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Ela Deniz Memorial Fund

$36,765 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 656 people in 1 month
Created December 11, 2018
Erica Toothman
on behalf of Laurel Friedman
Together with the Friedman family, we are raising funds in honor of Ela Deniz, beloved daughter of Laurel Friedman. It is the wish of Ela's mother to memorialize her spirit in an outdoor space with a park or park bench, as Ela so loved to walk in nature.

UPDATE:  While no formal arrangements have been made as the family grieves,  we do know that this money will not only go to memorializing Ela, but also used to help children and families in need in our community. Thank you so much for your generous support and we ask that you continue to make waves for victims and survivors of domestic violence everywhere.
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Posted by Erica Toothman
1 month ago
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From Ela’s loving mother, Laurel:

Thank you all immensely for your words of support. I am finding tremendous comfort in the messages we are receiving here and elsewhere. Thank you, also, for the contributions you have made to Ela's memorial fund. I was blown away when I learned what was happening. The contributions and associated comments have provided me a glimmer of hope in the depths of unbearable despair. I will use these funds to memorialize Ela. But I also plan to dedicate them to serving the needs of children and families in our community. When I am able to stand again, I will begin developing a mission and look for grants to help boost this wellspring into something that I hope will ease the burdens of at least a few others. If you are so inspired, you might also consider donating time or other resources to local organizations in your own communities that serve victims of abuse and domestic violence.

With love and immense gratitude,

Laurel (and family)
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Update 2
Posted by Erica Toothman
1 month ago
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UPDATE: While no formal arrangements have been made as the family grieves, we do know that this money will not only go to memorializing Ela, but also used to help children and families in need in our community. Thank you so much for your generous support and we ask that you continue to make waves for victims and survivors of domestic violence everywhere.
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Update 1
Posted by Erica Toothman
1 month ago
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Hello everyone. We are amazed and humbled at the support you have shown! The Friedman family wishes to extend to you their most heartfelt thanks. In response, they have asked us to pass along the following: “The money raised will not only be used to memorialize Ela but also in service of children and families in need. The sheer number of donations has provided immense comfort in these dark times.”

Thank you everyone. We will be posting updates as they emerge — Ela’s legacy will be a force for the betterment of children and families.
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$36,765 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 656 people in 1 month
Created December 11, 2018
Erica Toothman
on behalf of Laurel Friedman
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