Sponsor Letter

The Troy Strawberry Festival serves as a fund raiser for local civic organizations, but it can not succeed without the gracious sponsorship of local businesses. In these difficult economic times, securing sponsors is challenging. Sabra Johnson, the Festival Manager does a great job working with local companies. As is the case each year, the General Chairman is asked to write a letter to the sponsors. I feel pretty good about the following – but there’s always room for improvement.
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Fred Daffner

Saturday, October 4th, 2009, I received a call from Sabra Johnson. She told me that Fred Daffner had suffered from a massive heart attack and had passed away. I was driving to a game at the time and my first reaction was disbelief, followed closely by shock. Now that I’ve read the article in the Troy Daily News, it is somehow real – it must be true, it’s there in black and white.

It’s a terrible loss and leaves me incredibly sad and empty. Fred was a genuinely good person. While I’ve seen him disappointed and angry, I can say the great balance of my time with him he has been a positive and caring person. He was a great resource for Becky while she served as Festival Chairman and I know that I’m disadvantaged with his passing.

I’m not certain at this point how we within the the festival will honor him – but I’m sure there will be no shortage of people who will want to participate. There is no good way to go. There is no good time to go. Having a community of people who will greatly mourn your passing as greatly as Fred’s is to be respected. He is going to be missed.