Save ARTIE T CUSTOMER AD

$21,731 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 854 people in 26 months
There has been a lot of speculation in the media that we, the loyal Market Basket customers have been boycotting due to associate protests.  This fund is to set the record straight!  To raise the funds to take a full page ad out in the Lowell Sun to let the BOD know we are 100% behind Market Basket associates, reinstating Artie T, and will not shop at Market Basket until he's back. 
We are the customers of Market Basket!  We cannot be fired, we QUIT! 
All funds raised that go over the cost of the ad will be donated to the warehouse workers and fired associates.

Thank you's to Daria Stu Koudriacheva who contacted the Lowell Sun, Jaymie Stuart Wolfe who provided the Copy, Denise Walsh who set up the Go Fund Me Site, Kerri Costa for being our Twitter Extraordinaire and Christa Lamb for the Graphic Design Skills. And a big thank you to Lacy Heffel who was a great Project Manager.
And a special thank you to everyone who has donated, this couldn't have been done without any of us.
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Update 10
23 months ago

If you are opposed to your donation being redirected to Bella’s lawyer for her recovery, please make a request for your donation to be refunded. GoFundMe/Wepay rules state a refund will be honored if requested within 90 days from the date of your donation. This leaves 4 - 7 days (depending on the day of your donation) to make your request.

To request a refund please send your request in an email to: support@gofundme.com.

Thank you,
Denise


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Update 9
23 months ago

To request a refund please send your request in an email to: support@gofundme.com.

Thank you.
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Update 8
23 months ago

October 17, 2014

New GoFundMe update:

The original plan with this fund was to pay for the Lowell Sun ad and any additional funds were to go to the Warehouse/Truck Driver fund. On August 4, 2014, this Ad fund was closed and the monies were sent out to pay for the ad and the balance was mailed to the Warehouse/Truck driver fund. Unfortunately, not having an awareness of IRS tax rules. The warehouse fund could not accept the check for $16,655.31. IRS rules state that a max of $14,000.00 can be donated by any individual. Although these funds came from many, the IRS see's the donation as only from me (the signature on the check). I received the check back from the warehouse fund a couple weeks later, stating this IRS issue and I was welcome to reissue a check for $14,000.00. I immediately reached out (on the FaceBook page) Save Artie T and Market Basket, for someone from the warehouse fund to contact me. At that point the Warehouse GoFundMe page had already been closed down. In a day or two I did talk to a Warehouse fund representative. I was told over the phone, that the drivers/workers were back to work, and the funds were not really needed. He also stated, if I sent another check for the IRS maximum of $14,000.00 after the split, each worker/driver would receive about $20.00 each and it would be an accounting nightmare. They, at the warehouse fund thought the funds would be better used elsewhere and suggested that I send the $14,000.00 to Bella (the 12 year girl who was hit by a car while boycotting in front of one of the stores). I contacted Bella's mother and lawyer and found that there was indeed a great need for financial help. The funds were redirected to help with Bella's recovery. Again, due to the IRS rules, and trying to avoid any future issues with taxes, I sent a check for $14,000.00 to Bella and her mom. The remaining funds I was to send to the lawyer to help pay some of Bella's medical bills.

After posting the new plan on both Market Basket FaceBook pages on October 2, 2014, there was a major backlash for not following the original plan. Although, there were many negative comments posted about the funds going to Amy (Bella's mother) for Bella's care. Many more comments came to me that were positive. I did put a stop payment on the Treasurers check and did not send the remaining funds to Bella’s lawyer, as there were a small number of donors who wanted and requested a refund.

Due to the stop payment on the $14,000.00 Treasurers check, bank rules have imposed a three month freeze on the funds. The funds will not be available until early January.

The Warehouse fund representative I have been speaking with has stated repeatedly they cannot accept the funds and would like to see the excess funds donated to the care of Bella. Bella was hit by a car as a direct result of supporting the boycott at a New Hampshire store with her grandmother (an associate of Market Basket). Bella’s recovery is slow and she will endure another surgery next week. Also, Bella's mom had to leave her job soon after the accident to care for Bella at home.

Due to the backlash concerning the funds going directly to Bella’s mother, I have spoken to Bella’s attorney and he is willing to accept the funds and disperse them only for Bella’s needs.

If you are opposed to your donation being redirected to Bella’s lawyer for her recovery, please make a request for your donation to be refunded. GoFundMe rules state a refund will be honored if requested within 90 days from the date of your donation. This leaves 10-11 days to make your request.

I would like to thank everyone again for such a successful Ad campaign!

Denise



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Update 7
24 months ago

Sorry for the confusion with my last update. While trying to post an update, I found that parts it were missing, despite trying to fix it a couple of times. Unfortunately, there isn't a preview post option.

