Dear friends, family, and supporters,

Facebook often has these birthday “support a cause meaningful to me.” This one is not for our birthday, but is very meaningful to us. 

As we have reached the 10th Anniversary of Calder’s passing, we are grateful for all your awesome support. In memory of this milestone and his 17th birthday we are undertaking a campaign with Lehrman Community Day School, his beloved place that we called the happiest place on earth.

On Tuesday, May 14, Lehrman students will Unleash Some Awesome in the Groove & Give Dance-a-Thon, benefiting Hadvir Hachadash, a school in Jerusalem for students with complex and low-functioning disabilities.

The Groove & Give Dance-a-Thon is an initiative spearheaded by Caleb. Together, we can all make a difference for the students at Hadvir Hachadash in Calder’s memory. 

And no matter how you feel about The War, this is a special opportunity to help disadvantaged children.

As a sweetener, we are raffling off $1,000 in travel on Spirit Airlines to those who donate. Best of all, luggage fees and seat assignments are included so this is very valuable.

For more information on the Dance-a-Thon and our fundraising efforts, please watch the video and consider sponsoring Caleb and contributing whatever you can by clicking here. Any amount works 

With love and gratitude,

Chris, Carla, Caleb, and Calder


Miami Children’s Museum has been a special, sacred place of fun, joy, and learning for thousands of families for over 20 years. Our family is just one of those families. From the time they were little kids, our boys were born ready to play and from the moment they could toddle spent hours and hours here – fishing in the boat, shopping in the Publix, sliding down the slide– a family favorite, creating in the art studio, playing firemen, performing in the music studio, and climbing the rock wall, which taught them courage and perseverance and taught me to be brave enough to let them go all the way to the top. Parents you know what I mean.

We have had many birthday parties, Halloweens, and events here with our boys and their friends. In fact, today IS our son Calder’s 17th Birthday so how awesome it is that you all are sharing his birthday with us! Happy Birthday, CALDER!

Calder’s themes were and continue to be adventure, laughter, and kindness. So, it’s poignant that 10 years ago, he spent his last day on earth here at his happy place, MiChiMu, with his closest friend – his brother Caleb. There was no way to know that would be the last day of his life, but boy we did know he was having the time of his life!

In the days, weeks, months, and years following Calder’s passing, we have returned time and time again. Our love and connection with Miami Children’s Museum runs deep.

Nine years ago, the crane exhibit on the second floor which they love was dedicated in our boys’ honor as Caleb and Calder’s Crane Company, with Calder’s Mr. Awesome plaque mounted nearby on the Carnival cruise ship.

We continue to partner with Miami Children’s Museum for a number of events like We’ve Got The Need to Feed Food Drives during Covid, Operation Puerto Rico Gift Lift which delivered holiday gifts and created the biggest Christmas Party Ever for kids in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Most recently when we were looking for a place to host The Annual New World School of The Arts Booster Club Spaghetti Dinner, Debbie and the museum were once again by our side.

Of course the museum continues to host the fabulous Not So Scary Halloween and we continue to sponsor that boo-tiful event annually. What kid doesn’t love Halloween, right? It has always been our boys’ favorite.

We believe that as difficult as it sometimes is, the best way to honor those we have lost is to continue to live a life of laughter, adventure, and kindness. And of purpose.


The Caleb and Calder Sloan Awesome Foundation’s mission is to help disadvantaged children as well as children who are dealing with grief and loss. We are equally as devoted to benefitting those kids in need as we are in inspiring people, especially children, with the joys of service before self. ADVENTURE LAUGHTER, and KINDNESS are our mantra.

How to send someone to Pluto when you’re grieving. Read this special blog post by our foundation co-founder Carla Kaufman Sloan

2nd Annual Mitzvah Day with Temple Beth Sholom

Thank you to all our volunteers and donors who #UnleashedTheirAwesome for our 2nd Annual Mitzvah Day with Temple Beth Sholom.

Our volunteers, donors, & supporters lifted the spirits of 200 #ProjectUpStart families who received big bags of food and personal hygiene products! In this time of ramped inflation and food insecurity, the need remains greater than ever.

We can hardly wait until next year to get our mitzvah on once again!

