A fundraising event was held at Steve and Francoise’s house on Sylvia’s birthday, April 22, 2012. Francoise baked many desserts that Sylvia liked. Over $1000 dollars were raised for the Sylvia Bingham Fund.
By Jessica Bernstein-Wax
Originally posted on Marin Independent Journal
A golf tournament and dinner benefiting a fund for a former San Rafael woman killed riding her bicycle in Cleveland last year raised about $2,500, organizers say.
The scramble tournament and dinner benefiting the Sylvia Bingham Fund occurred last Saturday at the Peacock Gap Country Club & Spa and attracted 32 golfers and about eight more people for dinner, organizer and golf pro Paul Rojas said.
“Everybody had a great time,” said Rojas, who knew Bingham and her father through a local hockey group. “I put my own money into it, so I went out and bought drinks for everybody. It was a beautiful day outside.”
The money raised at last week’s tournament will go to the Sylvia Bingham Fund, with the Massachusetts-based Peace Development Fund handling donations and deciding which charities to fund in consultation with the Bingham family.
The family plans to suggest donations to the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, Terra Linda High School and organizations that promote healthy eating habits, particularly among children, Steve Bingham said.
“Sylvia was very, very much into good, healthy food,” her father said. “To her, the good life was having time to spend with friends around the dinner table.”
Golf Tournament Photo Gallery
On April 24 2010, two days after her Earth Day birthday, family members, friends, teachers and neighbors gathered at Steve and Francoise’s home in San Rafael to remember Sylvia. Three beautiful dwarf citrus trees were donated by the parents of four of Sylvia’s classmates at the Lycee Francais La Perouse in Corte Madera: Marianne Engdall (son Chase), Carmen and John Santore (daughter Giovanna), Sophie and John Cicerone (son Adrian), Cynthia Fantacone (daughter Sophia) and Mohammed Shoostarian and Sherry Ramzi (daughter Tanaaz). Also a fig tree, given by Steve’s fellow board members of Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, was planted over some of Sylvia’s ashes. The event was also a fund-raiser for the Haitian Emergency Relief Fund. Pierre Laboissiere, a leader of the Bay Area Haitian community, Walter Riley, a HERF board member and his wife Barbara Rhine (also law school classmate of Steve’s) spoke. About twenty five hundred dollars were raised for HERF to benefit grassroots organizations in Haiti.
Haiti Fundraiser Photo Gallery