Letter: Feeling the support

If this thank-you letter is belated, it is because it has been difficult to find the words to capture my gratitude for the outpouring of love and support this community has shown me in recent months.

In April, a benefit titled, “Healing through Justice,” was held on my behalf with proceeds going to the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT). The event was the vision of one of Greenfield’s treasures, Eveline MacDougall. After reading Anita Fritz’s story in last July’s Recorder, she wanted to raise money to help with my expenses to attend the yet-to-be-scheduled trial of the man suspected of murdering my daughter and two other women.

My heart has been warmed by this gesture and by the many friends who attended and/or helped organize, and those who made donations to the cause. Fifteen members of the Amandla Chorus presented uplifting songs, and the duo FIREPOND, with Doug Reid and Eveline, created music that was truly inspired. In the middle of the program a dramatic reading of Annette’s and my letters and words was shared both beautifully and sensitively by Eveline and Suzy Polucci. Many people expressed how their hearts were touched by the program. Thank you all so much!

I am blessed to call Greenfield my home. After many years of feeling alone with the burden of a missing child, your kindness has been essential to the healing process unfolding in my life at this time.

Note: Thanks to Amanda Smith, the hour-long video of “Healing through Justice” is available for viewing on GCTV’s website: www.gctv.org.



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