Letter: Fundraisers successful due to support

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To the editor,

This past Saturday, Jan. 18, a pair of fundraiser events was held in Beacon Falls to help defray the medical expenses of a local resident, Marty Smith. The events were very successful, and will provide Marty with some degree of relief from his mounting expenses. 

The events, a ziti supper at St. Michael RC Church, and an open mic event at the New Harvest Restaurant, were successful only through the combined efforts of dozens of local people from a broad spectrum of Beacon Falls organizations and area businesses. 

I would like to extend my deep gratitude to Gang Guo, owner of the New Harvest Restaurant, for both hosting the open mic event and for making a generous contribution to the fundraiser. Additionally, I would like to thank Joe Salvati, owner of Banko’s Music of Ansonia for the use of his PA equipment, without which the open mic event would not have been possible.

The Irving Xpress Mart of Beacon Falls, Beacon Falls Pizza Palace and Napoli Foods of Cheshire both made large donations of food for the ziti supper, greatly defraying the costs associated with that event. We are extremely grateful for their support. 

I would like to thank the hundreds of people who attended the events, or simply dropped off a donation or note supporting Marty. I know he is deeply touched by the outpouring of concern and generosity by everyone involved.

The biggest kudos go to the many organizations of Beacon Falls that joined forces to make this event the success that it was. It was an impressive effort, combining the resources of the Rotary Club, Lions, Lioness, and Leo’s Clubs, the Congregational Church, St. Michael Church Ladies Guild and Men’s Club and Cub Scout Troop 2010. 

To the best of my knowledge, this was the first time a cross-organizational event of this magnitude has been held in town, and it is a testament to the value of teamwork and spirit of cooperation that Beacon Falls has always manifested. While I cannot even begin to name all the individuals involved, I would be remiss if I did not single out Martha and Judy Berge of the Congregational Church and Ray Binkowski and Millie Kevit of St. Michael Church for giving up their Saturday to slave over hot stoves all day.

Finally, I want to thank my wonderful wife Marion (Saint Marion as some of my closer friends call her) for once again allowing me to shirk my duties at our pharmacy to work on yet one more outside project.

Robert M. Bradley

Owner, Beacon Falls Pharmacy

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