Thursday, October 17, 2013

Another Successful Fundraiser for Power of Elle / More Funding From Power of Elle

It has been a busy summer/early fall for the Fund.

First, some very good news. The Tea for Two Dolly & Me Tea Party held on September 15 raised $1650.62 for the Fund, an increase of almost $200 over last year's event. Sandy Mekonis has our everlasting thanks and gratitude for organizing this event.

And it is because of events like these and donations from so many generous people that we are able to give back.

We recently once again sponsored the 1km fun run called "The Elle Dash" with a $300 donation at the Hugs From Hayley Race for Maine Children's Cancer. Hugs from Hayley is another wonderful organization worthy of your support. You can learn more about them here. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to work with them every year.

The Fund donated $100 to the Fairfield School in Saco (where Elle attended kindergarten) for their Walk-a-Thon.

And the Fund gave $407 to the Saco Parks and Recreation Department to help buy two bikes for their Saco Bikes for Kids program. These bikes will be used by children in the town's park and rec program.

Again, it is because of the generosity and kindness from all of you that the Fund is able to give this money to so many different and worthy causes. And we cannot thank you enough for it.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Two Fundraisers for The Power of Elle

On Thursday, September 5, Jennifer Skinsacos held her third annual fundraiser for the Power of Elle at Ken's Place Seafood Restaurant in Scarborough. Jennifer takes all her tips from that evening along with any donations from patrons and generously gives that money to the Fund. This year, Jennifer was able to raise $1,142 over $1,300 for the Fund and we couldn't be more delighted. It is events like these that allow the Fund to do things like donating to the Maine Children's Cancer Program, or to buy books for the Fairfield School library. Thank you to Jennifer and Ken's Place for their continued generosity and support!

And tomorrow, September 15, there will be the second annual Tea for Two Dolly & Me Tea Party, held at the North Dam Mill in Biddeford. This wonderful event is run by Sandy Mekonis. Her daughter Laina and Elle were best friends, meeting at age 2 when they first starting dancing at the same dance school. You can read more about it on the Facebook Event page. Everybody raved about the Tea last year and it is sure to be a success again.

As always, the Fund is extremely grateful for the generosity and kindness we receive from so many members of the community. It reminds us that Elle's spirit is still alive and she is still making a difference.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

More Donations to Fairfield School

As you may or may not know, Elle attended Fairfield School for a brief time before her passing. It was a very important moment for her and something she had looked forward to for a while. So the Fund always looks for opportunities to help Fairfield School. In that spirit, we can announce the following donations from the Fund to Fairfield:
  • $1000 for two iPads for classroom learning
  • $500 for the Garden/Greenhouse Project
We hope these donations will help the children at Fairfield continue to grow and learn the way Elle did in her short time at the school.

We will also be announcing the winners of the Bright Light Scholarships and the Heart of Dance winner from the Steppin Out Dance Studio shortly.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Donations To MCCP and the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital

Part of our ongoing efforts at the Fund include a goal of making yearly donations to the two institutions that provided such wonderful care for Ellie during her fight with cancer. As of today, we have reached that goal for the first time.

In late November of 2012, the Fund made it's second donation to the Maine Children's Cancer Program. It was for $1,000.

Then earlier today, the Fund made a $1,000 donation to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.

We cannot say enough about the excellent care that Ellie received from these two organizations. The staff at both are dedicated and caring, and they - along with Ellie's indomitable spirit - is why she lived such a full life while undergoing treatment.

We are so pleased to have been able to do this. And we would like to make it an annual event. If you would care to help us in this, or in our other charitable efforts, please consider making a donation to the Fund.