Jenny Lewis memorial college fund
As we continue to grieve and our hearts are heavy with sorrow - we know of so many family and friends who still feel compelled to help...
As most parents do, Jenny and Doug had set up 529 college savings accounts for their two beautiful children Lexi and Andrew. Please take a moment to consider your contribution towards this effort. All proceeds from this campaign will go directly to these accounts.
We would appreciate if you would share this information with others you know who also loved our dear Jenny.
Thank you and God bless!
Fall and the holiday season are upon us and this truly was Jenny's favorite time of year. We will continue to keep this campaign running for Jenny's kids and we kindly ask you to continue to support by either donation or just sharing if you have already donated. Thank you! Here is an update from Jenny's husband, Doug:
As the holidays approach, I always remember Jenny smiling and happiest. She LOVED the holidays. Loved this time of year starting with Halloween. I remember her throwing Halloween parties for our kids when they were in preschool - the kids were so young and so shy - but by the end, everyone was getting along, laughing and she'd be there in the background, talking to parents, smiling and just in her element. Changing of the leaves, going to Thanksgiving and rolling right through Christmas and New Years.
She absolutely loved the holidays. Maybe it was being surrounded by family and friends. Maybe it was getting together with everyone, but she was always smiling, always happy and always looking forward to seeing people and making them feel as if they absolutely were the reason everyone was smiling and happy. While we're only a little over a year from her passing, I hope my kids will be able to look at this time of year and take the torch from her. I hope they're happy and can look back, not with sadness, but with joy and in the spirit of Thanksgiving - I hope they can be thankful of what time they DID have with her and know she was an amazing mother and would absolutely change the world if they needed it. Lord knows she tried and while it's sad for many of us because we can imagine the void she's left, we have to look forward and see Alexandra and Andrew come into their own.
I absolutely love seeing the parts of Jenny in them come out and shine - and hope I continue to see more and more. She was an amazing woman and CONTINUES to inspire me. Thank you all for your continued support and please, keep not only my children in their prayers, but continue to share the stories of Jenny and how she's touched you to make sure they're aware of just how wonderful she was. THANK YOU.
Today would've been Jenny Lewis Catalanello's 48th birthday. We also just passed the first year anniversary of her death only a couple days ago. Her family got together to release some balloons in memory of her wonderful uplifting spirit. It's been a tough year overall for everyone who knew her. Amazingly, her kids are doing well and her husband Doug has been a phenomenal father...Jenny would be so proud how her husband, parents, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, in laws and friends have kept it all together.
Please take a moment to share this posting and see if we can continue the campaign to raise funds for Jenny and Doug's college savings. That would be wonderful gift you could give today. God bless you...please enjoy what's left of the summer.
Warmest thanks to you!
We hope you are having a good summer.
I thought it was a good time to reignite the campaign. If you recall, we set up this savings fund, to assist with college savings for Lexi and Andrew.
We've had pretty good results from this campaign so far. As you may recall, we are coming up on the one year anniversary next month of Jenny's death.
Would you take a moment to consider sharing this or forwarding again and/or seeing if you're willing to make another donation?
Thank you very much for helping spread the word!
Here's an update from Doug:
Like many of you, these last weeks have been filled with anticipation. Much of it having to do with my kids as they finish out the school year. Many people have said things like "I can't believe the end of school is here - where did the year go? It flew by".
Lexi has moved on to the 8th grade and Andrew made the big step from elementary school to middle school. I expected to be overwhelmed with emotion at his graduation. I remember how excited Jenny was when Lexi was moving up and tried to make sure the experience was as close to the same for him as it was for her.
I was overwhelmed by emotion - but not in the same way I expected. Andrew was a rock star at his graduation - totally enjoying the moment and being himself and having fun. I couldn't help but imagine Jenny next to us - her smile just absolutely beaming at our little man as he was just soaking it all up. Instead of tears of sorrow, I had tears of joy at just how proud I was of him and knowing how proud Jenny was.
For me, the year has moved incredibly slow. Not sure if my kids feel the same way - but they might as we are all learning to live without Jenny's smiling face, quick wit or spot-on advice. Of course, we've gotten and still get tremendous support from family and friends.
This summer will be difficult for sure - there will be days that remind us and seem to bring us back to that "dark day" that we've all tried to block out - even though we know we can't. All we can do is move on, stay together and lean on our family and friends. I'm thankful for all of your support and it does make a difference knowing you're there for us and to help keep us moving forward. Thank you.
A recent update from Doug:
On March 9th, I was honored to receive a lifetime achievement award for Jenny from the Association of Development Officers of Westchester County. I obviously have been by her side for the last 15 years or so, so I know firsthand about her hard work, the hours she put in and all the time and effort she put forth to make her events a success. The list of these events is endless - starting with Good Counsel, Holy Child, and the Dalton School. That was followed by her work with the Leukemia and Lymphoma society, the Chrons and Colitis foundation and then finally at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. As I was preparing to give an acceptance speech, her introduction blew me away as I realized that in the room of approximately 100 of her peers, she, in one way or another, had worked closely with the majority of those people to help make a difference.
I thought of her as she would've been in that room and of course, how her smile would've brightened up a cloudy day. I thought about how she would've worked the room - making a connection with each and every person and would've made them feel special. That was her gift - seamlessly going from person to person - but making each connection personal and unique - and always with that smile.
Part of my speech was written by her - she had left several notes around - one of them talked about the principles that have guided her - among them; kindness, giving people a second chance, never judging a person by his/her cover, compassion, leadership and mentoring to name a few.
Each of you have your own stories of how you remember Jenny - and there is always a smile involved. I never tire of hearing them or sharing them as she continues to be my favorite subject. I was very thankful that my children were at this event to hear these stories for themselves - to hear from other people, in their own voices what an impact Jenny made for them and how she worked tirelessly to improve the lives of others - whether it was for her school or those who were sick - she was always trying to help. My hope is that they take some of her qualities and incorporate them into their own lives and make them a part of their core values.
Thank you for your continued support for our kids. While we all continue to mourn and try to fill the huge void left by Jenny - I have solace knowing that her spirit can live on through them.