Caleb & Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation Appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show

We are beyond #grateful to The Kelly Clarkson Show for sharing the mission of our foundation to have kids helping kids in need. Our spokesman Caleb articulated the spirit behind our work beautifully and got to let Kelly know how much he adores her as well❣️
Big thanks to Alex Duda executive producer Extraordinarie and Nik Robinson for guiding us along the way and for the $2500 support! Oh and 💯the coolest green room experience ever! You can check out more about our foundation on our website ccawesomefoundation.org

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Nickelodeon and Viacom have been honored to partner with The Caleb and Calder Sloan Awesome Foundation on multiple occasions. Through this incredible organization we have had the opportunity to provide children with much needed school supplies in conjunction with operation backpack. When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in 2017, many kids were facing a joyless Christmas until The Caleb and Calder Sloan Awesome Foundation stepped in. Nickelodeon was thrilled to supply holiday gifts and grateful that Chris Sloan and the foundation played Santa and delivered them on our behalf. Their dedication to helping kids in need is inspiring and truly unconditional. Nickelodeon, a brand dedicated to putting kids first, is grateful for their dedication, hard work and proud of our partnership.

Kim Rosenblum, | Executive Vice President, Head of Marketing & Chief Creative Officer at Nickelodeon

At A+E Networks giving back to our communities is core to the values of our company.   This is why we participated in Caleb in Calder Sloan’s House of Awesome for 3 successful years. The activations have been a win / win. It not only gives back to at risk and underprivileged children but builds positive community by installing the joy or giving into membership and staff

Tim Nolan, EVP, Brand Marketing, A&E Networks
Now finishing our third year partnership with House of Awesome, Promax is deeply thankful to Carla and Chris Sloan for their vision and dedication to this incredible initiative.  Through the collective power of our membership, House Of Awesome’s support, and the missions of our non-profit partners, we collectively have helped to transform lives by given those less fortunate than us access to the most fundamental of needs.
The work and love that Chris, Carla, and Caleb Sloan put into honoring the memory of their son and brother, Calder “Mr. Awesome” Sloan, is truly inspirational.  It was an absolute privilege to have been a part of their Foundation’s efforts in response to the children of Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  Their contagious passion for kindness inspired an army of caring people whose actions made a positive difference in the lives of thousands across Puerto Rico and South Florida.  Thank you for making our world a better place!
Barbara Webster , Senior Director Emergency Response & Business Continuity || Spirit Airlines, Inc.
Volunteers of America-Greater New York had the opportunity to develop with Caleb and Calder’s Awesome Foundation an activity that would fill a philanthropic need while allowing Promax association members attending the June 2018 Conference in NYC to volunteer in a meaningful way. The timing was perfect for an engagement related to Operation Backpack®, our annual campaign that benefits NYC’s homeless students. Operation Backpack® is a cause that resonates with NYC’s corporate community, as well as with thousands of individuals every year without whom the campaign would not exist. Promax leadership, Caleb and Calder’s Awesome Foundation and everyone who supports their vision of a kinder, gentler world, did not disappoint.
They raised the funds they said they would in a very short amount of time, ensured every logistical detail was considered and covered, and hundreds of conference attendees – some with their families – answered the call! They prepared pencil cases to go into the backpacks of 5,300 Pre-K – 4th grade  students, filling them with crayons, pencils, pens, glue sticks, safety scissors, bottles of glue, post-it notes, pens and more. This event went so well that it has now become one of the top engagement activities we offer companies looking for a unique community service opportunity for their employees.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston was thrilled to team up with The Caleb and Calder Sloan Awesome Foundation at TEGNA’s annual content summit in Houston!  The backpacks with the school supplies will ensure our youth are ready when school starts.  Heading back to school with high quality supplies allows children to pursue goals with confidence and “release their awesome.”  Adventure, laughter and kindness is a wonderful mantra that aligns with the character building programs of Boys & Girls Clubs.  We are grateful to the foundation for placing service before self to make communities better for children.

Kevin R. Hattery, | President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston
School on Wheels was thrilled to be chosen as the recipient of the Caleb and Calder Sloan’s awesome foundation’s Party with a Purpose event at the Promax Conference in LA this year – over 2,500 backpacks were filled with school supplies and donated to our organization. These backpacks are now being distributed by School on Wheels staff and volunteers to students throughout Southern California who are living in homeless situations.  School on Wheels provides educational support to children ages 5-18 living in shelters, motels, cars, on the street, and in group foster homes.  Having a brand new backpack and school supplies is a powerful and tangible tool for students who are devasted by homelessness.  Our students can start the school year like the rest of their peers with the tools they need to succeed in school.  From the bottom of our heart, we thank you and your team for giving our students the gift of hope.
Sinead Chilton, | Chief Development & Marketing Officer

Unleash Your #Awesome

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon will be too late.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson