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 Woburn 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.