50-year-old home, which she said is in dire need of repairs.

“I tell people if you can work as long as you can work, continue because once you stop, that’s it. You’re on a level that stays like that and everything has gone up,” said Solis who worked for the state health agency for 32 years, retiring in 1997.

Solis is among a growing number of retired state employees who have been calling on lawmakers to increase their monthly retirement checks and to shore up the pension system. Faced with an ever-rising cost of living, retirees say that living off their pension checks, which the Legislature hasn’t increased since 2001, has become so difficult that they are refinancing their homes, going to food banks, skipping medication and going back to work.

The average monthly pension of the state’s 111,000 retired state employees and beneficiaries is $1,690, according to the Employee Retirement System of Texas. About 18,000 of those retirees live in the Austin area.

House members from the Austin area in June signed a letter asking the Legislative Budget Board to consider injecting more money into the pension system as well as fund an across-the-board raise for state employees next legislative session.

“We rely on these employees to carry out the services and mandates that we place up on them. It is only right for us to honor their service to Texas by ensuring that they will receive the pensions we promised once they retire,” the lawmakers wrote.

More than 50 legislators in total have written letters to the Legislative Budget Board, of which Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, R-Lake Jackson, are members, asking for relief for state employees, according to the Texas State Employees Union.

The union is expected to hold a series of press conferences across the state on Friday about the issue.

The Legislature this year approved spending $1.1 billion over the next two years to shore up the retired teachers’ pension system and distribute a one-time payment of up to $2,000 to all retired teachers and school employees.

Retirees want the same consideration.

“There’s a mentality among a lot of politicians that state workers are expendable, and it bleeds over into the general public,” said Amy Mashberg, who retired from the state hospital four years ago. “We’re not.”

Stagnant pensions

Much of Solis’ monthly pension check of $1,300 goes toward her $400 monthly car payment, $200 car insurance bill and gas, which is guzzled up by her daily trips to visit her sister with dementia at a nursing home. She’s been putting off repairs to her car after a collision two years ago.

Sometimes accepting donations from the food bank and limiting her water use at home, Solis tries to cut costs as much as she can. She said she doesn’t like to accumulate debt after accruing as much as $30,000 in loans while she was raising her two sons on her own on a modest social worker’s salary.

Solis said she would use any increase to her pension check to help fix her house, pay for her car expenses and pad her savings. She also receives another $1,300 every month in social security.

“It’s hard,” Solis said. “I’m able to live on what I make but it would be nice to get a little more.”

Paula Everett, a retiree and member of the Texas State Employees Union, said retirees who are struggling the most are those who have been retired for decades and were in low-paying jobs like clerical workers and assisted living workers that yielded smaller pensions.

Jose L. Rocha, who retired from connecting needy individuals with social services for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, is refinancing his Pflugerville home to free up some money.

“I felt that I was going to have a comfortable retirement. Not rich, but I thought I was going to have enough and that I didn’t have to worry,” said Rocha who worked for 30 years.

Dripping Springs resident Rosaura Gómez said she’s taken jobs here and there since retiring from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, to ease up some of her budget constraints. Earning a monthly pension check of about $2,300 and not yet drawing on Social Security, she said she would use any boost to her pension for emergency situations.

“When you retire, you really don’t get the amount of money that you get when you’re actually working,” Gomez said, adding that she makes about $13,000 to $14,000 less annually. “As the years go by, cost of living goes up and my pension pay has stayed the same.”

Rising cost-of-living expenses include health insurance premiums, medication costs, property taxes, car insurance premiums, homeowner insurance premiums, dentist visits, and gasoline prices, retirees told the American-Statesman.

Barbara Fetonte, an Austin-area retiree, said it shouldn’t take retirees unable to buy food or pay for medicine to pay attention. “I deserve it because I served this damn state for ... years,” she said.

Path to depletion

The Texas House this past session proposed injecting $150 million over the next two years into the retired state employee pension system but the provision was removed during bill negotiations. The Legislature had instead prioritized new funding toward public education, property tax relief, Hurricane Harvey relief and the Teacher Retirement System.

State law requires the pension system to be fully funded within a 31-year period — which also means the pension fund is actuarially sound — for lawmakers to give retirees any sort of pension increase.

As of August 2018, the latest data available, the pension fund was nowhere close to being actuarially sound but instead was on a path to depletion by 2096 if contributions to the system did not increase.

The state contributes 9.5% of gross payroll, agencies contribute 0.5%, and system members contribute 9.5% of their salary.

It would take a lump sum contribution of $4.8 billion to make the pension fund actuarially sound, while maintaining current contribution rates for both members and the state.

Employee unions fear the tenuous health of the pension system might turn people off from pursuing a state job. The turnover rate of such employees was 19.3% in 2018, the highest it’s been in at least 12 years. The most common reason non-retiring employees cite for leaving is because they want better pay and benefits, according to the State Auditor’s Office.

“You have Bucees paying $15 an hour and Costco paying $15 an hour. You have state employees, depending on where you work, making anywhere between $12 and $14 dollars an hour and a lot of time they require degrees. That’s what we’re fighting against,” said Joe Montemayor, an organizer for the Texas State Employees Union.

The union also is calling on the Legislative Budget Board to take emergency action on an across-the-board pay raise. Lawmakers in 2016 used emergency funding to increase salaries for Child Protective Service workers amid a slew of child abuse deaths.

“It’s getting really tough to be a public employee. One point in time, folks work for the state with the understanding that whenever they retire, they would be taken care of but it’s not the case anymore,” Montemayor said.

rockofages.dojiggy.com 09/04/2019

The Rock of Ages Foundation

Golfers!!! It is that time once again to raise money for senior citizen’s prescription drug needs! This is our eighth year!
We need golfers and sponsors. Donations are welcome, too!
Monday, October 7th
11:00 Registration
1:00 Shotgun
Twin Creeks Country Club
Register at rockofages.dojiggy.com

rockofages.dojiggy.com Rock of Ages 2019 Eighth Annual Golf Classic

rockofages.dojiggy.com 08/28/2019

The Rock of Ages Foundation

Golfers!!! It is that time once again to raise money for senior citizen’s prescription drug needs! This is our eighth year!
We need golfers and sponsors. Donations are welcome, too!
Monday, October 7th
11:00 Registration
1:00 Shotgun
Twin Creeks Country Club
Register at rockofages.dojiggy.com

rockofages.dojiggy.com Rock of Ages 2019 Eighth Annual Golf Classic

rockofages.dojiggy.com 08/28/2018

The Rock of Ages Foundation

We are gearing up for the Rock of Ages annual golf classic.
October 1st
Twin Creeks Country Club
Find out more about player registration and sponsorships at this link: https://rockofages.dojiggy.com/…/in…/ab25fc2/regCatalog/all…

rockofages.dojiggy.com Rock of Ages 2018 Seventh Annual Golf Classic

2017 Rock of Ages Golf Classic & Mini Car Show 08/12/2018

2017 Rock of Ages Golf Classic & Mini Car Show

2016 Primere Rock of Ages Foundation Car Show 08/12/2018

2016 Primere Rock of Ages Foundation Car Show

2015 Rock of Ages Golf Classic & Mini Car Show 08/12/2018

2015 Rock of Ages Golf Classic & Mini Car Show

Untitled Album 08/12/2018

2014 Rock of Ages Foundation Golf Classic

2014 Rock of Ages Foundation Golf Classic

2013 Rock of Ages Foundation Golf Classic 08/06/2018

2013 Rock of Ages Foundation Golf Classic

2012 Rock of Ages Foundation Golf Classic 08/04/2018

2012 Rock of Ages Foundation Golf Classic

rockofages.dojiggy.com 09/26/2017

The Rock of Ages Foundation

Monday, October 2nd we will host our 6th Annual Golf Classic at Twin Creeks Country Club in Cedar Park. If you are interested in playing in the tournament, go to the following link to register. Mercedes Benz of Austin is sponsoring our Hole In One Prize. http://rockofages.dojiggy.com/ng/index.cfm/ab25fc2/regPages/pages/?p=148270

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09/13/2017

Attention Golfers!
Rock of Ages Foundation 6th Annual Golf Classic
Monday, October 2nd
Twin Creeks Country Club
1:00pm Shotgun
$125 per player
We will have a fajita dinner at the end of the tournament.
Register at http://rockofages.dojiggy.com
*The Rock of Ages Foundation helps pay for senior citizens' prescription drug needs. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization.

08/13/2016

In order to achieve the best possible turnout, we are rescheduling the Premiere Car Show due to the 2016 Operation American Muscle car show being held at Camp Mabry on the same day and time. We will post an invite soon with the new date and time, so please stay tuned and check back with us. Thank you for understanding.

09/24/2015

The Rock of Ages Foundation

The Rock of Ages Foundation
Fourth Annual Golf Classic
Monday, October 5, 2015
at Twin Creeks Country Club
Cedar Park, Texas
For Register and Sponsorship Information go to
http://rockofages.dojiggy.com

09/21/2015

We are two weeks away from our 4th Annual Golf Classic and there is still time to register. This tournament is a lot of fun and we score on a modified Peoria scoring system so it levels the playing field so that all who play have a chance to win. Please go to the following link to register as a player, sponsor, or to just donate to helping senior citizens pay for the prescription drug needs.http://rockofages.dojiggy.com

rockofages.dojiggy.com 09/09/2015

The Rock of Ages Foundation

Rock of Ages Foundation Golf Classic is a little over 3 weeks away. Even if you are not the greatest golfer, we use a Modified Peoria Scoring System so it levels the playing field. Go to http://rockofages.dojiggy.com to sign up to play.

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09/03/2015

The Rock of Ages Foundation

The Rock of Ages Foundation
Fourth Annual Golf Classic
Monday, October 5, 2015
at Twin Creeks Country Club
Cedar Park, Texas
For Register and Sponsorship Information go to
http://rockofages.dojiggy.com

08/24/2015

The Rock of Ages Foundation
Fourth Annual Golf Classic
Monday, October 5, 2015
at Twin Creeks Country Club
Cedar Park, Texas
For Register and Sponsorship Information go to
http://rockofages.dojiggy.com

06/03/2015

Save the Date!!!
The Rock of Ages Foundation
Fourth Annual Golf Classic
Monday, October 5, 2015
at Twin Creeks Country Club
Cedar Park, Texas
Registration information will be coming soon.

12/09/2014

This time of year is especially difficult for needy seniors. Please check on your elderly or disabled neighbors. Bring a meal over, rake their leaves and make sure they are comfortable. Merry Christmas to you all.

10/06/2014

Today's the day! We are so pumped to rock The Rock of Ages Foundation 3rd Annual Golf Tournament at Twin Creeks Country Club today. We have a huge group of golfers ready for a great time while helping out central Texas seniors. Let's do this!

gofundme.com 10/02/2014

Click here to support The Rock of Ages Foundation by Gretchen Kraemer Kropp

If everyone donated just $1.00 we could help dozens of central Texas seniors with their prescription drug needs. Let's do it! And please share with your friends and family? Thank you for your support of this very special foundation.

gofundme.com Helping central Texas seniors! Help us pay for their needed prescription drug needs where Medicare falls short. Many fixed-income seniors make the daunting choice to pay for their needed prescription drugs or food. The Rock of Ages Foundation is a 501(c)3 private foundation established pri...

newsradioklbj.com 09/27/2014

Healthy Choices, with Austin’s Favorite Pharmacy, Peoples

Today tune into AM590 (Austin, Texas) KLBJ and learn about The Rock of Ages Foundation between 5-6pm tonight. Learn how we help central Texas seniors with prescription drug needs and how you can help.
http://www.newsradioklbj.com/shows/healthy-choices-with-austins-favorite-pharmacy-peoples

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rockofages.dojiggy.com 09/15/2014

Rock of Ages 2014 Third Annual Golf Classic

We are 20 days away from our much anticipated 3rd Annual Golf Tournament at beautiful Twin Creeks Country Club. Have you registered to play? October is the best month of the year to play in Texas and taking a Monday off supporting an incredible charity? Cant get any better! Here ya go ---> http://rockofages.dojiggy.com

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rockofages.dojiggy.com 09/10/2014

Rock of Ages 2014 Third Annual Golf Classic

If you have ever wanted to play Twin Creeks Country Club now here's your opportunity. http://rockofages.dojiggy.com/ng/index.cfm/ab2146e/regPages/pages/?p=109379

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09/01/2014

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