David's House News!
Zach Tilbe Heroic Hearts Fundraiser
Zach Tilbe, who passed away at age 17 in November of 2012, often spoke passionately of giving back to
the organizations that helped him and his family. On January 25th, Zach’s father, Al,
with the help of some family and friends, made that wish come true.
They raised nearly $6,000 through their “Zach Tilbe Heroic Hearts” efforts, which included a dinner/dance
at the Governor’s Inn in Rochester, NH, selling t-shirts, and creating an online fundraising page
(Visit the page or contribute at davids-house.kintera.org/individuals/zachtilbe).
We are so happy and honored to have been involved, and we couldn’t be more impressed with or thankful
for all of Al’s hard work. We also want to thank Zach, whose generous, pay-it-forward attitude
reminds us of the House’s namesake, David; even now, they continue to inspire and bring goodness and joy
to those around them. Many thanks and warm wishes to everyone involved!
Massive food donation by Albert's Organics
On Saturday, a huge Albert's Organics
truck drove down the driveway of David's House, and with the help of staff and volunteers, they unloaded 1,575 pounds of food worth a whopping $4,200!
Orchestrated by Arthur, one of our wonderful volunteers, the massive donation filled up our multipurpose room and will go such a long way in helping David's House meet the needs of families.
HUGE, HUGE thanks to everyone involved!!
Nolan and his clocks
Just before the New Year, longtime guests and friends of the House, 13 year-old Nolan and his mom Lucy, came for a visit to the House with their 4-H group. After shedding their shoes and jackets, they filed into the kitchen to see at the beautiful, white and gold clock that hangs proudly on the wall.
At the start of each new hour (or if a certain button is pushed), the clock streams cheerful music into the air as a small platform, containing miniature, golden figurines holding musical instruments, drops down from the bottom into full view. In less than a minute, the music fades, and the little men disappear again into the clock. It’s a dazzling treat that often has young guests of the House standing quietly as the hour closes, staring up at the hands of the clock, waiting patiently for the show to begin.
This story really starts years ago, when the old, ordinary kitchen clock broke. Young Nolan took it upon himself to raise the money for a new, special clock very similar to the one above, which resided in the kitchen for years. Recently, when it was decided that the singing clock would be a delight for children in the (soon to be) expanded play room, Nolan decided to raise the money for a new clock, this time with the help of his 4-H group. He spent hours searching for the perfect clock, and he couldn’t have done a better job!
Thank you, Nolan and the Cheshire County 4-H, for adding a dose of musical cheer to David’s House!
KIDling company raises $350
Abby and Matthew Clark, ages 15 and 12, are bright and resourceful fundraisers from Warren, NH who took advantage of the cooling weather and the woods around them to raise money for David’s House.
The pair are co-founders of “The KIDling Company,” through which they bundled and sold an incredible 700 bunches of kindling throughout the summer and fall! They sold the bundles for $2.50 and donated 50 cents from each to David’s House.
We got to meet Abby and Matt when they came to David’s House in early November to drop off the $350 that they raised and to see the place that their hard-earned money would benefit. We were so impressed by both their maturity and their motto: “Kids helping kids!” Thank you so much Abby and Matt!!
A Run In Memory of Tristin Roy
The second annual Tristin's Live, Laugh, Love Run was held on October 5th here at David's House, and
what a success it was! Sponsored by TomTom, where Tristin worked alongside her husband, the
organizers(her husband, Dan, and their coworkers from TomTom) did an amazing job from start to
finish. Atop being a loving mother, wife, and friend, Tristin was a volunteer at David's House volunteer,
and we are honored to be a part of her memory.
A beautiful Day on the Course
We are happy to report that, thanks to our sponsors and everyone else involved, we raised more than $15,000 through our September 9th Upper Valley Golf Tournament!! From our sponsors, to those that donated auction and raffle items, to our volunteers, to our golf committee members, to all of you players... Thank you! The weather was gorgeous, and we can't wait until next year. :)
Lindsey Frank Riders amaze like never before
Once again, as they do every year, the Lindsey Frank riders made their treck from Lake Winnipesaukee to David's House with stuffed animals strapped to their bikes, in memory of a guest of David's House, little Lindsey Frank.
This year, though, they were almost double in number with close to 200 bikes and more than 300 riders. And this year, in combination with their first annual golf tournament, they blew last year's fundraising out of the water by raising over $40,000. We are so thankful for this wonderful group!
Our new rooms are open!!!
Our four new rooms are now open and ready to be used by families!
From left: Bird, Garden, Dolphin, and Owl
Keeping David's Promise Ribbon Cutting
June 21st marked a great day in the history of David's House. The ribbon cutting ceremony that officially opened the four new bedrooms and living spaces of the addition was a wonderful celebration, and we couldn't be happier. We were joined by nearly 100 of our supporters and friends, and Dick, the House's founder, was all smiles as he cut the ribbon. Thank-you to all of you who have helped us reach this wonderful milestone.
Team David's House Amazes at 2013 CBHM
On behalf of everyone at the House, I want to sincerely thank all of our Covered Bridges Half Marathon runners for choosing to be part of Team David’s House and for working so hard to fundraise.
The team of nearly 50 blew past the incredibly challenging goal we set and ended up raising nearly $33,000 in donations. This team is one of the most succesful we’ve ever had in our long history of CBHM fundraising, and we can't thank them enough!
Can Tabs from Hartland Elementary School
Had David had the chance, he would have attended Hartland Elementary. Instead, the school's students visited David's House to about David, his dream, and the ways that David's House helps families. They also learned to think and act charitably by collecting and donating can tabs. The 26 young, community-minded students carried the many tubs of tabs to our front porch themselves, full of energy and happy to contribute.
Thank you for visiting and thank you for the HUGE amount of can tabs!
New Hampton Community School Visit
A HUGE thank you to Mrs. Downing's 5th grade class at the New Hampton Community School for making boxes and boxes of colorful bags filled with useful (and fun) items for our families. The group also toured the House, played on the playground, and met the House's founder, Dick. A great day!
On behalf of the families who will receive the care bags - thank you!
Comcast Cares Day
Comcast Cares Day is a day on which Comcast employees, their families, and their friends across the nation volunteer in their local communities to help change lives. This year on April 27th, our friends at the Lebanon, NH and Springfield, VT offices of Comcast collected grocery items to help feed the families of David's House. A huge thank-you to Stacy Lewis (below, with Jaye and their donation) and all of our other friends at Comcast!
Quarter 1 of 2013
quarter 4 of 2012
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Quarter 1 of 2012
Quarter 2 of 2011