Edgewater Remembers

$4,000 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 68 people in 38 months
Iris Tirri
on behalf of Winter Gabriel
 EDGEWATER, NJ
http://www.northjersey.com/news/friends-remember-luminous-girl-loving-mom-in-tribute-to-slain-edgewater-family-1.1493180
http://www.fios1news.com/newjersey/edgewater-murder-suicide-victims-remembered#.VqfS6q3Sljo 

http://www.northjersey.com/arts-and-entertainment/music/guitars-donated-in-memory-of-mellie-stasko-1.1510847

We are a small group of mothers who have come together to show our children and community that peace will always prevail. As parents who are building a safe and loving community in Edgewater, we wanted to come together in peace to remember both Mellie and Melisa.

We are raising money for guitars to be donated to the Edgewater Public Library, a place that Mellie and her mother Melisa loved and frequented.  Mellie  loved music and her guitar lessons which took place at the library. These guitars will be a testament to Mellie's life and her passion for guitar and music. The library currently does not have any guitars. These instruments will allow more children the ability to enjoy and learn music as Mellie did.
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Thank you so much to everyone who was able to attend the guitar donation at the library today. Thank you to Axetreme Creations for the beautiful plaques adorning each guitar and, to Trader Joe's and Acme for their generous food donations. Our superintendent of the Edgewater school district was there and, said some very kind words. The library director and staff were thrilled with the instruments. Several of Melisa's coworkers and, friends came to show to their support as well as her cousins. I felt the greatest gift of the afternoon was watching the children enjoy strumming the guitars. Below is the speech I gave for those family and friends near and, far who could not be there in person today.

I would like to start by thanking all of the donors who made this guitar donation possible. It is with your great generosity that these guitars will touch the hearts of young musicians for years to come. This fundraiser would not have been possible without the tireless support of several women in the room today. Sandy, Irina, Winter and, Anna Maria thank you. The task at hand was not always an easy one and, many times emotions ran high. For your compassion and, bravery I thank you. Thank you to the library for hosting us and, creating a program where a young girl could come and be swept away in her instrument.

A library is a very special place. It accepts everyone and, allows its patrons to become someone else entirely. A character in a good book or, a rock and roll star in a music class.

In the last several days I lost someone very close to me. It has been in his absence that I began reflecting on this guitar program even more deeply. His was a life cut too short as was, Melisa and Mellie's. It is so important to remember those we love and lose. These guitars are a testament to little Mellie and, her vibrant beautiful life. I feel it important to also remember Melisa today. She was an entrepreneur, a breast cancer survivor and, a mother who loved her daughter fiercely. I can feel their smiles in this room.

I know each time a song is learned by a young boy or girl the memory of Melisa and Mellie and, their love for one another will be carried on, not to be forgotten. I would like to close with an excerpt from a poem By; Robert Frost entitled "Birches".

It's when I'm weary of considerations,


And life is too much like a pathless wood


Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs


Broken across it, and one eye is weeping


From a twig's having lashed across it open.


I'd like to get away from earth awhile


And then come back to it and begin over.


May no fate willfully misunderstand me


And half grant what I wish and snatch me away


Not to return. Earth's the right place for love:


I don't know where it's likely to go better.


I'd like to go by climbing a birch tree,


And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk


Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more,


But dipped its top and set me down again.


That would be good both going and coming back.


One could do worse than be a swinger of birches




Thank you, Edgewater Remembers.
Guitars were donated today!
A few of Mellie's friends
Melisa and Mellie's cousins came
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I am proud to update our campaign today on behalf of Edgewater Remembers. A date to donate the long awaited guitars has been set for Monday December 5th at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. A ceremony will take place at the Edgewater Public Library. Light refreshments will be served and all are invited to attend. We are looking forward to seeing donors, the community of Edgewater and, friends and family of Mellie and Melissa Stasko there. Our guitars will be available to be used in the guitar program at the start of the new year.
Personalized plaques for each guitar.
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Take a look at this beautiful horse Mellie drew in 2nd grade. Mellie's mother Melisa was also a lover of horses. This is a preliminary proof of the decal that will be adoring our guitars. Thank you to everyone who has donated and helped to make this memorial come together. Thank you to everyone who has thought about Mellie and Melisa and whispered positive thoughts into the universe that their souls might hear. Thank you for reading this post and not forgetting about a little girl who was our children's friend and, her mother who was just like any of us.
Mellie's horse drawing. Grade 2, 2015.
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As the school year comes to an end we haven't forgotten beautiful Mellie Stasko. Most of the guitars have been delivered and, we are working on selecting the perfect personalized decal for each one.
Guitars are in! #edgewaterremembers
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$4,000 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 68 people in 38 months
Created January 26, 2016
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Cathy Lewis
27 months ago

These mothers have made musical magic out of tragedy ..... to honor a luminous child who fell victim to domestic violence.

CT
$50
Cherie Thorn
27 months ago

In memory of dear sweet Mellie

AP
$30
Anne Marie Prendergast
37 months ago

In memory also of Andrew Lewis, a beautiful guitarist.

CC
$50
Charlotte Cummings
37 months ago

We have fond memories of her mother, as a very young child.

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