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Mayor Morse is proud to announce that the Holyoke Mayor’s Fire Relief Fund exceeded its goal of $100,000, raising $103,908 within three weeks since the fire on Northeast Street. The Go Fund Me page raised $65,810 and the Mayor’s Office received $38,098 through in person donations and mail.


Many local businesses and organizations have made generous donations through fundraisers specifically for these families. The Friendly’s fundraiser from January 12th generated a total of $2,595 as a result of five of their store locations allocating 20% of the profits towards the Mayor’s Fire Relief Fund. And on January 16th, Chipotle donated 100% of their proceeds to the fund with a total of $3,671.18.  


Over 1,100 individuals, businesses, and organizations have made contributions to the Mayor’s Fire Relief Fund. Some of the major contributors include the Holyoke Library Corp., Peoples Bank, O’Connell Companies Inc., Holyoke Pediatric Assoc. LLP, Holyoke Rotary Foundation, Hampden County Career Center, and the Greater Holyoke Council for Human Understanding.


“I want to thank every single person who contributed to helping these families,” says Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse. “This is a reflection of how strong, caring, and dedicated our community is to its people. We are going to get this money out to the families as soon as we can. I am proud of what we as a City have accomplished through this relief fund, and I am blessed to be able to serve such a loving and compassionate community.”


The Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation will be managing the account for the funds. The account will be handled at no cost to the City, and there will be a review process with all victims to distribute the funds appropriately based on the specific needs of each family.


This account will continue to operate after assisting the Northeast Street families in order to help those affected by future events. The checks can still be made out to the Mayor’s Fire Relief Fund and ssent to the Mayor’s Office at 536 Dwight Street in Holyoke.


Posted on January 25, 2017 by