A joyful evening of connection and celebration in support of the mission and services provided by Healing Grace: Center for Hope and Healing was held at The Alice T. Miner Museum in Chazy on October 14. Healing Grace is a nonprofit organization based in Plattsburgh that provides support to families experiencing pregnancy and infant loss named in honor of Founder/Executive Director Sarah Munn Wojtaszek and her husband Keith Wojtaszek's infant daughter Grace.
The second annual event raised nearly $3,000 for Healing Grace. The nonprofit offers grief support, remembrance items, comfort boxes, miscarriage kits, and other services for North Country families going through the heartbreaking loss of a baby. Attendees enjoyed an evening of music with Taylor LaValley and explored the museum's rooms and collections. Refreshments were enjoyed and Munn Wojtaszek and John Bernardi, president and CEO of the United Way of the Adirondack Region, spoke of Healing Grace as a community-centered organization that meets a tremendous need in our region.
The Alice T. Miner Museum is a fitting location for this event as it helps to carry on the legacy of giving that William and Alice Miner created in the North Country, but also honors William H. Miner Jr. who was born on March 16, 1902 and sadly died two weeks later. The Miners had no other children, but the year following the death of their son, they came to Chazy and started building up Heart's Delight Farm and later the Chazy Central Rural School and Physicians Hospital.
We are so grateful for the generosity of several local businesses who helped support the Cultivating Hope event: Brown Funeral Home, Riley Ford, North Wind Primary Care, Ice House Farm Store, and Livations. Promotion for the event was done with the help of public relations students at SUNY Plattsburgh. A third annual event is being planned for October 2024 at the museum.
If you would like to make a donation to support Healing Grace, visit Healing Grace: Center For Hope and Healing | Finding hope in the face of loss (healinggraceph.org)