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.
This will be one of my last updates but I wanted to make sure folks knew what was going on.
Recently GoFundMe changed something about how funds themselves are handled, opting for some third party called WePay I was contacted and told I needed to provide a mailing address for a check or risk the whole thing being shut down for non-compliance.
Upon doing so I was mailed a check for the current amount of the drive minus GFMs cut, around $1600.
Sufficed to say this makes me uncomfortable. I started this with a goal that seems every few months to get pushed further and further back. Boston Public Gardens is looking to raise the price on tree/plaque/bench placements in the next year which will push the goalpost even further.
I could keep badgering people to participate, share and donate... All the while I'd be getting sent monthly checks to be deposited in my personal accounts.
I feel this puts me in a position, stress-wise, I must admit I was simply not prepared for.
I said a few updates ago that were this to go by the wayside I would gather all the funds we had accrued and donate it to a worthwhile charity. This is what I will be pursuing. There is a charity called Extra life (extra-life.org) which raises funds for Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals by encouraging gamers to run a 24hr marathon of gaming.
This will be my 4th year participating running a team of currently 12 people.
My intention as of now is to donate the amount I've received to the charity, in Robins name, and close this gofundme account to as to bring closure.
We tried... I can only say that. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported this endeavor; for your support, your shares, your kind words and encouragement. I hope this resolution is amenable as I feel it is appropriate given his love of children and also videogames as well.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns. I will keep this open until 11/5 (when extra life itself ends for this years cycle) then I will be closing the campaign.
My thanks, and my apologies. I'm sorry I was not able to make this happen for folks.
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..
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!