It's been a while since I've checked in here.
Partly this was to keep from seeming like I was spamming folks.
Partly was due to a number of life things occurring all at once.
With my vacation now over, and my charity work with Extra Life done for another year my attentions turn back to this.
I will be trying to send out bi-weekly updates if I have new information. For now we are still at $1,375 of the approx $3,250 we would need.
I have not touched these funds, and won't, until we either succeed at the total goal, or find a compromise utilizing what funds we have accrued thusfar.
There you have it then. Please consider sharing this page and spreading the word. I still believe we can find a permanent home for this legend in the fair city of Boston.
We heartily extend our welcome to Zelda Williams for returning to the "internet at large" after peoples abhorrent treatment of her after Robins passing.
I am working to establish contact through whatever means I can (it's a work in progress) in order to obtain her opinion on potential avenues to proceed.
The current consensus I'm receiving is to simply keep this memorial running until the goal is reached. As of right now, that is my plan. Persistence until success.
Please continue to share with friends and family. Tweet, Tumbl, post to reddit and Facebook.
I thank you all, as always, for your continued support.
Find strength in adversity and, as always, keep smiling people.
Another 7 days have come and gone. Traffic here has slowed but we are gaining membership at the facebook page which will hopefully help spread the word and propel us towards our goal.
I've begun mulling over "Plan B" in case this goal becomes unachievable and am open to feedback. Should we donate these funds to an appropriate charity if it becomes apparent that the goal itself won't be reached?
Is there another way we can see him remembered using the funds we have available here?
Let me know folks, this is as much your project as it is mine.
Our weekly update:
We're at 41.54% of our goal and still trucking along. This week my focus has been on trying to get media attention on our project and am waiting to see if anything takes hold.
In the meanwhile we've had some new faces on our Facebook page and more donations and shares.
I hope everyone has had the chance to look at the tribute Billy Crystal did as it was rather touching and befitting Robins memory.
Please continue to share and support this page and spread the word to family and friends. With luck and love we'll get to this goal before we know it and solidify his memory and struggle in the city of Boston.
Thanks everyone. Keep smiling.
It's been a week. One week since we all started on this little project together.
As of now we are 40% funded. Obviously things have slowed down a little bit but new people add themselves to this cause here and on our Facebook page almost daily.
To all of you new folks, welcome! You have my sincerest thanks for your encouragement and donations towards this endeavor.
Please keep sharing, lets continue to circulate this page and get this project funded! (Within reason of course... Let's not spam our friends and family)
I'm going to stick to weekly updates going forward so I don't clog everyones inboxes. I can also be reached through this site if any of you have any questions.
My thanks, again, for your support. Let's make this happen!
My thanks to those joining us here. Things may have "slowed" a bit but I am not deterred. This is obtainable.
I am off to visit the site of the temporary memorial in Boston with some friends and am actually meeting up with Nick who sorta started that whole thing when he had the great idea to pay his respects at the park. I'm hoping to bring more public attention to this drive as well as discuss more ways this could grow.
As always thank you for your continued support. Keep sharing if you can. Take care.
In two very short days we have raised just over a third of this goal. It's beyond amazing.
The rain this past evening has undoubtedly washed the paths of the Boston Public Garden clean of the many touching goodbyes and memories that were written there by the little memorials visitors.
Friday a group of us are headed back to re-chalk the site and to spread awareness of this campaign. It has grown, in my mind, to be about more than just the passing of an idol who brought joy and laughter to millions. It has become, as well, about raising awareness about the issues he faced and the battle he fought. Depending upon where this ends up in terms of funding it may be possible for this memorial to be a bit more, like a place for inflection; a place to think; a place where we remind people that though things may seem bleak, there are more days of sunshine ahead and there are many who will help you reach those days.
Lets make those who do not fight that battle aware of its perils and guide them to help those who do. And lets show those who do fight this battle every day across the entire world that they are not alone.
And in Boston, lets build a place for them to find strength and for all of us to remember.
You all have done a lot for me in this. Your actions and kindness were a motivation and an inspiration. I thank you.
