I’d like to wish a happy and healthy new year to all of Dan’s followers. Your ongoing support is very much appreciated.
Our family has been incredibly touched by the recently published remembrance articles and ongoing tributes by coaches and members of Dan’s former teams.
It is very clear to us that Dan made an incredibly positive impact on others during his life and we are committed to keeping his memory alive and to continue to spread his positivity to others.
We are happy to share that The Daniel J. Hollis Foundation, Inc. is now an officially recognized corporation. Our accountant has prepared the necessary paperwork and we are patiently waiting to receive our tax-exempt/non-profit status from the IRS. We were thrilled to learn that while this process can take several months, all donations made to the Foundation can be retroactively credited as a donation to a charity.
The Foundation has been actively planning upcoming events and performing acts in accordance with our mission:
The Daniel J. Hollis Foundation, Inc. is devoted to providing opportunities for young people that cultivate curiosity, support healthy competition, and develop meaningful connections.
We were honored to provide the funds to secure a service-dog for an eight-year-old autistic boy. According to our recipient, “my dog will help me to be brave and confident. My dog will help me connect more with adults and my friends too.” We could not think of a better first act for the DJH Foundation. Not only was Dan a dog-lover, but he also lived for social relationships. He wanted everyone to have “the best time ever” and would love to not only provide our recipient with a dog to love, but a vehicle to develop more social experiences. If you are interested in learning more about the organization that provides service dogs, please visit: neads.org
The Foundation has also recently created a website at www.danieljhollisfoundation.org; a Facebook page The Daniel J. Hollis Foundation, Inc; and an Instagram account at danieljhollisfoundation.
Future plans for the Foundation include the creation of a sportsmanship scholarship at Hopedale High School; the development of creative (writers, artists, musicians) workshops for you adults to explore the arts in meaningful ways; an annual field trip for elementary students to learn how to skate with help from the HHS Boys’ Hockey Team; and the creation of scholarships for college students looking to study/travel abroad.
The Foundation has already received an incredible outpouring of donations. We look forward to holding several fundraisers in the coming months including the 1st Annual Golf Tournament on June 29th at Blissful Meadows Golf Club and supporting marathon runner Jamie Gornstein Tighe in the 2020 Boston Marathon as she runs to benefit the Mike Weaver Helping Friends Forever Foundation, Inc. and the Daniel J. Hollis Foundation, Inc (see below for our marathon announcement). We hope you will be able to join us for one of our upcoming events and thank you for your ongoing support.
Marathon Announcement 1.20.2020:
On November 8, 2019, the Mike Weaver Helping Friends Forever Foundation donated two portable AED machines to the Hopedale High School Boys’ Ice Hockey and Boys’ Lacrosse Teams in memory of their former captain, Dan Hollis. The connection between Mike Weaver and Dan Hollis goes back to August of 2006 when Mike’s son Josh introduced himself to Dan and became Dan’s first friend in Hopedale. Josh and Dan, as well as Josh’s twin brother Jake, were teammates, class officers, and friends throughout Dan’s life. The boys became friends through school and sports and their parents became close friends through them.
Dan looked up to Mike as his friends’ father, a positive role model, and his beloved baseball coach for many years. After Mike’s untimely passing in 2015, Dan paid respect to Mike by inscribing his initials and date of passing on his hockey and lacrosse helmets until the day he passed.
Today, the Mike Weaver Helping Friends Forever Foundation and the Daniel J. Hollis Foundation, Inc. are pleased to announce they are coming together once again to help others. Through the generosity of the Boston Athletic Association, they were able to secure an entry for this year’s Boston Marathon. A mutual friend of both families, Jamie Gornstein Tighe, has graciously accepted the opportunity to run in honor of Mike and Dan. Jamie, a sorority sister of Dan’s mom Jen, first connected with Dan as they waited to pay their respects at Mike’s wake. Mike and Dan will forever be connected and would be thrilled to know that their connections to others are bringing their community together to help others, to smile, and to fully enjoy life.
All of Jamie’s fundraising efforts for the marathon will support the Mike Weaver Helping Friends Forever Foundation and The Daniel J. Hollis Foundation, Inc. The Foundations will continue to provide AED machines to athletic teams and other community organizations in addition to creating and funding the Daniel J. Hollis Sportsmanship Scholarship. We will have a fundraising platform up and running in the next few days to support Jamie’s marathon effort and honor the memories of Mike and Dan. Thank you in advance for your support!