Fundraising Before, During & After COVID-19 Restrictions & Fabulous Board Additions


With restrictions put in place since the COVID-19 virus and concerns for public safety, we had to take a step back from some of our community fundraisers for this year, including our fabulous Sy’s Sizzlin’ Pageant, and explore other creative endeavors to keep going.  Our Rock, Paper, Scissors was held live the beginning of March in Keene NH before constraints were in place.   In May we held an online yoga fundraiser with yoga and mindfulness teacher Larissa Hall Carlson that was well attended in the “zoom room” and 5 of our applicants were funded with donations received from that event.  Many thanks go out to Larissa, as well as to everyone who donated and attended; we felt the love.  Larissa has discussed the possibility of doing the yoga event annually for Sy’s Fun:D which would be fantastic! For those who would like more information about Larissa’s work, including free audio meditations and yoga and breathwork videos, as well as online programs for mindfulness, check out her website: https://larissacarlson.com/.

Equally essential, we want to express great appreciation to those of you who are instrumental in our ability to fund those in need by holding Facebook fundraisers or donating through the website or mail as we continue to navigate these unchartered waters. You all are our champions, you really are!  And to add to our list of gratitude, today I heard from Hank Newman, who runs what I refer to as functional yoga classes online; his yoga has been very helpful for me personally in dealing with pain from my movement disorder.  But I digress; Hank offers free classes 3x a week and has a plan in place with students who still choose to donate to attend class; they all decide as a group where they would like that money to go. Hank talked with the group about Sy’s Fun:D and they chose to donate some of their funds to us!  We are quite honored.  If you would like more information on Hank’s classes, please email him at hnewm@msn.com.

Good news about our golf tournament: With states now opening back up, we are on track for golf which is scheduled for Saturday, August 15th  at Pine Grove Springs Golf Course in Spofford NH; to learn more and/or to sign up, visit: https://www.sysfund.org/events/golf-tournament/.  And for our Sizzlin’ pageant fans, Eric will be working toward making next year’s pageant extra sparkly and fun to make up for needing to cancel this year’s event.

Other excellent news: We are super excited to welcome two new board members to Sy’s Fun:D; Jamie Ruloph and Tina Ranney will officially join us in August!  Stay tuned for more about these fabulous women as well as other board members in a future post!  I also want to take this opportunity to thank our long-time treasurer Melissa Kress, who is stepping out of her current role to put her energy into helping with other creative endeavors on the board.  I have much gratitude for the years Melissa has spent going above and beyond the job description as treasurer;  she has truly have been a force in helping us move forward over the years and I am so happy that she will continue to share ideas and insights with us as we continue to grow.

And so we yield to change, not always knowing how we will meet our goal of funding as many applicants as possible, but knowing that there are many people who care and help along the way, and this gives us renewed energy when we need it most.  If you or anyone you know have ideas for or would like to organize an event to help raise money for Sy’s Fun:D, we welcome your assistance; please contact lorraine@sysfund.org.  For those who can and would like to make a monetary donation, these can be done through the website, or via mail addressed to Sy’s Fund, PO Box 3549, Ramona, CA. 92065.  Thank you.