New update on the excess funds to follow.
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Gloria Holland
23 months ago

I do NOT want a refund. Please give it to Bella to help her.

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Carol Gulla
23 months ago

I'm glad to have my donation go to Bella ' s family to help them cover what must be overwhelming expenses. Wishing them all the best.

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Moose Lewis
23 months ago

Keep what we were able to give and hopefully it will get to Bella and her mum

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Amy Parker Norander
23 months ago

Such a said state of affairs! Don't be discouraged by the few, continue to act as you have with heart and dedication. But to be honest, I am most comfortable with the attorney having the funds to disperse as he agrees with. Although I have no doubt Bella's mom would act responsible, I can understand some having issues with it. I think this is the best of the whole situation: we have our MB back, the truck drivers are working, we have Artie T back, Bella's expenses and potential future needs are lessened. No refund needed here!

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Quentin Lewis
23 months ago

So sorry that this had become so difficult for you. I appreciate you trying to do a good thing and I think you will put the money toward a worthy cause....no refund for me. Thanks for getting involved and trying to do a good thing.

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Inez Steele
23 months ago

Please keep my money. Sorry that there is all this confusion. It will work out. Thank you for everything you have done and all the time you have devoted to this.

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Susan Davis
23 months ago

It was a privilege to donate. It is with gratitude for all of the positive outcomes from the Market Basket boycott that I without reservation support the distribution of funds to Bella. Shame on those who don't see the connection.

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Jan Marden
23 months ago

No refund all good

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Kathy Mills
23 months ago

No refund here either. You did an outstanding job with this. Sorry you had so much grief for a while. Bottom line; We have our Market Baskets back !!!!!! Thank you for your hard work, Denise.

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Dotty Dixon
23 months ago

My goodness....the IRS has it's hands in EVERYTHING ! I guess we've all learned something about fund raising and tax laws. I was one of the earliest to fund the ad. It did its job and I accept the plan to turn the funds over to the Attorney for Bella's care.

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Jeanneen Shaw
23 months ago

Please send my funds to Bella. I do not want a refund.

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Brian Barbre
23 months ago

Denise: I am so sorry for the headache you have gotten for your well- intended act of charity. Please use my money for Bella. Shame on the people who have criticized you for getting caught in the middle. Meanwhile, isn't it nice to shop at Market Basket again. Almost hard to believe the Artie T strike ever happened. So glad it ended as it di.

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Gloria Holland
23 months ago

I cannot believe that people want their money back. Please, please use the money to help this little Bella. She will be in my prayers as she struggles to recover. God Bless you, too, for all you have been through, for trying to do a good deed.

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Juli Lederhaus
23 months ago

Please give the money to Bella in any way you can. I do not want a refund. God bless you for taking on this task!

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Debra Wojnarowski
23 months ago

OMG....no good deed goes unpunished.....DO NOT send me a refund...Denise please take care of Bella and her caregivers... the wearhouse workers have spoken

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Judith Kingsley Langone
23 months ago

I AM SURE YOU WILL DO THE RIGHT THING WITH THE DONATIONS. I GAVE TO A GREAT CAUSE WHEN YOU NEEDED HELP. I DO NOT LIVE NEAR A MARKET BASKET BUT I WAS WITH YOU ALL. IT IS TO BAD IT BECAME A LEGAL/TAX MESS TRYING TO HELP OTHERS. Denise, Thank you for all your hard work and caring for others.

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Celie Cruz
25 months ago

but wait! i want to contribute!

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Rosanna Marie
26 months ago

How many ads will be running and when?

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Allan MacLellan
26 months ago

The customer is the final word for every company. I am a 50 year customer. I will not spend a dime until Artie T returns. Even if it gets sold to another chain.I will boycott that chain. We are winning this. MB is losing millions per day. And problems mount. Keep it up!

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Jim Ducette
26 months ago

I support Artie T., and all Market Basket workers. But I still must shop there. My food dollar only goes so far, and I need the savings that Market Basket has always offered. When I went there. There was no disrespect from ANY workers, or supporters outside. This is why Market Basket must remain whole. The sheer friendship of all workers. Makes Market Basket the best place for food shopping, PERIOD! I hope to continue to shop there. Bring back Artie T! And end this feud.

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$21,731 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 854 people in 26 months
Created July 31, 2014
EV
$50
Eugenia Vieira
26 months ago

I too will not shop at Market Basket again unless Artie T. and all the employees return to their positions. I support them all 100% for their courage in this very important cause.

$50
Anonymous
26 months ago
RP
$20
Rik Pierce
26 months ago
$10
Anonymous
26 months ago
SW
$20
Sandy Wertz
26 months ago
$10
Anonymous
26 months ago
JL
$10
Juli Lederhaus
26 months ago

I will not return to Market Basket until Artie T is back at the helm.

