Who is Marjorie?

 Marjorie's Hope was named in memory of Marjorie Paradis-Brownridge, who tragically passed away in a car accident caused by a drunk driver on August 5th, 1996. Marjorie was a single mother and left behind two children, Andrea and Robert, who were 11 and 12 years old at the time. Marjorie had a vibrant personality and a zest for life. She was deeply devoted to her children and actively volunteered wherever they were involved.

Marjorie also had a strong faith and a passion for helping others. She believed that personal appearances didn't matter as much as what was in their hearts. She had a unique ability to connect with troubled teens and would often bring them to church in the back of her pickup truck. It's ironic that the boy who caused Marjorie's death was the same type of kid she would reach out to and bring to church.

Marjorie had a fierce and protective nature when it came to her children and others in need. She had a great sense of humor and would often create spontaneous and entertaining moments. One memorable incident was when she stopped the car late at night to perform a song and dance routine to the Motown song "Stop in the Name of Love" in front of the headlights, with passing motorists as the audience. Another cherished memory was when she brought plastic microphones to her niece's soccer game and led her family in singing the Sister Sledge song "We Are Family" with great enthusiasm, becoming a distraction to the opposing team.

Marjorie's upbringing instilled in her a strong sense of community service. She was involved in various organizations like Lions, Kiwanis, Sertoma, and Toys for Tots from a young age. Marjorie was particularly drawn to events that focused on helping children. Her love for horseback riding led her to volunteer with Horses for Handicapped.

The love for Marjorie never fades. Marjorie's Hope was created as a way to celebrate her life rather than mourn her passing. The organization continues Marjorie's legacy by assisting the same children she reached out to during her lifetime, providing them with backpacks and other donations.

Marjorie's children, Robert and Andrea, have grown into amazing individuals. They both serve on the Board of Directors and actively help run the organization and volunteer with their families.