When we originally started the Ryan M. Morin RY2K Memorial foundation, we weren't sure what cause to donate our funding to. There was a lot of activity going on with regards to The Station Fire and we did not want to send funds to a cause that wasn't sending them directly to those who needed them most.
Sue had read an article about a single woman who was severely burned in the fire. Gina Gauvin had somehow survived the ordeal with 80% of her body badly burned and was single with 3 kids to support. When Sue informed me of the situation, our directive was clear. We had a more than eligible recipient.
We started out with an annual golf tournament. This was the basis for our funding and the biggest contributor. Sue collected raffle items and I organized the event. We held 6 tournaments since the fire and would consistently pull in 50-60 players.
Since many of Ryan's family and friends were getting older and having family's, we chose to switch the 7th year's theme from golf to BBQ. We held a family day at the Day Pond State park in Colchester CT. This allowed wives and children to participate and many were in attendance. We had a huge inflatible bouncy, a volleyball court and a horseshoe pit set-up. The kids also fished in the nearby brook.
It has been 10 years now and we have missed the last few. However we are now focusing on providing funds to the "Station Fire Memorial Foundation". They are driving the initiative to memorialize the actual site of the fire into an everlasting memorial location. This will take millions of dollars to build and perpetually maintain. We will be contributing to their efforts moving forward (among others).
Look for more fund-raising events we plan on holding in the near future.