This is a message of gratitude, the depths of which we struggle to put into words...
As we, like all of Weston, are tending our hearts at the loss of Weston Selectman Brian Gordon, a group of Brian’s closest friends reached out to WDP, and shared with us that Brian believed in the idea of the dog park more than any of us knew. And now, those nearest him, want to honor Brian by seeing this park to completion, to help us build this park in Brian’s memory; this park that will bring people together, share in the sunlight, create lasting friendships, just like Brian had always seemed to be doing. It is therefore fitting that this park will be dedicated in his name, with a plaque honoring him, and his life.
We at WDP are truly touched. This is what our vision for a dog park in Weston has always been. All we have ever imagined it be is a place where new friendships begin. It has already been that place for us.
This unexpected donation of $45,000 is received by WDP with great sadness, and great appreciation. We promise to honor the man in whose name it is offered, not only by working diligently to create the kind of community space he would have approved of, but also by sharing kindness and joy with everyone we encounter on the way, and inside this future park.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you Brian Gordon, and we thank you, Brian’s dear friends for your incredible generosity to our community.
Amy Baker Sander
Our hearts break a little more each time when the realization hits that Amy and her pups, Aragon and Lucky, will never be greeting us together at the Weston Dog Park. She was not only one of the park’s most ardent supporters, but also one of the most beloved. You couldn’t know Amy, and not love her. Her smile was contagious, but it was her intellect with which she led. She was a seeker of joy, but a defender of facts. That certainly was her approach to our project, and her heart and her voice leave an unfillable void in the Weston Dog Park community.
Amy’s generosity to our park is carried on today by those who loved her. At the request of her family, donations to Weston Dog Park in honor of Amy’s memory are received by us daily. And it is with the heaviest of hearts, and the deepest of gratitude, that we accept a donation from Amy’s husband, Bill, in the amount of $15,000.
Amy will not stroll through Weston Dog Park with us, and we won’t see her smile as we take in the sight of Weston pups enjoying their freedom on sunny days. We will make sure that her memory is prominently honored at our future park. But it will be in the whispers of breezes, in the rustling of leaves, in conversations shared, and in the laughter chasing behind our four-legged friends, that Amy’s love for the Weston Dog Park will echo through all the moments spent there.
To Amy, forever thank you for your always thoughtful kindness, your unending support, and especially for your warm and beautiful friendship. To Bill, and your children, thank you for your incredible generosity toward a vision Amy shared so gracefully with us. Our hearts spill over with gratitude, and we only hope that in our small way we can do justice to the memory of your beloved Amy.