New Days Ahead
Our all-volunteer group is raising money because we know there are going to be financial needs for years to come. In the short term, we’re here to help the families of the 26 victims, those who were wounded but survived, the twelve kids who witnessed the massacre first-hand, and those affected by the shooting as students/faculty/staff of Sandy Hook Elementary and Newtown-located schools, and first responders from the area who were dispatched to Sandy Hook Elementary.
We are actively seeking to assist who fall within these groups to simply let us know how we can help. Just contact us.
We issue press releases and have this Web site because we want the world to know where they can direct their good will, but we also have the Web site so those affected know we’re here to help, support, and honor them and their lost loved ones. We will continue to work on behalf of the those affected knowing that although we can’t take their pain and suffering away, we can help with expenses and treatment, such that they can focus on themselves and their family’s wellbeing. While we will remain financially transparent and will be audited annually to be in compliance, we will make no announcements about who specifically we have made disbursements to. We are not looking to publicize nor exploit those we’re trying to help.
We place our faces and backgrounds on this page not for self-ingratiating reasons, but so that you may know we are real, concerned volunteers with real lives relating to Newtown, and are dedicated to assisting in the long-term healing needs of those who remain, and the respectful honoring of those lost. If you see us in the grocery store or at church, we are happy to hear ideas, constructive criticism, or commentary so that we can continue to evolve to better serve the needs of those who are affected by this tragedy.
For more ways to help us, please visit our VolunteerMatch page.
Newtown Memorial Fund Board Members:
We established the Newtown Memorial Fund on the afternoon of December 14th, 2012. As a near-lifetime resident of Newtown and parent of a first grader that day, it was something that I felt I absolutely had to immerse myself in. My family moved to the Sandy Hook area of Newtown, Connecticut in 1984, where I attended Middle Gate Elementary School in Newtown. I graduated from Newtown High School with friends from all four elementary schools here in our great town. I eventually moved back to Newtown in 2005, where I now reside.
My child is a member of the class of 2024, and attends school here in Newtown at a different elementary school than where the attack occurred. I decided to help our community have a proper fund for the proper memorialization of those who did perish, and to support and help strengthen all of those affected by this tragedy.
Consequently, we created an enduring memorial and assistance fund. You can read more about this on our Mission page as to its purpose and intended projects. Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc. is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Jim Gaston, Esq.
James O. Gaston, Sr. has lived in Newtown for more than 23 years. He is married with four children, ages 24 through 16. He majored in Finance and Economics and is a practicing lawyer. Gaston served long on both the House of Delegates and the Board of Governors of the CT Bar Association, the Board of Governors of the CT Trial Lawyers Association, and he sits on two Non-Profit Boards. He was elected and served 10 years on Newtown’s Board of Finance, and presently he is a Selectman on Newtown’s three-member Board of Selectmen.
John has lived in Newtown for most of his life and grew up in Sandy Hook. He is married with two daughters, both of whom attend Newtown Middle School currently and attended Sandy Hook School. John has a B.S. degree in Applied Economics and Business Management with a minor in Marketing from Cornell University and is now Managing Director at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. John has been an elected member of the Town of Newtown’s Board of Finance for the past fourteen years where he has served as the chairman since the board’s creation. Prior to serving on the Finance Board, John was an elected representative for six years on the Town of Newtown’s Legislative Council. John has also served as the Treasurer and President of Rock Ridge Country Club, a family oriented country club in Newtown.
Robert Davenport, C.P.A.
Robert M. Davenport is a Certified Public Accountant and a Partner with the firm of Nanavaty, Nanavaty & Davenport, LLP. Over Bob’s career, he has specialized in serving the tax and financial needs of entrepreneurial companies and their owners. Bob holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, Accounting and a Master of Accountancy with an emphasis in Taxation from the University of South Carolina. He is licensed to practice in the state of Connecticut. Bob is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants, Newtown Chamber of Commerce, St. Rose of Lima Church Finance Council, Treasurer of Newtown Nighthawks Football Association, and past Treasurer of Newtown Youth Football & Cheer Association, Newtown Youth Services, Inc., and Newtown Youth Baseball Association.
Christian is a Newtown resident and a father of two young children. He and his wife moved from New York to the Sandy Hook borough of Newtown 8 years ago to start their family. He is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of GSS, a locally-based executive search firm that exclusively services the healthcare industry. He also plays an active role in forming and raising funds for innovative, start-up businesses.
David Howard attended Sandy Hook Elementary School, graduated from Newtown High School and currently resides in Sandy Hook with his wife and two young children. As a Senior Manager with Grant Thornton LLP in NYC, David services clients nationally advising hospitals, health systems and physician organizations on strategy and financial performance. David has a B.A. from the Univ. of New Hampshire, an M.B.A from the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.P.H from Columbia University.
Michael was born and raised in Connecticut and grew up in Enfield. After attending Southern Connecticut State University, Michael embarked on a professional career in numerous Sales and Marketing positions for some of the Nation’s largest corporations. Michael, and his wife moved to Newtown on 10-31-2003 and their first experience as a family was walking up and down Main Street during Halloween and recognizing the residents of Newtown are unique, passionate, and extremely family oriented. This environment was exactly the type of environment they wanted for their children and later their business. Michael’s true passion is with the Life Sciences and in 2007 he started his company Element Marketing Group Inc. which is based in Newtown. EMG has grown steadily and now counts some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical manufacturers among its clients and employs over 35 employees Nationwide and over 20 in Newtown.
Andy Sachs is the father of two young children and the husband of a Newtown native. Professionally, he is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker and team leader of “The Around Town Team.” He also proudly serves as an elected member of the Board of Newtown Police Commissioners. Before entering real estate, he worked in non-profit development, campaign fundraising, and national sales and marketing management.
Julie has been a volunteer member of the Newtown Scholarship Association since 2004, currently serving as the Association’s President. She is the Executive Director of University Financial Assistance at Sacred Heart University (SHU) in Fairfield, CT, a position she has held since 1987. For over 30 years, Julie has helped countless students attain a higher education through the administration of financial aid. She is well known and respected in her chosen field, serving on several Boards of Directors and a frequent presenter at College Board activities. She regularly interacts with students and parents at high school financial aid nights and college fairs. Her technical knowledge of the field of financial aid is extraordinarily broad and her passion for helping students achieve their dreams of a college education is as strong today as it was in 1979 when she first joined SHU’s financial aid department as an assistant director. Julie and her family have called Newtown home since 1980. They moved to their current home in Sandy Hook in 1994. Their son Nicholas was educated in the Newtown public school system, as was his wife Kaitlin, both graduating from Newtown High School in 2001. The Newtown Scholarship Association, the people of Newtown, and especially the borough of Sandy Hook, are close to Julie’s heart, and she considers it an honor to be able to be a part of the Newtown Memorial Fund.
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