"I would like to personally thank you for the scholarship for my daughter ...

“I would like to personally thank you for the scholarship for my daughter … Thank you for all you have done for my daughter … You have enriched our family in many ways. You are a true mensch …” – Lorraine Montecuollo

Dear Mr. Bailey,

I would like to personally thank you for the scholarship for my daughter, Diane. This gift will greatly help finance her freshman year. You have given Diane many gifts already. Last summer when she started at your firm, she was an unsure teenager embarking on a big adventure. During the two months she spent with your firm she emerged as a confident young woman. She witnessed first hand how true professionals conduct themselves in the business world. Diane gained a glimpse into a world of success. It will motivate her to do her best in college.

Last summer Diane was given an opportunity to meet a man who overcame obstacles. Our family had the opportunity to hear you speak at the 2008 awards dinner and 2008 graduation. I remember your speech well and echoing your sentiments that my kids are lucky to have been raised in New Milford. This town has core values that serve people well during life. Our school system has dedicated professionals who care about the entire child. All four of my children were blessed to have Mr. Harrison as either a teacher or a coach. He taught them the importance of following their bliss and believing that the road Jess taken can sometimes be a great joy. As my family faced our own crisis this March, with the sudden death of my husband, we drew strength from our high school family and town family. I pointed this out to Diane that you found the same strength when you were in high school.

I am sorry we did not get to personally meet at the awards dinner. Diane lit up when she saw you enter the room; she even whispered to me that she hoped the flowers were for her! She has great admiration and respect for you. Thank you for all you have done for my daughter. I would like to invite you and your wife to dinner at our house. It would be a pleasure to cook for you and to get to personally meet you. You have enriched our family in many ways. You are a true mensch and may God continue to bless you with good health, success and love.

Sincerely,
Lorraine Montecuollo