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2 — Women In Business

Basi Is A Businesswoman Of Many Hats By DENNIS D. CRUZ

Oakdale’s Karen Basi is an active woman in the community. She helps run Basi Insurance on East G Street with the help of her fellow employees, continuing a successful business that has been in operation since 1988. And while she’s not working to meet the insurance needs of clients in Oakdale and surrounding communities, she is providing assistance to others in a very concrete way. That way would be through the Karen Basi Wave of Hope MS Foundation. Basi was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, MS, but does not allow the often-debilitating disease to limit her lifestyle or work schedule. Instead, Basi strives each day to help others out and has

worked endless hours on fundraising to help put an end to MS for good. “I have grandbabies and I don’t know if MS is hereditary or not. Just the thought that they may inherit this awful disease, it hurts me to think they may not find a cure. So our sole purpose is to eliminate MS completely in the near future.” The Karen Basi Wave of Hope Foundation hosted its 11th annual charity golf tournament at Oakdale Golf and Country Club earlier this month. As it has been in the past, the 2016 event was also a huge success. Nearly 200 golfers participated in this year’s tournament, with another wave of people showing up after the competition concluded to help raise money for the cause to find a cure. “I cannot thank the com-

munity enough. I am overwhelmed with the support Oakdale residents have shown over the years. Not just for my event, but for other events throughout the year, this town really comes together when it comes to helping out,” Basi said. “I have always been blessed to have a full field (of golfers) for the event, but then we get another 100 or so people to come after to help out with the raffle and auctions and it has been great to have that support over the years.” The Wave of Hope Foundation also helps out the community and surrounding areas with every day needs as well. The foundation has assisted those in need with things like electric ramps for their houses to help them get around; assisted

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with transportation and also contributed to other fundraisers. In recent years they have also hosted a Red and Black Ball, which helped raise funds for the cause. Like any charity or business, it takes more than just one person to run it successfully. Basi has the support of her husband Randy, who she said was the mastermind behind the golf tournament. “This just doesn’t happen. It takes an army to help out with any event, running a business or foundation,” Basi noted. “I am truly blessed to have so many around me that have helped out.” Among those that have been key to the success are board members Jon and Vicki Mutoza and director Sandy Guerra, a co-worker

Founder of The Karen Basi Wave of Hope MS Foundation, Karen Basi takes time out of her busy day at the office to relax with her dog. Photo By Dennis D. Cruz

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