GO
$25
Georgineo ONeill
26 months ago
AJ
$25
Ann Johnson
26 months ago
BC
$50
Bernard Caputo
26 months ago

Good management should know that the customers come first, closely followed by well treated, loyal, long term employees. The current board exhibits nothing but greed and self interest. If they win they will destroy a great Co & I will never shop @ MB again.

Gloria Holland
23 months ago

I do NOT want a refund. Please give it to Bella to help her.

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Carol Gulla
23 months ago

I'm glad to have my donation go to Bella ' s family to help them cover what must be overwhelming expenses. Wishing them all the best.

+ Read More
Moose Lewis
23 months ago

Keep what we were able to give and hopefully it will get to Bella and her mum

+ Read More
Amy Parker Norander
23 months ago

Such a said state of affairs! Don't be discouraged by the few, continue to act as you have with heart and dedication. But to be honest, I am most comfortable with the attorney having the funds to disperse as he agrees with. Although I have no doubt Bella's mom would act responsible, I can understand some having issues with it. I think this is the best of the whole situation: we have our MB back, the truck drivers are working, we have Artie T back, Bella's expenses and potential future needs are lessened. No refund needed here!

+ Read More
Quentin Lewis
23 months ago

So sorry that this had become so difficult for you. I appreciate you trying to do a good thing and I think you will put the money toward a worthy cause....no refund for me. Thanks for getting involved and trying to do a good thing.

+ Read More
Inez Steele
23 months ago

Please keep my money. Sorry that there is all this confusion. It will work out. Thank you for everything you have done and all the time you have devoted to this.

+ Read More
Susan Davis
23 months ago

It was a privilege to donate. It is with gratitude for all of the positive outcomes from the Market Basket boycott that I without reservation support the distribution of funds to Bella. Shame on those who don't see the connection.

+ Read More
Jan Marden
23 months ago

No refund all good

+ Read More
Kathy Mills
23 months ago

No refund here either. You did an outstanding job with this. Sorry you had so much grief for a while. Bottom line; We have our Market Baskets back !!!!!! Thank you for your hard work, Denise.

+ Read More
Dotty Dixon
23 months ago

My goodness....the IRS has it's hands in EVERYTHING ! I guess we've all learned something about fund raising and tax laws. I was one of the earliest to fund the ad. It did its job and I accept the plan to turn the funds over to the Attorney for Bella's care.

+ Read More
Jeanneen Shaw
23 months ago

Please send my funds to Bella. I do not want a refund.

+ Read More
Brian Barbre
23 months ago

Denise: I am so sorry for the headache you have gotten for your well- intended act of charity. Please use my money for Bella. Shame on the people who have criticized you for getting caught in the middle. Meanwhile, isn't it nice to shop at Market Basket again. Almost hard to believe the Artie T strike ever happened. So glad it ended as it di.

+ Read More
Gloria Holland
23 months ago

I cannot believe that people want their money back. Please, please use the money to help this little Bella. She will be in my prayers as she struggles to recover. God Bless you, too, for all you have been through, for trying to do a good deed.

+ Read More
Juli Lederhaus
23 months ago

Please give the money to Bella in any way you can. I do not want a refund. God bless you for taking on this task!

+ Read More
Debra Wojnarowski
23 months ago

OMG....no good deed goes unpunished.....DO NOT send me a refund...Denise please take care of Bella and her caregivers... the wearhouse workers have spoken

+ Read More
Judith Kingsley Langone
23 months ago

I AM SURE YOU WILL DO THE RIGHT THING WITH THE DONATIONS. I GAVE TO A GREAT CAUSE WHEN YOU NEEDED HELP. I DO NOT LIVE NEAR A MARKET BASKET BUT I WAS WITH YOU ALL. IT IS TO BAD IT BECAME A LEGAL/TAX MESS TRYING TO HELP OTHERS. Denise, Thank you for all your hard work and caring for others.

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Celie Cruz
25 months ago

but wait! i want to contribute!

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Rosanna Marie
26 months ago

How many ads will be running and when?

+ Read More
Allan MacLellan
26 months ago

The customer is the final word for every company. I am a 50 year customer. I will not spend a dime until Artie T returns. Even if it gets sold to another chain.I will boycott that chain. We are winning this. MB is losing millions per day. And problems mount. Keep it up!

+ Read More
Jim Ducette
26 months ago

I support Artie T., and all Market Basket workers. But I still must shop there. My food dollar only goes so far, and I need the savings that Market Basket has always offered. When I went there. There was no disrespect from ANY workers, or supporters outside. This is why Market Basket must remain whole. The sheer friendship of all workers. Makes Market Basket the best place for food shopping, PERIOD! I hope to continue to shop there. Bring back Artie T! And end this feud.

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