I Love Why-Nut!!! Tuesday, June 1, 2004 8:27 AM EDT CHARLEVOIX COUNTY - An appearance on CNN's "Larry King Live" television show helped launch John Ramsey's campaign for the 105th state House of Representatives seat, giving him instant name recognition throughout the district. But a statement made on the show by his wife, Patsy, has triggered an outcry from those who question the existence of a foundation established in the name of their daughter, JonBenet, who was murdered Dec. 26, 1996. The murder has not been solved. ~~~~~~~~~~~ A caller to the show questioned the Ramseys about a foundation they established in the name of JonBenet Ramsey. Referring to statements made in the book written by John and Patsy Ramsey called "The Death of Innocence," the caller said the foundation mentioned in the book was closed and "virtually did nothing." Patsy asserted the foundation does exist and is still making contributions in JonBenet's name. "This week, we did present $1,000 worth of scholarships to Mount McSauba Day Camp here in Charlevoix, where JonBenet and Burke both attended day camp," Patsy told Larry King and millions of viewers. It may be a question of semantics, but the fact is that the Ramseys didn't make a donation to the Camp McSauba scholarship program until Thursday, May 27. Camp McSauba Director Ike Boss said he received a check for $1,000 from the JonBenet Ramsey Children's' Foundation that evening. "Patsy made a commitment to Ike (Boss) two or three weeks before going on the show," John Ramsey said. "It's unbelievable how people would attack something like this, when we're just trying to help." Camp McSauba Director Ike Boss verified Patsy's statement, saying she did make a commitment to donate to the camp after learning that children from low-income families need financial aid in order to attend camp. The camp has a long tradition of giving scholarships, funded by community donations, to needy children in the area. "I'm doing it today," Patsy said Thursday of her promise to make a donation to the camp fund, when questioned by the Herald Times. Both John and Patsy said the JonBenet Ramsey Foundation is still in existence. "It's been more of a family trust," Patsy explained. "It's not very active. There's some money in it, but not thousands and thousands of dollars." ~~~~~~~~~~~ Utah resident Tricia Griffith, owner of Forums for Justice.org, later acknowledged she was the caller to the Larry King Live show who questioned the Ramseys about the existence of the JonBenet Ramsey Foundation. "Officially, the nonprofit JonBenet Foundation is closed, according to the IRS," Griffith said. "But if I'm wrong, I'll be the first to correct it on my Web site." Griffith said her Web site, forumsforjustice.org, gets one million hits per month, and the hits have been increasing - especially hits from Michigan - since Ramsey declared his candidacy. Griffith, like many Americans, grew interested in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case a few weeks after the tragic death of the young beauty queen occurred in December, 1996. She acquired the discussion Web site forumsforjustice.org, that deals with crime victims, in 2002. On Thursday, she launched another Web site, supportramseytruth.com. "There's no tip line, no family Web site, so it's being left up to strangers to keep up with information about JonBenet," Griffith said. "I would have thought that the Ramseys, being computer savvy, would have a Web site for JonBenet," she added.