In 1970, the magic of the Deerfield Valley captivated my parents, Jerry and Kathie Costello, so much that they have called this place home ever since. Growing up in this valley afforded me the privilege to experience firsthand how a community can work together in times of bliss and hardship. When a member of this valley needs support, every local and visitor extends their hands and hearts to lift the spirit of not only the individual, but also the entire community. In our time of deep loss and sadness, this valley never forgot my brother Michael or anyone in my family. The Costello and Wecker families have certainly benefited from this unconditional love.
At the “COS for a Cause” fundraising event, to benefit the nonprofit organization The COS Fund, the valley’s spirit of altruism and generosity was witnessed by all who participated.
The support from local businesses, valley residents, second-home owners, and Hermitage Club members made our event a smashing success. As hosts to the event, I would like to extend a special thank you to Jim and Donna Barnes and the entire Hermitage staff, especially Glenn Toole, Rob Aubin, Brooke Kanani Kahealani Sachs, Dan Zeman, Rebecca Lewis, Brian Ingalls, Carrie Scott, and Lisa Hughes. Your energy and generosity have no limits!
That weekend we gathered to celebrate Michael’s life and to envision a future where all students have equal access to education (www.cosfund.org/about-cos). Weather and distance could not keep COS Fund supporters away and we welcomed a record number of participants. Only one person was missing at the event, yet in complete harmony our hearts all kept perfect rhythm for you, Michael.
To everyone who donated, volunteered, supported, and attended the event, you are the inspiration that keeps our nonprofit organization growing and thriving. COS Fund supporters, to you I express my deepest gratitude.
Erin Costello Wecker