The No Stone Unturned Foundation’s logo was chosen with careful consideration. We are proud of foundation and its purpose. We wanted to select a logo that would portray an image that represents our mission. The acacia tree (a·ca·cia – Pronounced uh-kay-shuh) embodies that image.
One of the world’s most valued trees, the acacia tree is found in many parts of the world, including the United States. The wood of the acacia is very hard and an excellent building material. In their native habitats, some of them become huge forest trees over 100 feet tall with trunks four feet in diameter, often protected by strong thorns. Some of these huge acacias provide beautiful hardwood lumber for furniture, cabinets, boats, musical instruments, and ornamental purposes-taking a high polish. Acacia wood often exudes a pleasant fragrance. The natural plant gums found in acacia are used as thickening agents and emulsifiers in food products, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. These gums produce the thick, rich consistency of sauces and syrups, prevent the formation of ice crystals in frozen desserts, and stabilize the foaming in beer. Many common candies and jelly beans contain a thickening agent called gum arabic (gum acacia) from the sap of certain acacia trees. This gum can be found in candies from such well-known vendors as Mentos, Dreyers and Starburst, and can even be found in Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream.
Acacia seyal is thought to be the shittah tree of the Bible, which supplied shittim-wood. This was used in the construction of the Ark of the Covenant. As a spiritual icon it is also one of the most powerful symbols in freemasonry, representing the eternal soul and purity of the soul. The acacia tree is looked upon as the “tree of life” in many parts of the world. Some insects and animals protect the tree from its predators, while the tree provides them with nourishment in exchange. This symbiosis is seen as a parallel to our foundation and the families we support. We will protect and nourish one another in building a relationship that is impenetrable, in essence nurturing and supporting families while we are searching for healing through supporting research for CFC Syndrome and other ailments.
The color of our logo was also important as we wanted to portray our mission and purpose through color. We chose the color purple. Purple is royalty. A mysterious color, purple is associated with both nobility and spirituality. Purple has a special, almost sacred place in nature: lavender, orchid, lilac, and violet flowers are often delicate and considered precious. It stands for good judgment and happiness. It is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic. According to surveys, almost 75 percent of pre-adolescent children prefer purple to all other colors. Purple seems to be a color that represents our desire to find original and creative ways to boost the spirits of those whose lives we touch.
The little boy in our logo simply represents our inspiration, our son Stone. Because of his endearing, beautiful and giving spirit, we are better in all aspects of life. His walking away from the tree symbolizes our mission to leave no stone unturned in our efforts to assist children and families that live with neurological impairments.