A Sunny Saturday For Scotty ~ By Wendy Mitchell
After nearly a week of rain, the sun warmly welcomed the hundreds who came out to the 15th Annual Scotty Fund town picnic on Saturday, September 10. The non-profit organization is named for Scotty Anderson, who would have been 18 years old this year, had he not lost his life at the age of 3 to cancer.
“He would have been starting out his freshman year at college,” said Chuck Murad, a family friend of the Andersons who DJ’d the event. Chuck went to Bethel High School with Linda, Scotty’s mother, and has helped out at the event since it began 15 years ago. Dozens of volunteers manned the booths that filled the entire lawn of the Municipal Center.
Bouncy houses, pony rides, a dunk tank and many other kid-friendly activities entertained children and helped to raise money for a great cause. The Bethel High School Honor Society students painted kid’s faces, students dressed as princesses and many volunteers sold t-shirts and other items to help raise money for the fund.
The Scotty Fund provides financial and family support to children with life threatening or critical illness in Bethel and surrounding areas.
“We can’t do what we do without the dedication and help from all of these great volunteers,” Linda Anderson said.
Linda, along with her husband Mark, founded the non-profit organization which serves about 18-25 families from Bethel and surrounding towns.
Grant money is given to children for medical expenses, transportation and other costs. Additional support the organization provides include cooking meals, providing child care, running errands and grocery shopping.
The 475 tickets for The Scotty Fund’s Winter Gala were already sold out by 3:00 p.m., Linda said. The event will be held on Saturday, December 3rd from 6:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. at the Ethan Allen Hotel in Danbury.
For more information about The Scotty Fund call (203) 743-1388 or click here.