Memorial Tree for Andy DelVesco

$8,180 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 188 people in 24 months
My name is Jessica and I have created this fund on behalf of my cherished late friend, Andy DelVesco. 

Andy and her loyal dog, Shay Panda, tragically had their lives cut short on September 21, 2015 at our apartment in Westwood, CA. Andy and Shay's sudden passing affected so many lives and has left us all with an indescribable amount of devastation, confusion, and grief. In the past 7 months, we have not had a place to go to mourn Andy's loss and remember her magical spirit by, so I wanted to change that. 

Andy was a senior at UCLA and had a passion for people, animals, nature, and traveling. She was a truly incredible individual who continuously demonstrated positivity, compassion, inclusiveness, loyalty, friendship, and love to everyone she met. Her beloved companion, Shay, joined Andy in her quest to comfort others and make them smile. Among many valuable lessons, Andy taught us how important it is to embrace each day and turn it into an adventure--just as she did.  

After many months of discussion with UCLA faculty which led me to realize how difficult a student memorial would be to implement, I am humbled and excited to bring good news! UCLA has agreed to set up the Tree Adoption Program at the UCLA Mathias Botanical Garden, one of Andy's favorite spots on campus. This dedication program is the first of its kind and will give us and others the opportunity to remember our loved ones by for years to come. We are very grateful to UCLA.  

The Tree Adoption Program will enable us to dedicate an iconic tree, plaque, and interpretive environmental education and conservation panel in Andy's honor. I truly believe Andy's memorial tree will be a beautiful way for her dear family and friends to visit and remember her by.  UCLA has requested a $7,500 donation to support the memorial, as well as Botanical Garden development and maintenance. Please join me in raising money over the next couple weeks for a cause that I so dearly believe in--allowing Andy's loving spirit to continue bringing happiness and inspiration to others through nature for years to come. And, most importantly, this memorial will serve as one of the greatest gifts we can give the wonderful DelVesco family in Austin, TX, who cherished and loved Andy so much. 

Andy loved spreading joy and making others happy--she was and will always be our beautiful ray of sunshine. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting Andy 's memorial. 




With love and gratitude,
Jessica
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Andy's Tree Memorial will be completed on Sep. 2nd and we will be holding a dedication ceremony on Saturday, Sep. 3rd. I invite all family and friends to help me in celebrating the life of the most amazing person!

Please spread the word - all are welcome!

Details:

When: Saturday, September 3rd
Where: Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden - UCLA Campus
***We will have UCLA Staff near the entrance of the Garden to point out the specific location of Andy's Tree.

1:00PM Botanical Garden tour - led by UCLA Staff (Starts at the Nest)
2:30PM Ceremony at Andy's Tree (Dawn Redwood)
4:00PM Refreshments on Patio

The ceremony will be casual. My hope is that we can all share a couple stories of her contagious spirit and the impact she made.

I am so thankful for everyone's encouragement and UCLA's support in helping me make this Tree Adoption Memorial Program a reality! I could not have done it without all of your help and I am so grateful that Andy can remain a part of our campus forever. ♥
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Hi everyone!

I wanted to thank you all again for your kindness in donating to Andy's Memorial Tree fund. Your support means the world to me and I am so excited that Andy can be a part of the UCLA campus forever.

We are expecting the memorial plaque to be installed at the end of August or early September in the Botanical Garden. Afterwards, we will have a dedication ceremony at Andy's tree. Friends and family are more than welcome to join in celebration of Andy's beautiful spirit and life at that time.

I will send an additional update once the date has been finalized. Again, thank you so much for helping me make this happen!

Love,
Jessica

And on behalf of UCLA:

UCLA and the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden greatly appreciate the generosity of Andy’s family and friends. We hope that you will all come to visit Andy’s adopted tree and that as you remember your wonderful friend you will enjoy the beauty and peace that drew Andy to the UCLA Botanical Garden.

Sincerely yours,
Phil Rundel and Wendy Morris
Director Director of Programs
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Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to this memorial campaign--I am so grateful and humbled to witness the impact Andy had on so many lives.

We have officially reached our goal and are beginning the process of setting up Andy's dedication tree and plaque! I will personally withdraw the full amount of donations received through GoFundMe, and will be writing a check for this amount sent directly to the UCLA Foundation. We are hoping to have the memorial set up very soon!

With sincere gratitude and love,
Jessica
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Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to this memorial campaign--I am so grateful and humbled to witness the impact Andy had on so many lives.

We have officially reached our goal and are beginning the process of setting up Andy's dedication tree and plaque! I will personally withdraw the full amount of donations received through GoFundMe, and will be writing a check for this amount sent directly to the UCLA Foundation. We are hoping to have the memorial set up very soon!

With sincere gratitude and love,

Jessica
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Raised by 188 people in 24 months
Created April 21, 2016
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TOSCA GRUBER
18 months ago

LOVE AND PRAY FOR YOU ALL EVERY DAY!

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23 months ago
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23 months ago

Love you Andrea!

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