Spring 2013 Newsletter

Happy spring from the Forget Me Not Foundation! The winter months have kept us busy this year and we are excited to bring you all of our latest news. The date for the fundraiser has been set and this year we are changing venues. The fourth annual Evening to Remember will take place on October 24th 2013 at The Terrace at Biagios in Paramus, NJ.

In early April the Forget Me Not Foundation sponsored the Resolve Through Sharing (RTS) Bereavement Training program at Hackensack University Medical Center. The training was a huge success by all accounts as over 50 nurses and medical personnel attended from all over the North East. 

Resolve Through Sharing   (RTS) Bereavement Training program at Hackensack University Medical Center 

Resolve Through Sharing (RTS) Bereavement Training program at Hackensack University Medical Center 

Resolve Through Sharing is nationally recognized as the gold standard in bereavement training. The 3 day training covered all aspects of caring for a family who has lost a baby. Many of the participants went out of their way to thank us and say what an incredible educational experience it was for them.

We have supplied our memory boxes and educational materials to more hospitals in the area including Englewood Hospital and Palisades General Hospital. We have also recently restocked HackensackUMC and Valley Hospital. The beautiful boxes and materials are mementos the family takes home to remember their baby who has died too soon. 

The 4th Annual “An Evening to Remember” will be held on October 24th at The Terrace at Biagios in Paramus. Many of our kind supporters have asked about donating gift baskets for the raffle. We are now accepting donations and signing up restaurants for the tasting. For information on how to donate or volunteer, email us at info@fmnfoundation.com.

We look forward to seeing you in October! 

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for the hard work it took to put on the RTS training event at Hackensack. I came away with so much information to help me better serve the patients at Overlook Medical Center and I am inspired to try to help train our staff so that there is consistent compassionate care offered throughout the hospital. May God bless you in the wonderful work you are doing!
— Chaplain Sharon Burniston

Forget Me Not Foundation, on November 30 my grandson passed at 36+4 weeks. A sudden newborn death. His autopsy was all negative. His heart just stopped. I wanted to thank the foundation for their education of the nurses at Hackensack labor and delivery. I myself am a NICU nurse and have been on the other side of the grief and caring but to experience this tragedy is unbelievable. I also wanted to thank you for the forget me not gifts – the hand print, pictures, rings, seeds (to be planted in the spring) the box is beautiful. Enclosed is a small donation to help with your continuing efforts to help families at a time that will never be healed.
— Grandmother of Ayden Berube

Founder's Note

Dear Friends,

Now well into our fourth year our organization is growing and is better positioned to help more families in our community. We have begun taking some of the larger steps we had in mind when we started on this journey. Hosting the RTS Training was a major accomplishment and what the health care professionals take away from the sessions will make a major difference for the families in their care. We are delivering memory boxes to five area hospitals and plan on reaching double that amount before the year is out.

We thank you all for your continued support, and we count on it again this year as we take some more strides to help more and more grieving families.

-Melissa & Dave Barry 

Thank you again to our

generous donors from 2012:


A Lawns & Stone
Andrew & Brooke Reger Anheuser Busch
Blue262 Creative
Capture Technologies
Cathy Dutches
Christina Havens
Classic Auto Spa
Greg & Sons Auto Service Inc. High Focus Centers – Dr. David Nyman
Inserra Shoprite
Kelly Masterson
Kim & Bill Cerretta
Masterson Pools
Ray & Donna Barry
Rich & Kim Masterson
Secor Farm
The Nakasone Family
Tom & Caryn Steiner
Walt Disney World 


Afghan Wireless
Beers Flower Shop
Bob Garrett & Hackensack University Medical Center Caesars Entertainment Chelsea Piers
Coco Curtain Studio
Denise Crosta
Former Troopers Association Hahrts Images
Hakeem Nicks
Herb & Tiamecua Roberts Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
James Keogh
Janet Peluso
Jessica Karaway
Joan Masterson
Karen Praschil
Kelly Nakasone
Kim Jacobs
Lawrence Tynes
Lenfam Management Local One, IATSE Maureen Casey
Mickey Wilder
Pediatric Center for Heart Disease
Pete & Jean Barry
Shawn & Andrea Burnside Skinplicity
Toys R Us
Wayne PBA Local 136



A Mano
A&P (Pompton Lakes) Adventure Aquarium
Araya Rebirth
Arthur Murray Dance Studio Aurorae Yoga
Ben & Jerry’s
Binboa Vodka
Bonefish Grill
Cabot Cheese
Canvas on Demand
Carolyn Amoresano
Cathy Carney
Chelsea Handler
Corrado’s Market
Cucina Calandra
Dr. Barry Love
Dr. Ben & Anita Dispenzarie Eat Smart
Ed Karaway
Eileen Casey Walters Foodtown
Gary’s Wine & Marketplace Green Mountain Coffee Hilton (Hasbrouck Heights) Home Depot (Lodi)
Italian Riviera Jacquelyn Brady
Jamie Carney
Jillian Collins
Joe & Donna Cannatella John Travolta
JT Wines and Spirits Kaci Taylor
Kelli Crosta


Kim Shadek
Kitten & the Bear
La Lanterna
Legal Sea Foods Liberty Science Center
Maggiano’s Little Italy Maureen VanSlyck Moxie Salon
Namaste Organic Spa
Panera Bread
Paula Deen
Ridgewood European Day Spa Ridgewood Running Company Robert Flaherty
Rossi Company of Ridgewood Paint & Wallpaper
So Stefanie Jewelry SportsBrella
Susan Sheehan
The Anzivino Family The Brownstone
The Daily Treat
The Fireplace
The Cannatella Family The Cerretta Family The Fountain Spa
The Havens Family The Melting Pot
The NJ Devils
The NY Giants
The NY Jets
The NY Rangers
The Rude Family
The Sak
V Capelli
Woof Gang Bakery


And Our Fantastic Restaurants:

The Melting Pot
Maggiano’s Little Italy
The Village Green
And Our Fantastic Restaurants:
Lepore's Italian Market
The Shannon Rose
Davey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Sweet Indulgences
The Best of Everything
Hors D’oeuvrery
Blue Moon Mexican Café
Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas
DiBari's Catering
Tito's Burritos
Brooklyn Brewery