Dear Morinville News Editor;
We are contacting you to clarify a recent story printed in your fantastic local paper, Morinville News. As many of our board members live in this community, we have kept abreast of the local mayoral race, and news.
I am writing on behalf of the Board of Directors for the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation, a group dedicated to support those in our community experiencing domestic violence. We are a non-profit registered charity formed after the tragic death of local community member and Mother, Jessica Martel.
In your July 8th, 2013 edition, you interviewed mayoral hopeful Christa Naughton, and she mentioned how important community charity work is to her. To quote “Naughton said throughout her time in Morinville she has always tried to be charitable by holding fundraisers for different groups in the community, including the Lions Club and the Jessica Martel Foundation.”
Our board has no recollection of any event being held for our foundation, in fact, we have third party fundraising agreement contracts for any person wanting to host an event benefitting the foundation.
Lynne Rosychuk board President, recalls a couple of The Zoo staff having a BBQ right after Jessica’s death and contributing to Jessica’s three children’s trust fund. The children’s trust fund is not connected to our charity, although Jessica’s children most certainly are.
We wanted to clarify our involvement with Ms. Naughton, and Shot Gun Sally’s (AKA, The Zoo). We rely on community funding, and fully support and encourage local businesses and service groups to hold events and fundraisers. We are streamlining our application process and need to ensure that events are in line with the mission and mandate of the foundation.
We thank you Morinville News, for being an essential part of our community, and for further supporting our foundations work through print.
Rebecca Holland, Public Relations and Board Member
Sent on behalf of The Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation