Robin Williams Memorial Fund
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.
(Updated Sept 2015 in the wake of changes made to Bostons Tree/Bench Donation Program)
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. In the wake of recent changes to pricing we are also looking at the alternative of planting a tree over the currently claimed bench with its own plaque in Mr Williams honor.
I am resolute in continuing to raise funds for this until satisfactory completion and the placement of an appropriate memorial.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.
We're still here. Not exactly close to funded.
But I'm not giving up and the moneys not going anywhere until we have success or at least a suitable means of remembrance in its place.
Make your lives spectacular.
No. I have no given up. The pricing changes are absolutely a huge setback but I am resolute.
I'm weighing options and alternatives, trying to find that light at the end of the tunnel here on how to proceed.
I'll keep you all up to date as best I can.
I thought I'd have some wordy speech. Instead I just find myself at home watching his movies and standup and just missing the man.
We've experienced a good deal of new donations since the Boston.com publication. Despite the setbacks from the pricing changes this isn't going anywhere and neither am I.
We'll get this done. No matter how long it takes.
Thank you to all our new folks as well as all of you who have supported us to this point. Keep sharing, Keep smiling..
It turns out the documentation I was provided for the Tree & Bench donation program was wrong despite it being hosted on the cityofboston.gov website... Only when I was attempting to start hashing out final details did this come to light. I can't say it's anyones fault, and I'm trying to not be upset by this turn of events. But here is where things now stand.
A new bench is impossible as the Friends of the Public Garden (who coordinate donations) is not accepting applications for new benches at this time.
The bench we would have attempted to dedicate (the one in the image) is not even a year into a 15 year tenure now, which means we cannot place a plaque there as the space is "claimed".
In addition, the prices of all of these things are far higher in the "new" version of this pdf than what I was originally told a year ago. A pre-existing bench is 5k... As would be a non-canopy tree.
I'm disheartened and I feel like despite being misled there were probably a thousand ways I could have somehow prevented being so mis-educated (despite the fact that this wrong pdf is one of the first results in a basic google search).
I am not sure "how" I will proceed since I feel like it is asking a lot for us all to raise 2k more than originally planned... Plan B will be forthcoming in the event that a resolution is not found.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions. This is as much all of yours as it is mine.
I'm very sorry. While I know there was little I could do to prevent where this has gone, I still feel awful when we had just crossed the threshold of being 50% complete.
Rob, have you considered looking into putting the memorial elsewhere? what about BHCC - where Williams' character taught in the movie, or how about some other location that is significant to the film? - just a consideration as I think your efforts and your idea to do this is a good one and I'd hate to see it end with this unforeseen roadblock.
Hey Jaime! Thanks for pointing that out, I had actually screwed up the URL in the profile (my apologies) It's been corrected but here, as well, is the facebook page link. https://www.facebook.com/rememberanceandawareness
The link to the Facebook page doesn't appear to be working. I am interested in joining. Can you please let me know where to go? Thanks!
It would be really cool if you could hire an artist to do more than just a plaque to commemorate RW. To cultivate the space to remind those who are struggling they aren't alone. Love this was thinking this myself!