To the Editor:

On Sunday, Oct. 5, I held a community fundraiser to raise money for Ann's Place.

This letter is to thank all of the wonderful people who made this event possible. "Human Love," an evening of art, music, dance and more, raised more than $6,000 for the organization.

Ann's Place is a compassionate nonprofit that serves more than 800 people of all ages with all types of cancer. They have a unique and compassionate pathway, for those battling any type cancer, as well as their loved ones.

They provide counseling, educational resources, nutritional classes, support groups, wellness activities such as art classes, Reiki, Tai Chi, yoga and much more.

They are able to provide all of this for free because of community fundraisers such as "Human Love."

My goal for the event was surpassed due to the outpouring of support from local community artists who donated artwork to be auctioned off during the silent auction. More than 30 pieces of artwork were donated which made a fine array of choices for bidders.

I thank each of you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity and talent.

I would like to thank the following people who helped to get things started:

Robin Dann of Studio-G Graphic Design & Communications donated her time and creativity, designing the logo as well as all of the marketing materials needed for print and social media use. Without her, I would not have been able to get the word out for this worthwhile mission.

Trish Haldin of Trish Haldin Photography donated all of her time and talent taking inspiring and important photos that were displayed during a private photo exhibit for women. These photos were beautiful images of cancer survivors. I am extremely proud of Trish's work and her vision. I would also like to thank the brave women who participated in this photo exhibit -- Jennifer Foster, Jenifer Titmas, Colleen Golembeski and Kristin Ziegelmeier.

Elizabeth Parkinson and Scott Wise, owners and directors of FineLine Theatre Arts provided the venue for "Human Love" as well as the entertainment from the AIM dancers (Artists in Motion). The student performers danced lovely pieces for the audience and the ambiance of FineLine proved to be the perfect location for this event.

Chris Vitarello and Billy Bileca, a dynamic duo, provided awesome jazz music that absolutely wowed the crowd. I was truly honored to have them both there, donating their time and musical talent as well. Also, thank you to Sabrina Benedicto for her beautiful performance on violin.

All of the people who helped to organize this event from the beginning stages. I would also like to thank the following businesses for coming through with donations to help with refreshments -- NeJaime's Wine & Spirits, Lucia's Ristorante, S & D Liquors, Heritage Wine & Liquors, Taormina Restaurant and Zegarelli's.

Thank you to Ring's End Lumber for donating the wood for the photo exhibit and to the wonderful sales associates from Kohl's Department Store in New Milford for volunteering their time.

To learn more about Ann's Place and how you can support, please visit

Valerie Walsh

New Milford