Enjoy the tree ceremony in Salem as It is supposed to be a beautiful day. What perfect weather to have a ceremony. Thank goodness the heat will be gone. How wonderful that there will be a tree in Salem County in memory of Casey. Let's hope it helps drivers in that area to slow down for pedestrians.
Last night I posted a link to Francisvale Home's "wish list" as a comment. I'm wondering if you can add it to the write up you did for the event. It might be nice to have it there, right on the home page of the event. I'm trying to think of a way to get the word out for people to donate items if they can't make it on the 17th. (or even if they can make it and would like to bring donations along). I can certainly use my house as a storage spot and will be able to take any items up with us in Scott's truck. I also printed out about 5 copies and will give them to Matt so he can bring them with him tonight.
This may be an ongoing event so if they get the first taste, they will be back for the second. I am also making cupcakes so that each child can bring one home for their lunch the next day as many times they go to school hungry. Love these new photos I am looking at while typing of you and Joel helping feed the hungry. Love the hairnet on Joel. See you later.
What a nice gesture, Dianne, thanks so much for sharing that photo and I did receive your message on Saturday morning...and to tell you the truth, you brought tears to my eyes so now we're even! I am so glad you're enjoying it and, more so, the heartfelt intent behind hit. I've been waiting to respond...and I, sort of, did in our poems' portion of Casey's sight, albeit not personally...but now is as good a time as any. Even though I had never met Casey, I'll say it time and time again, I've never been so affected in a positive way by someone's spirit and I think of your family more than you'll ever know. The spiritual person that I am allows me to connect in a special way and I am honored to share in Casey's legacy in whatever small acts that I can. With warmest thoughts to you especially...
In November I posted a poem I had read in The Fishwrapper, an Amish newsletter. Today I was reading their latest copy and as I was reading a particular article I thought of all the photos I had seen on Casey's website of the both of you doing mother/daughter things and there were many. In it was a story about a man who, through his busy life , had not made it a point to spend more time with his widowed mother. One day his wife suggested that he take his mother out to dinner - just the two of them. - so he did. Shortly after his mother died of a massive heart attack and he was so sorry he had not spent more time with her. Sometime later he found a letter his mother had written after their dinner date and in it was a receipt from the restuarant they went to for a dinner for him and his wife paid for in advance. The letter said that their night together meant so much to her. The man then realized the the importance of saying in time, "I LOVE YOU" and to give your loved ones the time that they deserve. Nothing in life is more important than your family. Give them the time they deserve because these things cannot be put off till "some other time".
Deartest Diane...I would be so proud to have a bumper sticker...I know that your daugther's visit here was short, but, I know in my heart of hearts she is angel sent to earth to fill and keep filling all hearts with love....After spending time looking and all the web sites and crying with you and for you that she had done more than some in a longer life time....I feel this is so beautiful what you have done....I am willing to do anything for your angel ......I have only one son Diane his name is Philip and he is 29 and my heart....He is all I have and two wonderful dogs...lol...That I have now.... I pray everyday he is safe in God's hands...God needed Casey to watch over so many and she is by your side I feel this....Please, don't think I am crazy it just I feel things and know they come from God......I know you were a kind and loving person in school and after seeing all of this she was so much like you even in looks...Wow it was like looking at you when we were young....Take care dear one....Arlene
I just want you to know that I'm thinking of you, Joel and Brett today, Casey's birthday. Enjoy your celebration tonight with Casey's friends. It's a beautiful day, the sun is shining--just like Casey's spirit will always!
Thank you so much for your note. I have visited the website often and didn't realize I had not joined until Saturday! I think of you and Joel often-through Melissa's descriptions of your memorable Tuesday dinners, looking at Casey's beautiful smile, or just driving in my car. I know that the past nine months have changed my life.....because of Casey. Her legacy is like the branches of your incredible pink tree-reaching out in many directions giving light and strength to all who see it. Tomorrow, I'll look up to the brightest star in the sky and say "Happy Birthday Casey"
Dianne, I live in Delaware County and visit the Jersey shore a lot. I have been following your story since that horrible day last July. Your daughter has just touched my heart. I am in awe of everything you and your husband have done in the past 9 months. Somehow I will find a way to give back like Casey did. I will be thinking of your family tomorrow on Casey's birthday.
Dianne, you did a great job speaking in Ocean City. We were proud of both you and Joel. You surely are making a difference in the lives of many with all your hard work in getting the new pedestrian crosswalk law passed. We read the many articles in the various papers and saw numerous clips on the tv. Channel 5 (Fox) did a real nice job. I am also trying to find the directions for the cemetery. I guess I don't know where to look. I have not found the memories section yet. Susan
Yes, I knew Casey from high school. We were good friends at school when we were little (like first grade). I remember coming to your house for her birthday party that year! Casey and I weren't all that close in high school, more like acquaintances and friends of friends but she was in some of my classes throughout school. Casey was awesomely smart and a great actress. I'm happy I have a bright memory of her from school.
I am planning to go to the benefit concert at West Chester. Will the bracelets and bumper stickers be sold there? I'd love to get one there. I'm part of Phi Sigma Pi at Drexel (which is the group Amber is president at West Chester) so I'm trying to spread the word through my Chapter and hopefully get the word out. Maybe in the future, our Chapter could do something to contribute to the foundation as well. I'll bring it up as a possibility for a service event.
I hope you and your family are doing well. It's wonderful to see how far all of your efforts have come in remembering Casey.
Hi Di...I guess you're back from Colarado ( only to be hit with yet another snow storm!!! ) Thanks for dropping off my package from Rachael ... I love it and will where it proudly in Casey's beautiful memory!! Hope to see you guys soon!
True indeed. I ran across my current picture looking at the album from August of 2008 when Casey and I were down at the shore, and it brought a big smile to my face. I enjoy being able to see us together in both silly and serious pictures. I hope you and Mr. Feldman and Bretty are doing well. If possible I'll try and stop over for a visit when I come home this weekend.
Hi! Thank you for the kind message! Of course I remember you! My Mom and Dad were talking about your pink Casey tree, so we came onto the website to check it out. It looks beyond amazing and I think that it's an incredible idea--so creative and beautiful! I then continued to browse the website... it's so nice and it sounds like Casey was an incredible girl!
Let me know if there's anything else I can do... I'd love to help out with some of these service projects!
Hi Mrs. Anderson! I was a freshman when Casey was a senior. Through watching Casey on the STW stage and on the morning announcements I really looked up to her. Casey made acting look like so much fun and my sophomore year I joined STW and saw how much fun it actually was. I did not get to know Casey until she had already graduated. She would always come back to watch our shows every year, and even if we had a bad performance she would tell us how good it was. Casey was such a role model to me in theater and I am so happy I got to know her even if it was just for that little bit of time. I go to Catholic U now, and every month my friend Shannon, who also knew Casey and I go to our Church and light a candle for her. She was such an amazing person, and will always be remembered.
P.S Over break I was able to drive by your house and see the wonderful pink tree. It was beautiful. Thank you for spreading the light this holiday
Thank you so much for the comment. I met Casey in my last year at Fordham when she was a sophomore. I was one of her News Editors on The Observer, along with Meaghan. Though she was younger than me, she was a talented and thorough reporter who taught me a lot. I continue to do positive things because of Casey everyday. I feel truly blessed to have known her.