A Bench for Alan Fund

For: Family of Alan Silver
New York, NY
Organizer: Rue Silver
A Bench for Alan Fund (Family of Alan Silver)
$3,476
of $3,000 goal.
Raised by 38 donors
100% Complete

The Story

Dr. Alan Silver made great contributions to the health of New York City's most at-risk populations over his 40 years of medical practice. After founding a high volume primary care clinic at a major hospital geared toward the needs of low income NYC residents, he became a pioneer in introducing health information technology to the world of primary care as well as other important projects through New York's Health Care Quality Improvement Organization. He was still doing this work until a late-stage diagnosis of pancreatic cancer took him away from his passion. 

One of his favorite places has always been Carl Schurz Park, and we as his family would like to honor his name and memory by 'adopting' a bench.

While a very humble and dignified man who would never dream of asking anyone else for a cent, his less-dignified daughter is not afraid of turning to loved ones and online communities and offering them a chance to make this possible. While he is in his final days with us, we're asking for a hand in making a spot where he loved to sit and think "his" spot forever.

All funds go directly toward the bench adoption fees. Any extra funds will be donated to NYC Parks in Alan's memory.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 19, 2017

Posted on October 19, 2017

Sorry for how long it's been with updates on this project, everyone; between my health taking a nosedive that took me largely out of commission for a couple of months (I'm fine now!) and holdups with NYC Parks that were not their fault either (they kept in touch), we finally have something to add.

Four hundred and seventeen days after Dad's death, and five days after its installation -- but only one day after we actually managed to go out and see it -- I'm proud to present the bench and the immediate view from it, now featured in the YouCaring photos because we can't actually attach a picture to this update. That pigeon was there pretty much the whole time we were, but when asked if he was a friend of Alan's we just got a funny headtilt and he flew off. 

The bench itself is not a new bench; it's actually the very same bench he liked to sit on for many years, though it has a new slat and will be receiving a new paint job next year. 

You can find it at 86th St and East End, go up the left staircase and a little more left. 

When the weather's better overall, as opposed to suspiciously like yesterday, we're thinking of holding a meetup of some sort with food Dad liked and balloons; if you're subscribed and got this notice, you will also get that notice. :)

Thank you all so much for everything you've given and everything you meant to Dad,
Rue

Posted on August 16, 2016

Posted on August 16, 2016

Thank you again to everyone who has sent us donations and those of you who have sent along addresses as well as notes for Dad. I'll be compiling them all into one document and printing them out for him to read. (He can read just fine, but his interest in looking at the computer is essentially nonexistent; paper is a different story!) 

I just got a deposit from the payment processor, so the amount of money currently in the account is $1,910.24. This doesn't take into account donations made in the last few days. Either way, it's looking like we're definitely going to have absolutely no problem making this bench happen. I've let him know who has donated, even if I haven't read him the messages yet (except for Mr. Lemme's, which I had to share as interocitors had come up before - he appreciated the sentiment!). He says he is honored, and believe me, so are we all. ?

Posted on August 15, 2016

Posted on August 15, 2016

A request from Mom: she would appreciate getting the mailing addresses of any donor that feels comfortable giving them to us. The 'Contact Organizer' button down there at the bottom of this page is the best way to make sure we get them and store them in an organized fashion. Thank you! :)

The hospital's monthly birthday celebration was today, and Alan/Dad enjoyed his cake and flowers.

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