New Milford >> Harrybrooke Park in New Milford is hosting “Love For Lauren” as a small concert, yoga class and with great food. For just $25/adult or $10/child, guest will take all of that in while raising funds for the park and a children’s charity. The event will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“Love For Lauren” is in honor of Lauren Dibiase who took her own life on December 11, 2016 at just 30 years young. The Dibiase family is working closely with Harrybrooke Park to ensure these three loves of Lauren (music, yoga and food) are delivered in her memory and at the park she so adored. Her family is choosing a children’s charity for the second half of the donation.
Billy Buckbee, Executive Director of Harrybrooke Park, stated, “Lauren was my friend and she loved this park. This event is an amazing representation of the things she loved in the place she loved. We miss her every single day, and this collection of activity are three things she adored dearly.”
Harrybrooke Park is a non-profit volunteer organization committed to the preservation of the Park’s natural beauty and upkeep of the park’s facilities and the Harden House Museum. The park was given to the people of New Milford in 1965 by the late Frank Harden and is open to the public at no charge from sunrise to sunset year round. Endowed by a trust fund, it is governed by a Board of Managers and receives no funding from the Town of New Milford nor from the state. Donations, grants and fundraising activities help keep the park running as the trust no longer covers all the expenses. It’s estimated at over 10,000 hours of volunteer work was contributed last year alone.
The park also features two event pavilions for groups and families to host private parties, a duck pond, nature trails, wetlands, a walking/bicycling loop, and scenic views of the Still River. The Park is also ‘home’ to the Harden House Museum, built in the 1940’s with a large adjoining flower garden, which can be rented for weddings and other private special occasions.
The event will kick off at 4pm, with a tree planted in Lauren’s memory. Participants will then take a memorial walk around the park as Lauren used to, and join the festivities at the Conn Pavilion. The bands were organized by Lauren’s Friend Ethan James (EJ) and include Chris Daly, The Other Erik, Gutless Wonders and EJ’s band, East Street. Buckbee additionally offered, “If you knew Lauren, it’s a great wat to remember her and we ask friends to bring a photo and maybe buy a shirt for the event. If you didn’t know Lauren, you will certainly feel the love we all hold for her and enjoy a wonderful evening for two great causes.”