March, 2007: It was a special night filled with people who formed Annie’s life and others who were touched by Annie’s contagious love and love of friends. There probably wash’t a person there who didn’t come away changed by the infectious nature of those who cared for one another.
40 Birthday BannerReflections and Comments were provided by:

Dr. Alan Crocker
Director of Developmental Evaluation Center at Children’s Hospital, Boston and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical Center, Cambridge, MA

Beverly Rivkees
Director of the Murray Hill Child Development Center of the ARC of Union County, NJ

Valerie Bradley
President of Human Services Research Institute, Cambridge, MA

Dr. W. Carl Cooley
Developmental Pediatrician, Crotched Mountain Foundation Medical Director and
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Dartmouth Medical School

Janet Nisbet
Director of the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire

A special message from….

Lynn Madore Szumiesz
2006 Recipient of an Annie Forts “UP” Fund Special Education Scholarship at Plymouth State University

Some very special “Annie Stories” recalled by…

Ann’s Siblings
Brian, Sheri MacMillan and Jeff spoke about growing up with Annie.

Bob Degan
Lifetime family friend

Chris Burke
“Corky” from the TV show “Life goes on.” A “Forever Friend”

Freddi Gale
Program Director of North Country Independent Living & Director of the “UP” Fund

Pete Hopkins
1987 high school classmate

Applause, laughter, standing ovations, and hugs by Annie, followed each speaker and by the end of the night all those in attendance began to understand some of the “Annie Mystique”.

So many thanks go out to the folks at Church Landing at Mill Falls and the Common Man Family of Restaurants for their “Major Help” in making this party a reality.

Special thanks to Annie’s brother-in-law, Jim MacMillan for the work he put into creating the ongoing slide show of Annie’s life in pictures.

A special thanks to all the table sponsors and all those who contributed items for the silent auction which raised $3,800 for the Fund. Many people made contributions to the Fund in Annie’s name and for that we are very grateful.

Also, many thanks to the following for their generous contribution in order to make this celebration a success:

Peter Hopkins of Lee, NH
Meredith Village Savings Bank, Meredith, NH
Century 21 – Lakes Region Realty, Moultonboro, NH
Oglethorpe Fine Arts and Crafts, Meredith, NH
Tylergraphics, Laconia, NH
Donna Love of Love Bites Pastry Shop of Moultonboro, NH
Terry Larrere, Island Quilters, Governors Island, NH
Bunny & Gary Brauns, Gilford, NH