The family of Jonathan Miller, a member of Lewiston-Porter High School's Class of 2010 who died in a tragic car accident, announce that the upcoming J-Mill Memorial Charity Giving Fund's third annual golf outing and dinner will be the last. However, the cancellation of future fundraisers is not for a lack of generosity, support, kindness, and empathy from the Niagara Falls community.
"I want to emphasize that we get a ton of support for our events that we greatly appreciate! This event is certainly not lacking support - right when we announced it this year we got over $5,000 in support from participants," says Jeannine Brown Miller, Jonathan's mother, who also heads the fund. Instead, the family explains that they need some peace and quiet to heal from their beloved son's tragic death. "The death of our son has been hard to deal with, emotionally, and the fundraiser has had its course for us. We need to take our feelings in a different course."
Yet despite the tragedy, Miller also wants to articulate that the local community's appreciation of her son's life has inspired her to honor her son's life through community charity. "The community's support has been amazing," Miller raves, "and we truly want to keep this spirit alive in a different way." Local businesses will continue in this giving vein, offering products in memoriam of Miller to raise money for the community. Orange Cat Coffee Co. offers a coffee brew named "76," the number of Jonathan's retired football jersey at Lew-Port, and Hops-N-Vines in Lewiston will offer a signature drink in memory of her son, which will be Miller Lite with a twist of wine. Funding from the products will support the J-Mill Memorial Charity Giving Fund.
Miller herself and Jonathan's family will also continue supporting the J-Mill Memorial Charity Giving Fund. Miller donates money from her online business, www.hrwebsource.com, an online human resources manager, to the fund as well. A website for the fund, www.j-mill.org, has also been created and those interested can still send donations in Jonathan's memory to the page.
Miller explains that the family will always continue funding in their son's name no matter what happens in the future.
"The giving fund will always remain active," Miller says, "but for now, our family will be involved in a more passive way."
She encourages the community to remain involved with these products and funds meant to commemorate Miller's life. Proceeds go toward the "Spirit of 76 Scholarship," an award granted to a graduating Lew-Port senior who demonstrates Jonathan's values of generosity, kindness and love of life, as well as many local charities listed onwww.j-mill.org.
Miller hopes the final event will have a greater turnout than even before. "We want to make people aware this is the last event so people know they should come to the finale," she explains.
This year's event, which will offer dinner, a Chinese auction, and golf games, will take place on Monday, Aug. 13, at the Niagara Frontier Country Club in Youngstown. It is $40 to attend the dinner, and $140 to attend the entire day with dinner and golf.
For more information, visit www.j-mill.org, the memorial fund's Facebook page athttp://www.facebook.com/Jonathan-J-Miller-Memorial-Page or contact Kevin Miller at 716-946-8289.