Thank you Liz for the suggestion.
At first I was actually one of those who wanted to have a bench with bronze statue in the place where the iconic movie scene actually happened. Upon talking to Bostons Park and & Rec department (nice people btw) they informed me it is a long process that can take up to years of constant meetings and attention to complete. He showed me this route as one that is already easily sanctioned by the city and the Public Garden. If enough is raised I would love to actually put up a NEW bench with a tree as a place for people to reflect and collect.
The sky is the limit with this in the end, it all comes down to how many folks we reach and how we can work together to not only celebrate this mans life, but to try and help others fighting the same battle he did.
Thank you again for your support everyone. We are over a quarter to the initial goal. Keep smiling.
This is picking up steam so much faster than I ever imagined it would... It has been less than 8 hours and we are over $500...
I find myself thinking about where this can go. How far and how much of a positive influence can this coming together have...
This should and must be about more than just my (and others) losing a hero and idol. It must be about awareness... It must be about the language of compassion... My hero lost his battle with depression.. It is a battle fought in many ways by MANY people.
It is a battlefield that rages on day in and day out... How can we ally with those fighting this battle? How can you reach out? How can we, not as a nation but as human beings take steps to offer that much needed hand to our brothers and sisters and remind them that all is NOT darkness, and all hope is not lost.
Think on that... I will think on how this message can become a movement... Join me in doing so.
Lets make this huge; lets make this a phenomenon. Lets shout this to all who will listen. Not to make sure the funds get raised but to join the fight with those who struggle and show them they are not alone.
You have so much of my love and respect, all of you who have taken time to donate or even just to bounce the signal. I am humbled and relieved; because I don't feel so alone in this anymore.
There is a bench in the Boston Garden we all have seen before in the movie Good Will Hunting. There Robin Williams sat with Matt Damon and delivered a monologue to be remembered.
I would like to ensure that he is forever rememebered, and while the bench itself is no longer in the Public Garden, that shouldn't stop us from seeing if we cannot have a permanent monument to someone who touched so many lives.
The City of Boston has a program for Tree/Bench donation. You can find the PDF here:
This fund would allow for the placement of a memorial plaque at the space where Robin Williams sat during this film to memorialize his tragic passing.
The costs are associated with the purchase of the plaque, which is $3000 for placement at a pre-existing bench. The extra is towards the fees incurred by the site and any related taxes that may be encountered that are unforseen. In the case that a plaque cannot be placed we will plant a tree over the site of the temporary memorial (the associated costs are the same).
I am hoping to meet this cost and file to have the plaque/tree placed in coming months (they place plaques/trees on a Fall/Spring schedule). If there are additional funds I may commission a tree planted in his honor over the bench, make donations to charities that he supported (such as St Jude, Comedy Relief and many others) or something else appropriate to his memory. If, somehow, a benchmark of 10k is reached I will (per the pdf above) have a new bench placed and dedicated in his name at the actual site of the film Good Will Huntings famous Boston scene. If, for any reason, the funds are simply unable to be raised in order to complete the formal memorial I will gauge donor interest for a secondary option or will make a donation to one of the charities Robin Williams regularly supported (such as St Judes Childrens Hospital or Comedy Relief)
Let us remember his life and cherish the gifts he gave. Let this memorial be a place for collection and thought on the true value of human life and to remember those who battle depression and mental illness and offer them our support.
In the name of 100% transparency. We have all seen how tragedy can be abused for personal gain. I can understand and even respect criticism. So let me be as truthful as I can.
My name is Robert Blache, a resident of Quincy Massachusetts. While I have no direct relationship to Robin Williams I, like many others, have been directly affected by his message and life. He brought a great deal of joy to me in times where I thought there was none. I never had the opportunity and honor of personally thanking him for that, but with this, I intend to do what I can in his memory. If you want to reach me with any questions/concerns/suggestions, feel free to contact me through gofundme. I will respond as soon as I am able to any messages I recieve.
I have also established a facebook group as a memorial and point of contact. www.facebook.com/rememberanceandawareness. Feel free to join us and share your memories and well wishes.