Send Alissa to College

For: Alissa Joy McDonald
Organizer: Jim and Sue Delmege
Send Alissa to College (Alissa Joy McDonald)
of $25,000 goal
85% Complete
Raised by 283 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

On Friday May 9, 2014, Alissa and her mother Deborah were traveling to see family for the weekend.  They had only just started the trip, and were driving on I-90, when a tragic accident occurred. Deborah did not survive the accident.  Miraculously, six year old Alissa managed to come out with a few scrapes and minor injuries. 

After the horrific events of this day, those who love both Alissa and her mom, Deb, want to see Alissa flourish in her future- a hopeful future that Deb always envisioned for her daughter. In order to help her towards this goal, the money raised will be set aside to fund her future education. 

Deborah was a devoted mother, and would do anything for her daughter. With her gone from this earth, we want to help her fulfill the hopes and dreams she had for her daughter. Together, we can join in being a part of a future hope for Alissa.

A note from Jim and Sue, May 13:
Thank you so much to all who have chosen to help Alissa through this fundraiser. After just a few days, we we are overwhelmed at the love and support shown for this precious girl. At the request of several people, we have even raised her goal, but no matter what the number is, we are extremly blessed to know there are so many people who love and care so much. As our hearts grieve the loss of Deb, our hearts are also filled with the love that has been poured out through this and many other ways during this time of sadness. Alissa will be facing so much in the coming years and you are helping make this one thing for her future a little brighter. Every gift is both a blessing to a little girl who needs your love and support, as well as an honor to her mother who always gave everything for her daughter.

Thank you so much and God Bless you!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 1, 2014

Posted on August 1, 2014

Hello all. This is Jim & Sue Delmege writing on behalf of Alissa McDonald and her college fundraiser that you helped support. We are officially ending the online web site for donations and we want to say how overwhelmed and grateful we are to all who have given through finances, activities and prayers. It has been a challenging time for all of us, but I want you to know Alissa and her dad, Chris, are doing very well. She finished the school year and is looking forward to a new school, and 1st grade, in the fall. She is happy, healthy even with a lot of changes this summer so please continue to keep her and Chris in your prayers.

This fundraiser has over $21,000 at this point and will now be placed in a trust for her so when those college years come she will be able to have some options that might not otherwise have been available to her. And you had a part in making that blessing happen for her. Thank you so much! If there are any additional funds that want to be given after this date (Aug, 1 2014) please feel free to contact me directly ([email protected] or 585.415.1889) and I will get them into her account.

Thank you again for all the love and support you have shown to Alissa and her family. I just heard Rob Goodling will be putting on a Memorial Concert in Deb's honor at the end of August to further support this fund. The kindness of people is just overwhelming. Thank you, Rob! Below is the info I received on the concert in case you are interested in attending.

As the years go by and Alissa finishes high school this will be such a reminder to her of how much Deb meant to so many people and of you love for Deb and Alissa. I will keep all your names so she can read them and be encouraged by knowing her mom was loved by so many wonderful people.

God Bless,

Jim and Sue Delmege

Email from Rob Goodling about the concert:

Please join Debbie’s friends, family, neighbors and colleagues on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 3 p.m. to celebrate her life at a Memorial Concert given in her honor. Music was very important to Debbie and this retrospective will feature pieces that reflect her musical journey as well as her beautiful life.  
The concert will be presented at the historic Hervey Ely House, 138 Troup Street, Rochester 14608 in the Corn Hill neighborhood where Debbie lived. Parking on Troup Street is limited and attendees may wish to park in the school parking lot at 85 Adams Street and walk two blocks north on Eagle Street to the Hervey Ely House.
A reception will follow, during which donations will also be collected for Debbie’s daughter Alissa's college fund. Anyone wishing to contribute may bring a check written to: The Estate of Deborah Lanzone McDonald.
If you wish to be part of the program, to speak, to provide refreshments, or to contribute in any way, please contact Rob Goodling at [email protected] or Eric Traugott at [email protected].
We ask that you share this invitation with anyone else you feel might wish to be informed of this memorial concert.


Posted on May 30, 2014

Posted on May 30, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014:
We are overwhelmed by the continued love and support shown by each and every one of you here on this site. Every dollar given is a blessing for Alissa's future. Please continue to keep Alissa in your prayers, and know that we cannot extend enough thanks to all of you. 

God bless you and your families. 

-Jim and Sue Delmege

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