When Donna M. Crandall died in 2000, her family decided to honor her memory by making life a little sweeter for local people affected by cystic fibrosis (CF). They never dreamed that just nine years later, together with friends, family and community supporters, they would have raised $1 million to achieve that goal. “It is tremendous to think that our humble intentions have grown to this extent,” said David Crandall, Donna’s husband. “Over the years we have been
amazed by the consistent generosity and enthusiasm of our supporters. I don’t think any of us could have imagined
it would lead to this.”
This achievement enables the Foundation to not only make life “a little sweeter,” but to fill a critical gap in the CF community by providing meaningful financial assistance for those in need.
While the Foundation hosts only one official event, the Emerald Eve gala, which last year brought in a record $110,000, individuals and small groups organized fundraisers throughout the year that made a significant contribution to the Foundation’s bottom line. In fact, Lori Jenkins, treasurer and Donna’s sister-in-law, reports that the Border-to-Border in 24 Snowmobile Ride (B2BN24) held in February pushed the Foundation
over the million-dollar landmark ( click here for more information on the B2BN24).
Whether through fund-raising efforts such as swim-athons or “Dress-Down Days”, or by creating quilts for newborns or baking Christmas cookies at the holidays, it is individuals sharing their time, treasure and talents in meaningful ways that have helped the Foundation meet its goals.
“These dedicated individuals truly make up the backbone of the Foundation,” said Lori. “We couldn’t have done it without them.”
Posted on: November 23, 2009