Rugged Expedition Host J. Alain Smith “Pays it Forward” in Uganda.
After speaking at the Tennessee Valley Chapters fundraiser in March, J. Alain Smith, host of Sportsman’s Channel’s Rugged Expeditions and SCI Foundation’s Corporate Secretary was presented with an Bell Family Blue bag filled with much needed supplies to take on his next trip. It worked out perfect as he was filming an episode of Rugged Expeditions in Northern Uganda the next week, so he took the bag along to the small village of Karinga. The Bell Family Blue Bag was full of medical supplies and items for children. The paper and crayons were a big hit with the kids, especially when Smith showed them how to draw a certain famous African warthog. “Their smiles made it all worth while,” said Smith.
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Bell Family Encourages Hunters to “Pay It Forward.”The Bell family is deeply committed to continue the legacy that their daughter Amy Bell created by promoting her “Pay It Forward” spirit throughout the world. Through the Bell family’s participation and membership in SCI, they became aware of the SCI Foundation’s Blue Bag SafariCare program. During the annual SCI Convention in Las Vegas in February, Amy’s father Larry met with SCI Foundation’s Executive Director Bob Benson to discuss ways that the Bells might work with the Foundation in helping promote the SafariCare program in Amy’s memory. During that time, the Bells agreed to become the sponsor of the Bell Family Blue Bag Program in memory of Amy. The Bells have agreed to an initial commitment for five years to the program in the interest of promoting the “Pay It Forward” spirit throughout the world in the name of the SCI Foundation and their humanitarian support program.
“We all know that hunters are some of the most caring and giving souls on earth. They care about people, they care about the conservation of animals and they care about leaving the world a better place than they found it. Hunter’s throughout the world make a special effort to give back to the communities they are visiting and hunting on a regular basis. We hope that by spreading the word about this Blue Bag program in a more deliberate way we can bring attention to this pattern of giving where hunters are routinely Paying It Forward to those less fortunate all over the world. We believe that making a significant contribution to this important Foundation project will continue Amy’s legacy of “Paying It Forward” and draw attention to the giving spirit of our SCI family.” Larry Bell, SCI Foundation Supporter and SCI Life Member.
It is with great joy that we announce this new partnership between the Bell family and SCI Foundation by establishing the Bell Family “Pay It Forward” Blue Bag program in memory of Amy D. Bell. It is our firm belief that this new emphasis on this long-standing Foundation program that we will greatly expand our reach to those less fortunate throughout the world through the generosity and support of the SCI hunting family.
Amy Bell… hunter, horsewoman, philanthropist, friend to all.Whether known as a tenacious horsewoman, a seasoned traveler and huntress, a dedicated but private philanthropist, or as a “best friend” to many, Amy Doris Bell touched lives across the world. She loved her horses, her dogs, her family and friends, and she loved the Lord. She lived life with no handlebars, and she loved everyone to the ends of the earth. Her sudden death on May 16, 2014 left a void in the lives of her family and friends worldwide.
Amy was the youngest of three children of Ellen and Larry Bell of Midland, TX. Amy was a Life Member of Safari Club International, as are her father Larry and her brothers Matthew Bell and Brian Bell. Amy was also a Life Member of the American Quarter Horse Association and actively showed cutting horses and reined cow horses. At her passing, Amy was the manager of the Comanche Springs Ranch and Kalpowar Quarter Horses, both Bell family companies.
The Comanche Springs Ranch in Weatherford, TX had been Amy’s home for several years. It was on this ranch where she experienced some of her greatest joys, and it is here where she transformed from a little girl with all kinds of hopes and dreams, into a woman of faith, friends and a calling. But being a ranch manger was not Amy’s “calling”… Living out her “cowgirl dream” – raising and showing horses, hunting and traveling, loving and serving her neighbor – especially children in need – was her calling. And, she loved what she was doing.
Philanthropy was a quiet but important part of Amy’s life. In her early twenties, she established the Amy Doris Bell Fund at the Permian Basin Area Foundation. The Foundation’s primary focus was to support agencies worldwide that provided education and wellness for children. Amy helped fund numerous projects with Child Fund International, Salvation Army, Feed the Children, and she also sponsored a much beloved child in Zambia.
Amy loved to travel and took the lead on numerous Bell family hunting and sight-seeing trips. She traveled to Africa several times including trips to Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. She also made hunting and sight-seeing trips to Spain and to New Zealand. Wherever she went, Amy made close friends on these adventures and, along with all of her family, always looked for opportunities to “Pay It Forward” to those less fortunate.