Amy Ellingson and her group, Chelan to Africa was founded in 2004 when a group of individuals came together with the common desire to help some of the millions of children being orphaned by the HIV epidemic in Africa. They saw the well-being of these children to be part of their global responsibility. TTL came into their lives after Amy received a Notre Dame Alumni magazine with the story of Touching Tiny Lives featured on the cover. The group knew this is who they wanted to work with and support. For more than 10 years now, Chelan to Africa has been hosting an annual benefit concert and auction. They have raised over $100,000 to send to TTL! Along with TTL, they have partnered with a local, charitable organization with a complementary mission. For the past several years, that partner has been Thrive Chelan Valley. Thrive is a local non-profit committed to advocating for and empowering the community to provide programs/services which equip area youth with the skills to achieve their full potential.
Amy Ellingson lives in Chelan and is a family doctor in Brewster, WA. She has been a longtime volunteer with TTL and joined the Board of Directors in 2011.