the power of good

ImagesI rarely use this blog to write about events worth supporting.  Everyone has an organization that they support, in one way or another, and once a year there is always some type of function or fundraising effort.  I applaud everyone for supporting something they are passionate about in their lives that gives back in some way to the community. 

Today I am going to promote an event that not only is important but this particular organization was established because of a terrible tragedy.  I actually have a hard time putting typing these words without tears coming to my eyes.  Last December there was a tragic fire in North Stamford where a house went up quickly in flames.  It was a tragedy of significant errors and 3 young sisters including their Grandparents died.  Left standing, was their father, Matt Badger.  They were staying at his x-wifes home on Christmas Eve.  She survived the fire.

Matt has worked with my brother for more than a decade.  When we found out the news, we were all shell-shocked.  How can you even begin to process what had happened.  All of our hearts ached and still ache for Matt. 

In the aftermath, Matt put his energies into something good, something that allowed him to heal.  He did not want his daughters to be forgotten.  He set up a foundation called LilySarahGrace to support the thing his daughters loved most, the arts.  The money that this organization raises will go directly into supporting the arts in public elementaries across the country. 

Giving back always makes me feel good.  It is the power of that which will hopefully help Matt get up everyday and turn this heartbreaking tragedy into something good for other young girls around the country who have a passion for the art.