Sunnyside residents to hold fundraiser for family of Newtown shooting victim

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly

14 Responses to Sunnyside residents to hold fundraiser for family of Newtown shooting victim

  1. Mushroom

    It's unclear why he needs the fund for.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  2. sm

    Would the family prefer that we donate directly to a nonprofit/charitable organization in Ben's honor instead? Has Sunnymoms checked with the family and their wishes?

    The family's pain is unimanginable, but I would want to follow thier wishes and if donating to a charity in Ben's honor is what they want, I prefer to do that.

    Please udpate the story and inform.

    Many people in Sunnyside hearts are broken with the family, and we want to support them, but in a manner that reflects and respects their wishes.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  3. Roger Hitts

    Our benefit is being held with the knowledge and support of the Wheeler family. The money raised will be used to offer financial aid for the Wheeler family and help provide for long-term care of their surviving son Nate. Those who cannot attend but still wish to contribute can do so by sending checks to:
    The Ben Wheeler Fund

    c/o Newtown Savings Bank

    39 Main St. Newtown, CT 06470

    People can also donate securely via PayPal: click on “Transfer” then “Send Money” then use the email address: [email protected]

    Thank you so much! the support we have received has touched all of our hearts.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  4. Confused

    What is the money being raised for?

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  5. O'shea

    People its only fifteen bucks and it goes a long way. Donating shows that we as sunnysiders care. And you get drinks, entertainment, and meet new people.
    Flying to congressional hearings on gun control takes money. Faxing, contacting senators, and informing anti gun groups takes money.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  6. Confused

    Long term care for their son? Wouldn't they do that anyway?

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  7. Sally

    This article makes no sense. It's terrible what happened to their family, but why exactly are they raising money? Why do they need financial support? I'm not trying to sounds callous, but typically when there is something like this it's to help with hospital bills or the funeral or they had a loss of income due to the death, etc. This article, as well as Roger Hitts comment above still doesn't explain anything. Right now it just sounds like something to make everyone feel better about themselves. Please explain exactly why they need this fundraiser.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  8. Anonymous

    I agree why is money being raised? Do the wheelers no longer work ? It just seems odd... This whole sandy hook scheme seems odd ... Maybe it never happened the way they said it did.. Who knows can't believe anything now adays

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  9. Confused

    With the money, they can have a better life. Sounds like that to me. Will money bring this boy back? No, but money, makes everything better

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  10. dina

    they said to raise money for the longterm care of their surviving son so i am assuming the son survived the attacks but maybe was gravely injured and needs medical aid for the rest of his life?

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  11. Another Sunnysider

    Neither parents has been working much since their son was murdered. I believe Francine is a music teacher. The surviving son sang at the SuperBowl.

    The parents have become advocates for workable gun regulation and that takes time and money too. I will be volunteering at the event. I remember the family when they lived here and they are wonderful people.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  12. PATTI

    I too question this 'fundraising'-sounds fishy to me

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  13. 123sunny

    It is poorly written --- the article. I assume that the older child needs, at a minimum, therapy and professional support and insurance does not cover it. I assume that neither parent has been working since the tragedy (so a loss of income). I assume that the money will be going towards lobbying efforts.

    I will be donating, but mainly because I cannot imagine the loss the family suffered. And if it helps in anyway, then that is worthwhile.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  14. heather mccray boltz

    The community is raising money for the family. Why are there so many negative comments. Its beautiful and whatever they might need funds for, the sons therapy, funeral costs for their son that died, to set up a memorial scholarship, whatever it is, its a wonderful cause. Its obvious these people know the family and its a large group of local people from their previous community trying to help. Sometimes we give not always asking why or how just because its Gods will. Your beautiful son will never be forgotten. I have no connection to any of the children and still think daily of the babies who were lost on this horrific day and pray for the families for God's guidance and for him to shine his face on these families.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Latest News

Optical store opens Sunday, comes to a block that has seen significant change
April 15, By Christian Murray
A new optical store is opening on Queens Blvd this Sunday on a block that has undergone significant change in the past 5 years. Sunny Sight Optical, located at 44-13 Queens Blvd, takes over the space that was previously occupied by Pink Icing.…
Thomas Noonan Playground officially reopens, tribute paid to veterans
April 14, By Christian Murray
The official ribbon cutting at the newly revamped Thomas P. Noonan Playground took place today with politicians, war veterans and children in attendance. The playground, which reopened last week, underwent a $2 million upgrade that features new play equipment (see previous coverage)—as well as two monuments placed in honor of the men from Sunnyside who were killed in Vietnam.…
Nine story residential building nears completion, apartments to hit the market next month
April 13, By Christian Murray
The largest residential development to come to Sunnyside in recent years is expected to be completed next month and the 38 rent units contained within it will soon be hitting the market. The development,…
Massive climbing facility to open, to be western Queens’ second climbing venue
April 12, By Michael Florio
Climbing enthusiasts will soon have yet another rock to climb. The popular rock climbing gym, Brooklyn Boulders, is set to open a massive facility in Queensbridge this summer. The facility will be the second major rock climbing venue to be located in Long Island City.…
Search continues for lost rescue dog, clues in short supply
April 10, By Michael Florio
The posters are still up and the ads still run—as the search continues for a missing rescue dog. Mary Tyler, a beagle mix, went missing on March 3rd just a day after she was adopted and found a new home in Woodside.…
Gianaris renews call to end ‘conversion therapy’
April 9, By Michael Florio
In the wake of President Barack Obama’s recent comments condemning "conversion therapy," State Sen. Mike Gianaris has renewed his call to ban the practice in New York. Gianaris, who co-sponsored a bill in 2013 that would ban conversion therapy for minors,…
Tickets go on sale for the 2015 Taste of Sunnyside
April 8, By Christian Murray
Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Taste of Sunnyside. The event, organized by the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, will feature more than 26 restaurants and will once again take place under the block-long tent on Queens Blvd (between 45th and 46th Streets) under the elevated 7 train.…
With 8 new appointments, Community Board is more reflective of the district, Van Bramer says
April 8, By Christian Murray
To its many detractors, Community Board 2 was viewed as lacking transparency and a place where younger people felt disenfranchised. However, in recent times that perception has been changing as newer, younger and more diverse members have joined the board and a bigger push has been made to notify the public of meetings and its decisions.…
Woodside: Two men wanted for stealing bicycles from apartment building
April 8, Staff Report
Two men broke into a Woodside apartment building Monday and took off with two bicycles, according to police. The men allegedly forced their way through the front door at 37-76 62nd Street and fled the building with the bicycles.…

