This is a revised copy of this morning’s story
During the past few weeks, we’ve had several inquiries as to how the fundraising for Annie’s Memorial Bench is going.
Thanks to the generosity of some wonderful donors, we are about 1/3 of the way to our goal.
For obvious reasons, the target group from which we sought donations was the Santa’s Helper families who’ve enjoyed the program that Annie dedicated her life to for the past 25 years.
On the day of the Gift Drop-Off, the Auxiliary had a collection jar out and everyone was very generous, filling it to the top, from what we understand. The Auxiliary decided to split the money between the Heart Association and the Diabetes Foundation in Annie’s name. A Wonderful idea to help two very worthy causes.
From what we’ve heard from our readers, some said they didn’t know exactly where the donations were going and assumed it was for the memorial bench they’d read about on Orange Live.
Here is a photo of the sign that the Auxiliary put up with the donation container clearly stating their intentions.
We’d like to clarify, the Auxiliary and Friends of Annie Davis are two totally different things. That collection and the ongoing Memorial Bench collection are unrelated. NOTE: Orange Live continues to support the Auxiliary and its various fundraisers throughout the year that help the wonderful Orange Volunteer Fire Department which is always there for the community.
The Friends of Annie Davis’s Memorial Bench collection is being done in cooperation with the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and we still need to raise $800. This could have been accomplished, for example, by soliciting just $10 or less from each Santa’s Helper Family — not through the Auxiliary, but through the donation requests published in OL.
The Friends of Annie Davis hosted a Fundraiser at the Orange Ale House on November 8, and we had about 43 wonderful raffle prizes, including an enormous gift basket from the Auxiliary, but ALL of the proceeds from that event went to Annie’s son, Michael, nothing else.
Last week, Yia Yia & Amelie, a home-based charity organization participated in a craft fair and donated 25% of their proceeds to the Bench Fund, but individual residents mailing donations have all but stopped since mid-December.
We are working on different ways to get the money so that we can dedicate the bench by spring as a continual reminder to the townspeople about just how wonderful and dedicated Annie was to this town.
Anyone who’d like to help us with the funding, please send a check made out to “Friends of Annie Davis” to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460. Any denomination would be greatly appreciated.
We have a Friends of Annie Davis Bank Account at Bank of America where all monies collected for the bench are being deposited.