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 assist those who fall within these groups. Click here to 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 well-being. 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.
NOTE: As of 2017, our primary annual fundraiser will be conducted by organizers of the Sandy Hook 5K. For more information on this respectful tribute, click here: https://runsignup.com/Race/Donate/CT/Newtown/SandyHook5k
Newtown Memorial Fund Board Members:
Founder & Chairman
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.
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.
Julie has been a volunteer member of the Newtown Scholarship Association since 2004, previously 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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