More Headlines

Tickets go on sale for the 2015 Taste of Sunnyside
April 8, By Christian Murray
Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Taste of Sunnyside. The event, organized by the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, will feature more than 26 restaurants and will once again take place under the block-long tent on Queens Blvd (between 45th and 46th Streets) under the elevated 7 train.…
With 8 new appointments, Community Board is more reflective of the district, Van Bramer says
April 8, By Christian Murray
To its many detractors, Community Board 2 was viewed as lacking transparency and a place where younger people felt disenfranchised. However, in recent times that perception has been changing as newer, younger and more diverse members have joined the board and a bigger push has been made to notify the public of meetings and its decisions.…
Woodside: Two men wanted for stealing bicycles from apartment building
April 8, Staff Report
Two men broke into a Woodside apartment building Monday and took off with two bicycles, according to police. The men allegedly forced their way through the front door at 37-76 62nd Street and fled the building with the bicycles.…
Shelley’s, a long-time Woodside watering hole, closes
April 7, By Michael Florio
A long time Woodside bar closed its doors for good last night. Shelley’s Bar, which has been located at 58-15 Woodside Ave for nearly 70 years, closed after the landlord wanted to increase the rent as the lease was being renewed.…
Sunnyside Library adjudged one of the 10 best, in running for $20K
April 7, By Michael Florio
The Sunnyside Library is in the running to win $20,000. The library, located at 43-06 Greenpoint Ave, was selected as one of the 10 best branch libraries across the five boroughs. Now, it has a 50-50 shot of winning $20k.…
Thomas P. Noonan Playground to open Tuesday, two months ahead of schedule

April 6, By Christian Murray
Sunnyside’s kids can now head over to Thomas P. Noonan Playground and play on the swings and slides. The Parks Dept. completed its $2 million revamp Monday and the playground will be open Tuesday.…
Arts group takes over vacant Sunnyside store, asks what are you willing to do for love
April 3, By Michael Florio
A Queens-based arts group will be taking over a vacant 47th Avenue store next week to showcase what people are prepared to do to be in love. The store, located at 39-11 47th Avenue,…
Traffic light comes to Skillman Avenue, as residents continue fight for safer street
April 2, 2015
A new traffic light is going up on the corner of Skillman Avenue and 51st Street. The light represents another victory for local residents and elected officials who have been fighting for years to improve traffic safety on Skillman Avenue.…
City to redesign Queens Blvd, to incorporate bike lanes and public space
April 1, By Christian Murray
The DOT has unveiled plans that aim to transform the “Boulevard of Death” into a safer roadway that incorporates bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly upgrades. The DOT plans to tackle the 1.3 mile stretch between Roosevelt Ave and 73rd Street first since it is the most dangerous section of the boulevard.…
Gianaris introduces bill to ban state-funded travel to Indiana
March 31, By Christian Murray
State Sen. Mike Gianaris has introduced a bill that would ban state-funded or state-sponsored travel to Indiana. Gianaris’ bill comes in the wake of Indiana’s recently introduced Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The new law provides people with the ability to ignore existing state laws in cases where they are a “substantial burden” on their ability to follow their religious beliefs.…
Fundraising campaign launched to bring performance series to Bliss Plaza
March 30, By Michael Florio
Sunnyside Shines kicked off a fundraising campaign last week to help underwrite the cost of hosting a series of public performances under the 46th Street train station--known as Bliss Plaza-- this summer. The performances will be held monthly and will take place every third Thursday from June through October.…
Plans filed for 48th Street/Greenpoint Ave. development
March 26, By Christian Murray
The developer of a Greenpoint Avenue site--once home to King Boulevard and a number of neighboring stores--has filed plans with the Department of Buildings to construct a four-story, mixed-use building. AB Capstone, which bought 47-16 to 47-24 Greenpoint Ave.…
Comedy group to raise funds for urban farmers, hosts show in LIC Friday
March 26, By Michael Florio
A western Queens comedy group is hosting an event to raise funds for an urban farming group that operates out of Long Island City. Sunnyside Comedy, a local organization that hosts comedy shows in the neighborhood,…
Man stabbed inside Queens Blvd specialty food store
March 25, By Christian Murray
A 41-year-old man was stabbed today inside a Queens Blvd food store, according to police. The police said that two men got into a dispute at about 1: 30 pm at Parrot Coffee, located at 45-15 Queens Blvd.…

Restaurants

  • Random Posts